Sexism effect transgender because they are not seen as their desired gender. Constant pressure to conform to gender norms are evident in minority transgenders’ lives. Society want men to be men and women to be women. Transsexuals are living their live in their desired gender, which is opposite of what they were born. Because of this transition, people who do not understand the transgender plight, tend to judge transsexuals on a hyperbolic standard of characteristics of that transsexual’s desired sex. For example, the social norm is that women are submissive and passive. So if a male-to-female transsexual shows aggression, that aggression is perceive as her biological traits shining through. Even though women act aggressive at times. Transsexuals’ desired gender is validated based on them following unrealistic rules and social stereotypes of men and women. They are not taking seriously because of this exaggerated standard.
Sexism is all about male domination; therefore the effects of sexism on both types of transsexuals are different. In a male dominated world, misogynistic views are prevalent. Female-to-male transsexuals are seen as weak because they were born women. Male-to-female transsexuals are seen as weak because they are transitioning to be the weak gender, female. The simmering anger from the male population toward lesbians and female-to-male transsexuals in Africa fuels the rise in corrective rapes. The majority of males believe that by raping, they correct the mental thinking of the lesbians or female-to-male transsexuals. They believe that a woman should be a woman and man be a man, so they usurp authority and enforce it through rape. Many times these criminal acts of sexual violence goes unpunished and swept under the rug by local authorities.
In the documentary Raped for Who I Am by Lovinsa Kevuma, an African man says this when ask his feelings on corrective rape:
“Those people, we must stay away from them. They are not normal people like us……. My idea is to turn their minds to be normal because right now they are being inhuman. If someone is trying to rape them, I can appreciate that because it is showing them the right way to be. They are suppose to live as women.(Kevuma, 2005)”
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