G-E-N-D-E-R. Gender. The thing that defines who we are, how we act, the job we get. Is it still like that however. If you compare the present day to the 1880’s you’ll notice that times have changed…...gender has changed. Now I don’t mean that there’s an extra gender or males and females have merged together and created one super gender but that the way gender is perceived has changed.
The gender norms are being bent. Before, women had to look a certain way, men had to talk a certain way, all of these rules that tell you how a specific gender should behave is being revolutionized into something new. For those that have been living under a rock for the past 30 years, inter-sexuality is a thing now. If you were to travel back in time to the early 1900’s and describe what that was to somebody one of two things would happen. They would either freak out or they would just think you’re out right crazy. No one had ever thought that people would want something like that because of the way they perceived the world. However perceptions change as did gender. Today there are gays, lesbians, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, those are just some off the top of my head. The point I’m trying to make is that these were looked down and frowned upon but now the norms are a lot more lenient.
The way people perceive genders has evolved. The book "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer was published in 1995 and is about a man who ventures out into the wild in the search of a new life. He puts his life in danger and encounters different people along his way. The thing is, if it wasn't a man going into the wild would the story have played out differently. In one of the chapters the main character Alex is hitch hiking. He gets picked up and starts to talk to the driver. They get to know each other and the driver finds out what he was doing but didn't really care to stop him. Now if the main character was a girl do you think that would of been different. Would the driver of been more likely to talk the person out of it. This is 20 years ago and the perception of gender was different from what it is now. 20 years ago women were still pictured as defenseless and incapable of fending for them self. So if the driver had been told that a young women was going into the wild by herself he would of stopped her.
Gender has come a long way. Before it used to be very uniform but now it’s so much different, so much more. With the gender role switch has it helped america or made it worse. I’ll leave it up to you to figure that out.