As most social psychologists agree that gender identities are developed in childhood, the solutions for fixing gender inequality are abundant. Yet, society has alarmingly pointed our fingers at a definitive group such as either the parents, men, or women as to remove ourselves from the blame for gender inequality. Biological sex is a label given at birth based on the genitals you’re born with, hormones, and chromosomes you have. The categorization of a given biological sex used to set roles and expectations within our culture is where our biggest mistake lies. Eminem once said, “The lowest degrading thing that you can say to a man when you’re battling him is to call him a faggot and try to take away his manhood … ‘Faggot’ to me doesn’t necessarily mean gay people. ‘Faggot’ to me just means taking away your manhood” (Eminem). In most cultures, such as our own, gender is use as a way of establishing and perpetuating expectations of a biological sex based on characteristics society deems to differentiate between masculinity and femininity. Therefore, our use of gender is in a sense, discriminatory due to the assumption that the biological characteristics of sex predicts characteristics of behavior. Discrimination is simply any response to a perceived difference based on characteristics such as age, race, sex, religion, health, status, physical attractiveness, etc., while societal values and nature set the boundaries for how much discrimination is allowed. As a society, we have the responsibility of setting expectations for the way that people should behave, but we shouldn’t enable ourselves to pretend like we are able to definitively know nature’s boundary. Eminem has learned how to use his culture’s shifting boundary to be dominant over his competition that still hold old values where people with differences in sexuality expectations can’t succeed. Our media, politicians, and mainstream music, to name a few, reflect the values of the current dominant group and we reflect the values of the dominant group in our lives unless we let nature set our boundaries.


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