Male and female gender roles exist inside Gay and Transgender relationships

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

No matter how hard the traditional family is attacked and no matter how determined the attack is on male and female gender roles they are so hard wired into our psyche that even gay relationships and Transgender relationships unwittingly follow them.

Here are three examples to prove my point.

In Australia a graphic novel called “Princess Princess Ever After” has been given to Year 7 students at a public high school as part of an English lesson. The two princesses fall in love with each other as it is a non-traditional retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale. The thing is that the male gender role is still very much present in the story. The Princess in the tower does not rescue herself like a good little feminist should. She is rescued by the other princess who dresses like a prince and presents herself in a masculine way. She is acting out the masculine role of rescuer in order to fulfil the other princesses fantasy of being rescued by someone who will take care of her. She is presented as strong and a person of action whereas the other princess is feminine and wanting to be looked after.

My next example is transgender parents who had a child together through traditional sex. Despite swapping genders they are still following traditional gender roles. There is a Mum and a Dad and the Mum is feminine and the Dad is masculine. Despite swapping genders they still want their children to have a Mum and a Dad. Despite swapping genders they are still biologically a male and a female who have procreated and created a traditional family unit.

 Finally, I will point to what we commonly see in committed gay relationships. It doesn’t always occur but when children are involved there usually is one parent who takes on the nurturing female role and one who takes on the protective male provider role. We also see masculine lesbians with feminine female partners and gay men who appear straight but have male partners with more feminine qualities.


 


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