06 5 / 2012
All of the aforementioned cultures maintain the needs of their community without explicitly demanding gender roles of one who is biologically a male or a female. In this way gender is not defined by a member’s biology, nor is it necessitated to. Therefore the contemporary American misconception that gender is a biological attribute is not only inaccurate but also unnecessary. In a culture where diversity is proposed and democracy is hailed, the conformist majority instead silences those who contribute to it rather than foster acceptance; and it is these gender ideals that not only make it difficult for members of the American race who are not heterosexual to express their beliefs, but also results in a difficulty to outline a family out of these beliefs. Regardless of nationality gender and family is to an extent a choice, but one that lies in the balance of nature versus nurture.