Identity Crisis? Assignment

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A female undergoes many identity changes through life

Running head: IDENTITY CRISIS?

Identity Crisis?

April Langley

South College

A female undergoes many identity changes through life. These changes can create a crisis for some women while seemingly not effect others.

Identity Crisis?

At birth, both male and female children are labeled as "John's son", "Mary's daughter" and the like. Although we are given a personal name, for the most part, we are identified as belonging to our parents. For the female child, this belonging identity has only begun compared to the male who develops a personal identity. In the event a female has a brother, she is normally referred to as "Chris' sister"; to where the brother is generally referred to as "April's brother, Chris." Did you notice? The male's personal name generally follows and thus cementing his personal identity.

Later in life, a female generally marries. At this stage, not only does her last name change, but she may assume either another identity altogether or what I have come to term a "dual-identity". She has become "Stan's wife" or "John's son, Stan, wife". Think about it, when a man is introduced it is "Stan, he married Amy". Once again, the male's perso...


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