Let’s Talk About Gender

Charmaine Mufua, Editor: Showayane Wallace

Gender is a social construct.

What is a social construct you may ask? A social construct is, “An idea that has been created and accepted by the people in a society.” 

I personally feel like gender is unnecessary.  Why do we need to be defined in such a way?  Why can’t we just express ourselves the way we please and identify the way we please without having things such as gender norms or roles?  Gender roles and norms have put unnecessary pressure and stress on people for no reason.  As someone who is non-binary, the role gender plays in our society heavily affects the way that I view my gender and my gender dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria is defined as a “clinically significant distress or impairment related to a strong desire to be of another gender.”  I hate that because of society, one will only be viewed as a boy or girl.  It’s been ingrained into our heads that there are only two ways one can identify or choose to be viewed, and that your gender expression must be the same as your gender identity.

But why?

Why do we need to be placed in these boxes? Why can’t someone who is non-binary dress femininely without it invalidating their gender? There is no way to look non-binary, so why does it matter how a non-binary person chooses to express themselves?  Why does it matter how anyone chooses to express themselves? A trans- woman should be allowed to dress masculine if she wants to, just as a cisgendered woman could without her gender being invalidated.

Everyone should be allowed to feel free to identify and express themselves however they please without society telling them that it’s wrong or discriminating against them.