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.
There can be beauty in almost anything if you look for it, including different types of love. That is one of the points of Oscar Wilde’s Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray. It talks about how humans create beautiful things, but also how they find love between two people of the same gender to be “ugly”. It is not written out clearly though; “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.” The poem is tell the readers that those who find love between two people of the same gender “ugly” are corrupt for thinking this way, because it is still love, and love should not be judged. It does state there is hope for those who accept this love even though they may feel this love for their same gender; “Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are cultivated.” It goes on to say that “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. This is all.” This is to hint to the readers that no matter what love, it is neither perfect nor imperfect, and it can be a happy love, or a sad one. The poem goes on to say that worrying about other’s love is unnecessary, because it is useless to worry about it.