I feel we are not entirely ‘female’ or entirely ‘male’ more like we are hovering somewhere in between. I identify with being ‘female’ but grew up with boys. One these boys played Barbie dolls with me – I never told anyone, I knew the ridicule he’d face, it was the unwritten and unspoken agreement between us. Yet I owned toy cars, and played football with the boys. Everyone knew that. That was somewhat acceptable as long as a threw on a dress every once in awhile, and I had that Barbie collection at home. We are products of gender socialization, a culturally and socially constructed idea of what it is to be masculine or feminine within society and culture.

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