What is freedom?

In the United States we feel we have freedom, but how much freedom do we really have? When we are born we are assigned to a sex which dictates how we are treated and what is expected of us for the rest of our lives. Our freedom is confined to our gender roles. Societal norms cast out those who want to or try to expand outside of the norms for our particular gender. Lorber states ” Gendered norms and expectations are enforced through informal sanctions of gender-inappropiate behaviour by peers and by formal punishment or threat of punishment by those in authority should behaviour deviate to far from socially imposed standard for women and men.” If we are to be punished for trying to experience something outside of our gendered norm expectation, then how can we feel we are free? Freedom is being able to, at its most basic principle, express oneself in whichever gender one feels comfortable. Punishing one for this most basic of freedoms is not freedom at all. It confines one to boundaries placed by society. An expectation that may not be wanted by the individual. In Gloria Anzaldua’s La conciencia de la mestiza/towards a new Consciousness”The borders and walls that are supposed to keep the undesirable ideas out are entrenched habits and patterns of behavior; these habits and patterns are the enemy within. Rigidity means death.” If we accept these norms and we do not allow ourselves and others to explore fully what we are, how can we truly believe in freedom for ourselves? Freedom, in its most basic form, is allowing oneself and others to discover what and who they truly want to be without fear of punishment from society.

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