The course I am currently taking, Gender Studies, deals with things I have been seeing in pop culture for many years, and it is- well- gender itself. This class has taught us that there is more than just one gender, which I have been hearing more and more about over the past two years. When I first heard about it, I was about 19, a freshman in college, and I in all honesty was confused. I was like “how the hell are there more than two genders?”, and than, like everything else that confuses me in my daily life, which is about half of the things I see on the internet, I looked it up and read about. But the internet can only tell you so much, so when I saw that Gender Studies was a class I needed for my degree, I snatched the offer up before the class could fill a quarter of the way up. I was excited to take the course. I have learned many new terms in the class, an example being cisgender, which is someone who identifies as the gender that they were assigned to at birth, the exact opposite of transgender. The course has also helped me with other class I am taking, such as my speech class, on which I gave a speech on the origins of sexual orientation. Over all, this class has had a major part in my life in the last two months, and hopefully will for the rest of my time on this earth.
When it cam from the first two chapters Kate Bornstein’s “My New Gender Workbook” I did not learn much things that were new to me at all. I have always had an interest in things that had to do with gender, so I often asked about it and looked up on the subject. For the first chapter, I do not believe that the quiz has anything to do with a person’s gender. On the quiz i scored at “a gender novice”, which I do not agree with at all. Then again I do not think that a single person should and could be placed on this scale, being it is so small. But that’s how I feel about it. Chapter two, unlike chapter one, I think had more informational stuff. It talks about how identity, desire, and power all have something to do with it; finding your gender. I did learn a little bit of new information on this chapter, but that was because it is hard to look this stuff up and get an actual answer on it. Another thing I enjoyed about this chapter is that it was not afraid to talk about sex. Almost all adult humans have sex, so it should be discussed more. When it came to the first two chapters of the Gender Workbook, I do believe that chapter two is more informational than chapter one is.