Gender Identity Doesn’t Only Affect Students Education (by Rachel Vanderzanden)

desperate-2293377_1280The Research Essay

Every human is born with some type of genital part, it’s one or the other, there is no in between. However, if you choose to be the opposite of what you were born, then that is your choice. But before you make that choice, you should consider what your future medical issues and appearance to others will endure. You will never have the most accurate results again.

There are a few medical issues that occur when one wants to be transgender, also their appearance in school is most likely judged and the student can sometimes face other students bullying and/or making derogatory comments towards them. Although some people who want to change indent don’t always change their outer appearance, such as their clothing. In the medical field there are some tests that depend on if you’re male or female. For example, testosterone levels. Every human has testosterone, males obviously should have a higher level than a women. Well, let’s say you’re a women claiming to be a male. Your doctor is going to treat you like a male, and they are going to have to use the male levels when testing. Not just for testosterone, but for other tests too.

 

That being said, if you’re a women and you take a male dosage of testosterone, well you could only imagine what might happen. Maybe that is what you want to happen, but it can take a toll on your body after a long period of time. It might cause hair loss, increased red blood cell production which can lead to strokes, clotting, or heart attacks.

Same thing goes for males transitioning to females, too much estrogen can have long term effects as well. Not exactly the same side effects, but similar. All side effects depend on the person and do not always occur, it’s just a risk you should be aware of when considering transitioning.

Most students are aged from five to twenty-four years old. Gender identity becomes a bullying matter in elementary, middle, and high school. Students at that age are still living with their parents and believe in what their parents believe in for the most part. Which can lead to students that age having a hard time understanding that humans as young as five can start changing their gender, but simply claiming they are the opposite sex, dressing, and acting like it. By students having a hard time understanding they often make rude comments, and or bully that student because they are not “normal”. By students treating other students this way, especially the younger they are the harder time they have seeking help/support. Which can lead to affecting their education in the classroom. That student will be more focused on what their friends think of them, instead of seeking education and opportunity.

After transitioning you will not be getting accurate results, medically. That is a choice you’re going to have to make. When medical issues occur you might not be treated properly as if an original male or female would’ve been. Along with the medical nativity gender transitioning can do, it can also effect younger students in an educational aspect. While schools have anti-bully posters, speeches, and assemblies, bullying a boy because he wears make-up still occurs.

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One comment

  1. Dominique

    Rachel,
    I think you definitely picked an interesting and hot topic to write about. As I was reading through your essay I was asking myself, do people transition because they truly feel like they are stuck in the wrong body or are there other factors playing into it? I was thinking of this especially when you mentioned children that think that they need to transition, but at that age they believe what their parents believe. I think you bring up an excellent point, because I remember playing with little boy toys all the time when I was 5 years old and growing up, but that does not mean that I want to transition.

    The one thing that I would have done with your essay to improve it is to make it a little more personal. Why does this particular topic interest you? I know that this is a formal essay, but you can be personal without being informal. Overall though you did an excellent job writing this essay. I really appreciate the fact that you provided the side effects of adding more testosterone and estrogen into the body, it can be very bad. Great job writing this essay!
    Dominique

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