Male/Female

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.

 

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  1. Adam Feuerstein says:

    very controversial topic in today’s western society. Male and female roles are constantly debated due to the gender roles put into place many years before we were born. Today many people feel we should not be categorized or judged based on our reproductive organs. I think it is important for clinicians to understand this because although some people may be a certain gender, they may identify better with another based on the gender role. I think this dichotomy was put into place before we could preform the types of surgeries we have today that can change a person sexual orientation. Also although people may be born with both reproductive parts, they are just starting to be accepted more within the past decade. This has formed what could be referred to as a grey area between the two categories. If clinicians did not recognize this area they could misjudge people and make mistakes in their treatment of various illnesses. This I believe is most likely prominent for mental aspects rather than physical illness because men and women respond the same to pharmaceuticals in general. If doctors simply see male/female as two distinct roles they can loose respect from their patients and thus not be able to help them medically. The change in culture has lead to a change in the dichotomy and it is essential clinicians recognize this before working with a patient.

  2. Adam Feuerstein says:

    Delisa, I think you are completely right when you state this is a very controversial topic in today’s western society. Male and female roles are constantly debated due to the gender roles put into place many years before we were born. Today many people feel we should not be categorized or judged based on our reproductive organs. I think it is important for clinicians to understand this because although some people may be a certain gender, they may identify better with another based on the gender role. I think this dichotomy was put into place before we could preform the types of surgeries we have today that can change a person sexual orientation. Also although people may be born with both reproductive parts, they are just starting to be accepted more within the past decade. This has formed what could be referred to as a grey area between the two categories. If clinicians did not recognize this area they could misjudge people and make mistakes in their treatment of various illnesses. This I believe is most likely prominent for mental aspects rather than physical illness because men and women respond the same to pharmaceuticals in general. If doctors simply see male/female as two distinct roles they can loose respect from their patients and thus not be able to help them medically. The change in culture has lead to a change in the dichotomy and it is essential clinicians recognize this before working with a patient.

  3. Shardae Herriford says:

    It is important for clinicians to understand this particular dichotomy because they can treat them according to their hormones. For example, if a woman is having a abnormal hormone imbalance, they can give her estrogen rather than making the problem worst giving her testerone. I think that male/female dichotomy is more complicated in the manner of different chromosomes, gentials, and body parts. Even though this is the obvious difference many times with male and female in western culture they are more people who are fall into different spectrums. However, like you stated it is based on culture aspects as well, where men and women have roles, in todays society people have their own freedom to pick their own role. Biologically, men are born XY and women XX, the gray areas where some children are born XXX or XXY then thats based on thier own view of how they identify themselves. The potential implications if they take it for fact is that the person may feel as though they arent in the “right” body so they choose to change their sex identify. Although, techonology has advanced and Doctors are more knowledgeable to things medicine and science can not provide all the answers that every patient needs. Many older generation still are not evolving and believe that women should be women, be at home mothers that cook, clean and play with dolls. Whereas, men should provide for his family and play sports. Society has began to accept change with this perticular dichotomy, there are still some room for development to fully accept this

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