Throughout our discussion of gender, my recurring thought was how little gender classifications matter and how superfluous the very categorizations are. Reading about David (I will refer to him as David because that is how he identified) only solidified my thought because all of this commotion and incredible trauma was created only to put David in a box that could be easily categorized by mainstream society. If there was no pressure to categorize David's gender, he would probably not have suffered such a traumatic existence, one that resulted in him ending his life. Upon reading the article about the transgendered sex workers, I was also struck with the superfluousness of gender categories. The author kept pressing the individuals to choose a category, but why!? Our society feels the need to have everyone be legible so that we can immediately figure them out and put them in to our own personal boxes. Some people's identities (whether related to gender, sexuality, race, etc.) are more complicated than that and simply do not allow simple categorization. Some people identify with categories that the mainstream hasn't even heard of yet! (Ie. gender queer, gender fucked, etc). I understand that everything is more easily identifiable when categorized but what good has that done to us? Our social construction of binaries has created inequality where one aspect of the binary is always more important and superior than the other.
In conclusion, I feel that we spend so much unnecessary time trying to categorize people in easily identifiable boxes, rather than simply accepting people for however they perform their gender, race, sexuality, etc. (I also realize that utilizing "etc." is fraught, I use it to try and encompass all forms of identity).