Transsexualism and Gendered Stereotypes
Anthropology and Sociology
Houston Community College Southwest
This case study is a fictional account of a romantic interlude in which a secret concerning the gender history of one of the characters is revealed. The case is intended to offer students a greater understanding of gendered culture and to discuss diversity issues. Students are also introduced to the possible scientific basis for “transgenderedness” and ultimately transsexualism. The case was developed for a community college level introductory cultural anthropology class, but could also be used in introductory gender classes or in courses where diversity issues may arise, such as in some sociology classes.
- Acquire greater knowledge of transgender/gay issues.
- Understand the challenges facing those in the transgendered community.
- Dispel some of the stereotypes associated with transsexualism.
- Discuss definitions of feminism and the stance of the National Organization for Women concerning the transgendered.
- Understand the psychological perspectives of these individuals and how transsexualism develops.
- Be introduced to a possible biological mechanism for this behavior.
- Be exposed to potential ethical issues surrounding this issue.
- Be introduced to transsexual culture and gendered culture in general.
KeywordsTransgender; transgenderism; transsexual; transsexuality; sex reassignment surgery; sex change; gender; femininity; feminism; masculinity; sexual stereotypes
Topical AreasEthics, Social issues, Social justice issues
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsDiscussion
Subject HeadingsSociology | Psychology | Anthropology |
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