Gender Crisis - Pomi 1 Marc Pomi Professor Walsh 3/16/07...

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Pomi 1 Marc Pomi Professor Walsh 3/16/07 “Gender Identity Crisis?” Webster defines an identity crisis as A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting internal and external experiences, pressures, and expectations and often producing acute anxiety”, as well as “distress and disorientation (especially in adolescence) resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about and one's self and one's role in society.” The movie “Boys Don’t Cry” introduces several characters that suffer a gender identity crisis. The movie takes place in a small town in Falls City, Nebraska where a young confused person Brandon Teena, also known as Teena Brandon by birth right, lives the life of a man but biologically is woman. Brandon meets friends in an awkward situation but ultimately their friendship grows along with their trust. Through the movie Brandon also develops an intimate relationship with a girl and gains her trust as well. The demise of Brandon ultimately amounts to the respond of a character to Brandon’s true identity. Gender Identity Crisis is considered something experience by a person that is either confused with choosing which gender they want to be or believe they are not the current gender and choose to be the opposite. In the film, Brandon, under pressure, admits in a scene he is going through a gender identity crisis. Brandon chooses the life of a man because he believes he is a man. Brandon doesn’t seem to really suffer from a
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gender identity crisis but yet the people that surround him. When Brandon finally is revealed to his biological state of gender a wave of panic, fear, and disbelief comes over his friends and lover. The real people that suffer a gender identity crisis in Boys Don’t Cry are the ones that go through the series of emotions; they experience their crisis because of the inability to accept Brandon for who he was. Candace is the first person Brandon meets of the circle of friends. Candace and
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2009 for the course WRT 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Gender Crisis - Pomi 1 Marc Pomi Professor Walsh 3/16/07...

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