I recently came across this blog on the Huffington post on parents talking about their transgender children. In my favorite one (link below), the mother is talking about how, all of a sudden, her child's body is not THE topic of discussion. She talks about how her child's very personal body is all people talk about and all people want to ask this child about. They want to know what this child has gone through and what "parts" they have. To me, I cannot stop thinking about what we have been talking about in class this past week... privilege. As a female, I am never questioned my sexuality or gender. Is this because I "dress like a girl?" Why, in 2016, is it anyones business who I like? Why is it anyones business if I decide to identify as a female or male? What if I am both? Why is this so far from the norm? Why would I be looked at as different?
I cannot lie, I am guilty of looking at people who are different than me in a different light. But that does not mean I judge them or make automatic assumptions about them. I wish that society would look at people who are different and think to themselves how they feel. I want people to see people who are not the norm as being THE NORM. It's so sad to me that people are not accepted. I do believe, though, that one day all people will be accepted. The topics we bring up in class are very serious topics that need to be addressed not only by our class but by the whole world.