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gender is something we ‘do’ rather than ‘have’”(119). If you are not one, you are the other. And if you are neither, you are distinctly other. The reality is a little more complicated, says Nicole Avallone, interim deputy director of programs and policy at the LGBT Community Center in New York. "Every single person experiences and expresses their gender in a way that is unique and their own," she says. "In this expansive idea of gender identity and gender expression, gender can no longer be just two things, male or female"(“Gender and Development”). Cass Liebman, a health and wellness intern at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, "lives in the center of two genders," for instance. Liebman, who identifies as genderqueer (neither exclusively male, female, or trans), uses the preferred gender pronoun (PGP) "they.". "It was very difficult for me to use 'they' as a singular pronoun at first, because I could hear all of my grammar teachers screaming in my head. But that is the closest thing I have that feels correct."(‘The Development of Sex and Gender”). My biggest takeway is to be more open with other’s view points. To have an open mind means to be willing to consider or receive new and different ideas. It means being flexible and adaptive to new experiences and ideas. Cultivating an open mind is another valuable outcome of critical thinking and reasoning. Now more than ever we live in a world that is constantly changing. People who are open-minded are willing to change their views when presented with new facts and evidence. Those who are not, and are resistant to change and will find life less rewarding and satisfying, not to mention dull. People who are open minded: Are more accepting of others and have fewer prejudices Are more optimistic and make the most of life
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Have less stress because they are more open to change Have better problem solving skills Want to learn more, therefore are more interesting Work Cited Adams, Carol,”I Just Raped My Wife! What Are You Going to Do about It Pastor?”: The Church and Sexual Violence.” TRC, pp. 75-104 Arao & Clemens,”From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces.” Gayle Pollard-Terry | Times Staff Writer. (2004, July 20). For African American rape victims, a culture of silence. Retrieved May 13, 2018, from Gender Development . (n.d.). Retrieved May 15, 2018, from Koerth Bakeer, Ginty, & Joyce, “Freedom to Choose?” S&L pp. 424-430 Michael Kimmel, “Men,Masculinity, and the Rape Culture,” TRC, pp. 139-159 News & Events (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2018, from
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Pearce, C., & S. (n.d.). Gender-Role Development - The Development of Sex and Gender. Retrieved May 14, 2018, from - Development.html Spellman”Gender & Race: The Ampersand Problem in Feminist Thought,” B&C, pp. 265-279
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