Love Beyond Gender- Reflection I learned a quite

Love
Beyond Gender- Reflection

I
learned a quite bit from this article, although the main benefit from reading
this article was hearing different perspectives. From people whose partners
transitioned before they were in a relationship, to people whose partners
transition after being together for many years. I also found it interesting
when the article mentioned the appearance of transgender people in the media.
Including references to the popular television show Transparent, and Orange Is
the New Black. And referencing celebrities who are transgender such as
Caitlyn Jenner and Janet Mock. Another thing I found interesting was the
studies which showed some very interesting observations. One of the things
presented was “transgender people are estimated to comprise 0.6 percent of the
population or about 1.4 million adults in the United States.” I found this
interesting because, although there is a large population of people who are
transgender they are not respected as much as people who are cisgender, they
often receive judgement, and receive a lot of harassment and abusive in public
situations and in relationships.

This
article relates directly to my life and is very relevant to me. The reason that
is, is because I am currently in a relationship with someone who is female to male
transgender. And many of the concepts explored in this article I can relate to
my life. As stated in the article “it’s not just individuals who transition but
their loved ones as well.” I understand what the author meant by that. As my
partner is early in his transition, I also have to go through a lot with stigma
myself, if be by people making assumptions about our relationship, or if people
make abusive comments toward him and I have to help him afterwards. Although in
this article it also talks about the sexual identity of the partner. Which I
could not relate to before I was in a relationship with this person I was very
sure of my identity and this did not cause me to question my own identity at
all.

I
also believe this relates to several concepts covered in class, it covers the
subject of microaggressions, and also different aspects of cultural
anthropology. The reason it covers microaggressions is that sometimes people
will have microaggressions against people who are transgendered. Such as making
comments about something they should do to their appearance to look more like
their gender identity. Another major comment made is asking if they have had
“the surgery”. That comment implies that there is only one type of surgery,
where in reality there are many different types of surgery depending on what
the transition is (female to male, male to female, male to non-binary, etc.) It
also applies that the is the only way they can be truly recognized as their
gender identity is if they have had surgery. The other thing this article
relates to from the curriculum is cultural anthropology, the reason is that
transgender in itself is an umbrella term, meaning it is a very broad term used
to generalize a group of people. And within this community, there can be many
different groups, such as people transitioning from female to male, male to
female, female to non-binary, male to non-binary, female to gender fluid, male
to genderfluid, etc. With this article covering several important subjects, I
do believe it is a relevant article that would benefit the curriculum.

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