Before our discussion about gender identity in class, I had never thought about this topic before. Being a heterosexual female this topic has never been something that I have had to deal with. Once reading the David/Brenda article, I started thinking, who has the right to decide what gender someone will be or "portray" to society? And if it is just a portrayal of who you are, are we just conforming to societal norms subconsciously? I am the youngest of three daughters in my family, and my father always wanted a son, so I was the daughter chosen to try to fill that void for him. When I was younger I mostly enjoyed things that were stereotypically meant for boys. I even got called a boy when I was in public with my father, although I had really long hair. It wasn't until the age of about thirteen that I had even considered wearing a dress or skirt and letting the color pink touch my body.
I think that gender identity is influenced by society and the environment that one is raised in, but I believe that "nature" (nature vs. nurture) ultimately takes over and one becomes their true identity and self regardless of society. I think that not only gender identity, but identity in general is something that comes from the inside and radiates to the outside of a person. Unfortunately it is judged from the outside looking in. For example, in the link that I have posted, it says:
"A surgical procedure to alter the genitals or other gender characteristics is not required of an applicant for a recognition certificate." Recognition certificate?? To tell someone what gender you are? When would the need for a recognition certificate be necessary and how would this make the certificate holder feel? Maybe they would feel proud to get a certificate saying that they are now "officially" the gender that they have always wanted to be. Maybe they feel that society feels the need to mark them as F or M so that they will be more comfortable with the alterations being done on their body. Regardless the reason, I don't see the absolute necessity to mark someone as A or B. I think labels make people try to conform to the central idea that each label provides, regardless if they have the same beliefs or values. I think that people should be themselves and live through their identity without question of what society will say.