What is justice?

I feel like justice isn’t a reality in modern day society for gender, but more of something to strive for. This concern for being fair and impartial isn’t truly executed, starting from the second we are born. We are categorized from a few physical details, and live and grow based off of expectations of gender. There’s nothing impartial from this categorization, with gender roles affecting the dominance and submission of the sexes.

What’s even worse is that those who cannot be categorized are completely ostracized or forced to conform. Individuals’ bodies can be manipulated without permission to agree with societal standards (such as intersex infants), something truly inequitable seeing as present society views the right to one’s body as an inalienable right. Others, or those older, feel pressure socially to conform to these standards, as well.

David Reimer stated the same resentments on the absence of justice in gender and sex: “’It’s like your whole personality, everything about you is all directed toward what’s between the legs…If a woman lost her breasts, do you turn her into a guy to make her feel whole and complete?” (Colapinto 262).

To really define justice in our society, we need to make gender understanding a reality and abandon sex reassignment without consent. 


Colapinto, John. As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. Print.

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