SOCI207 - TransAmerica Paper

SOCI207 - TransAmerica Paper - Derek Johnson SOCI 207-501...

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Derek Johnson September 27, 2007 SOCI 207-501 Accepting the Unacceptable In the past week, I have been exposed to transsexuality like never before. I had the privilege of watching two movies: a documentary called Paris is Burning and a film called Transamerica . The movies simultaneously appalled and intrigued me. I was appalled by the complete abnormality of the portrayed individuals when compared to the rest of society, but I was intrigued by their motivations for making such life-altering choices. When all the theatrics are stripped away, the movies simply presented a struggle for acceptance. Transamerica tells the story of a transsexual named Bree. Bree is about to have her sexual reassignment surgery when she finds out she has a son. Throughout the rest of the movie, Bree seeks to gain her son’s acceptance. She so fears being shunned by her son that she hides the facts that she is a transsexual and that she is his father. Bree’s fight for acceptance is also seen in her interactions with her parents.
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