Breaking Down Gender Bias – Identifying The Genetic Identity - The discussion of identity development requires a few observations. These are important in order for us to understand how identity can develop in different environments and as a result, branch out into different fields of thinking. We first have to start with where identity comes from. It is not that the development suddenly takes place at a later age. In order for that to be true it would follow the same theory as the big bang where a singularity suddenly becomes a rapid increase of multiple reactions of everything at one. You could imagine the confusion of seeing the poor child develop everything they will ever need to define themselves convulse in the middle of a room. No, while the development is gradual over time, it is important to observe the development of gender identity.
One has to be careful when approaching this topic as there are many debates, some more brutal than others that can be stirred up around this development overall. While it is true that gender on the physical level is very specific to one or the other, the formation of identity is more based on social bias and cultural norms. These are often seen as restrictive depending on where you go. There is where gender studies roots itself, and builds its system.
Psychological development research shows that there are three stages of childhood where gender identity develops; toddlers, Preschool and between the ages of 5 and 7. These stages are socialized aspects (where they learn the defined characteristics of gender), consolidation (where the form or identity becomes rigid), followed by the peak of rigidity (where the natural fluidity of defined gender roles are relaxed).
It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out how this development is hardened into a child. The constant exposure and involvement of mass media, authority figures, parental guardians, and other matters during every waking moment establish the norms that the child want to accept or not. In most cases, they do. These are all very influential forces and unless the child has enough of a understanding of resistance and their gender identity, those that are still in development are not going to put up much of a fight. It is these influences that begin to differ in various culture that are usually based off of restrictions that society puts into place. Most of these restrictions are not very well defined as restrictions, and the separation between home and external environments are not yet made as distinctions.
This is where the research begins to become rather controversial with today’s changing standards. The association that a child makes with their sex versus how they should behave in their gender role has been referred to as gender identity disorder (GID). The assignment is said to me misplaced but this is sometimes based off of the reaction or discomfort that the child might express to being confined to their role as it is generally accepted. Many of these ‘disorders’ are suggested as soon as society agrees with it, so it has never been based off of what the child wants.
Throughout history society has often reacted to these as problems and rushes to solve those, using laws and punishment as they tend to embarrass the system. Without any effort made to understand it, discipline has been the first response and in many cultures, restrictions are imposed that are based on gender. During the gradual development of a person, there is a point where the influence is more biased and begins to come from one source over another. This is a matter of control that would not exist if that source was not there, but these are based entirely off of decisions made from the source either as an individual or a group. It will always be very obvious at this point, if there is manipulation or not.