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Vita Yegorova 10/30/07 Friday, 1:30pm Philip Levchak Am I Who They Say I Am? 1. Sociogram Society Peers, Teachers Dr. Money John/Joan Kevin Mom Dad Evaluating John/Joan's life through Stryker's identity theory shows how he could not live his life as a boy. He was born into a world that had expectations for him on how to act and how to feel. After the circumcision accident, John's parents decided, with the help of Dr. Money, to make him a girl named Joan. From this point on, John was expected to act as a girl. He was dressed in dresses, was surrounded with pink items, and played with dolls. Even though John felt uncomfortable in these situations, he could not change his destiny in the defined world he lived in. His position in society had also been decided for him. He was supposed to be a daughter to his parents. The position someone has in society impacts their sense of identity. Even though John felt like he was a boy, he had to act like a daughter to his parents. His feelings of being a boy would not correspond to his social position, which is another reason why he could not be a boy. Also, the way that John felt he should act, such as sitting with his legs spread or playing with trucks, would not be the right social behavior a girl is supposed to show. His established position in the world and the behaviors that come along with being a girl were strongly encouraged throughout John's life. He could
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not possibly be a boy or act like a boy because his parents and doctors constantly reinforced his female status.
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