Right when I read this assignment, I picked to write on this dichotomy because it is a very debated topic, culturally and biologically. Biomedicine in this week’s lecture was explained a direct reflection of nature and its representation. It was also described as neutral from cultural context but through he course of this course, I have realized that culture plays a role in everything. I would explain the culture of biomedicine as the different practices and beliefs that make biomedicine successful. The culture of biomedicine even has its own language. The language and terms used by medical professionals in explaining, diagnosing and offering treatment for diseases and illnesses.
In the world we live in today, people are free to identify with which ever group they choose and even choose to identify as none. This dichotomy which usually falls under sex/gender on most forms has many culturally assigned roles. We believe women should be feminine, little girls should like dolls and women should know how to cook, care for children, get married and build a home with children among other things. We see men as the head of the household, they should be masculine and be able to protect their family. Little boys don’t attend ballet school, they play with action figures and play sports in school.
Even biologically, though 99% of people have one sexual organ and higher levels of either estrogen or testosterone which place them firmly under one category, like we heard in the lecture, there are people that are born with abnormal sex chromosome arrangements. XXY,XXX…etc. Others are born with one organ and during the course of their lives, make decisions to change that organ to identify as the opposite gender. This shows that no matter what people identify as, their decisions are usually based on the reproductive organ they have and how they behave and fit in socially. This seems like a logical way to understand this dichotomy.
It is accepted as fact because it plays a role in many other things. How a person expects to be treated. What illnesses or diseases they will be most susceptible to…etc. This dichotomy in my opinion is the next group of categorization of any species after identifying what species they are.