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Stone Butch Blues

Sexuality can, and is, understood as a social construction.This fact is extremely visible when dealing with the subject of gender.Gender is, by far, one of the most influenced and constructed aspects of social sexuality.Gender is not only the biological aspect of a vagina and a penis, it is a whole social standard of'normal' female or male behaviors, actions, thought processes, sexual preferences and physical appearances.Just stating the fact that one is male or female leads to pre-constructed social images of what is acceptable and, of what defines and differentiates each gender from the other.A good way to illustrate this point is to read the novel by Leslie Feinberg, called Stone Butch Blues.
Stone Butch Blues is a story about the life and identity of a butch lesbian by the name of Jess Goldberg.Jess is biologically a woman who chooses to live her life as a man.Not only does she dress, act and think like a man, she fundamentally believes that she is a man.Unfortunately, in society's eyes there is only one penis/masculine-orientated view of a man and, since Jess is not biologically a man, she is not accepted as a man.What is even harder for society to comprehend is Jess's own notion of her manhood, while at the same time, her acceptance of her own womanhood.What this statement is trying to explain is the concept of the infinite meaning of gender for each individual.Society cannot hope to dictate the boundaries and standards for each gender because they do not naturally exist.Instead, these forced definitions place gender in an unattainable ideal that forms its own entity and starts to exclude the very objects that define it.It is this process that a!
llows society to destroy the true nature of an individual's sexuality and enables gender to become a faceless mask that hides beneath it shame, power struggles, and issues of judgment and control.This logic can be seen in the …

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