Thesis: The gender binary does allow for people who fall outside of it to be generally recognized and understood by society so when they don’t fit into a category they stop being treated like people.
Intro: You are standing in a gym. Surrounded by a group of people, you hear the announcement that meetings will begin shortly. The boys and girls begin filing into their assigned classrooms leaving you in the middle of the floor not knowing where to go. What do you do? You look like a boyish girl dressed in boy’s clothing. You have girl parts but you feel like you are a boy. Which meeting do you pick. Both the boy’s and girl’s room do not have space for people like you, because you are neither a boy or a girl. You are left by yourself, uncomfortable alone in the gym unrecognized by a stunted system of categorization. You are transgender (Biewald 123).
Born a female, 14 year old Mollie Biewald had this experience and she didn’t pick either group. Instead she stayed in the un-gendered space of the gym with one other transgendered individual. Not only did Biewald have all the normal insecurities of being a teenager, and feeling awkward and not fitting in; but he didn’t fit into the most basic category possible, being a girl or a boy. This kind of isolation for people who do not fit into the two categories find themselves isolated from an early age. They are forced into uncomfortable even dangerous situations just because they don’t physically conform to the gender binary. Everyday is a battle for self-identity and self worth for someone who doesn’t fit into the gender binary. The gender binary does not allow for people who fall outside of it to be generally recognized and understood by society so when they don’t fit into a category they stop being treated like people.