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For this Discussion, you analyze two case studies of individuals who have multiple identities related to sex, gender, and sexual orientation and consider how these identities would affect aspects of their lives if they lived in your culture. Review the two case studies in this week’s Learning Resources and consider the subjects’ specific identities related to sex, gender, and sexual orientation. Think about how Alberto and Jeanette would experience life in your culture given their specific identities. Consider the advantages and challenges that Alberto and Jeanette may face regarding friendships, romantic relationship, and sexuality within your culture. Post a brief description of your culture. Then explain the advantages and challenges that Alberto and Jeanette would encounter related to friendships, romantic relationships, and sexuality in your culture. Case Study: AlbertoAlberto is an 18-year-old genetically born male. He is the eldest of four siblings; he hastwo brothers (ages 17 and 14) and a sister (age 12). From the time Alberto was a young child, his parents noticed that he was quiet and shycompared to other boys his age. He learned to read at a very young age and wascontent to curl up with a book rather than play with other children. Several of Alberto’searly grade school teachers referred to him as “sensitive” and “gentle” for a boy. Albertowas very close to his siblings growing up, often acting as caregiver or babysitter whenneeded, and he generally helped out a great deal at home with chores.When he showed a keen interest in science and creative writing during middle school,Alberto was encouraged by several teachers to join school academic clubs to fosterthese interests. Alberto did so, and he built a small but close group of friends. Alberto’sfather, hoping to “toughen him up,” tried to encourage Alberto to participate in sports,such as football or basketball, but Alberto showed no interest.During 10th grade, Alberto became the target of bullying by several older boys atschool. They frequently verbally harassed him, calling him names like “sissy” and“Alberta” and using slurs related to his mixed-ethnic heritage. Occasionally, one of theboys would shove Alberto into the hallway lockers or spit at him in the cafeteria.Subsequently, Alberto struggled both academically and socially in 11th and 12thgrades. He started to have sexual and romantic thoughts about other boys. Although hewas close to his group of friends, he did not feel comfortable sharing these feelings withanyone. He had a girlfriend through part of his senior year; although he found herattractive, he was confused about his romantic and sexual feelings toward her. Theyspent most weekend evenings together, but they limited their physical relationship tomostly kissing, holding hands, and cuddling.Alberto recently graduated high school and is planning to attend college. Although he isclose with his mother and would like to talk to her about his feelings, he has not sharedany of his confusion about his sexuality with her, as she is very religious and he fearsshe would become angry and reject him.Case Study: JeanetteJeanette is a 34-year-old genetically born female. She is an only child who wasraised by her father and grandparents. When Jeanette was eight years old, hermother died as a result of a car accident.As a young woman, Jeanette was very successful in school, often advancing farmore quickly than her peers with normal academic milestones. She was able tomaintain very high grades despite occasional experimentation with drugs andalcohol. Jeanette was well liked and well regarded by both her classmates andher teachers.Jeanette attended an elite private college on a partial scholarship; she workedpart time on campus to supplement her scholarship funds. It was during collegethat Jeanette realized she was attracted to both men and women. After a brief“coming out” period, she was fairly open about her sexuality. She also realizedshe was interested in a career in law and pursued her juris doctorate immediatelyupon completion of her bachelor’s degree.Now a successful criminal prosecutor, Jeanette loves her job and has aspirationsto advance in the law firm where she works and then pursue a career in localpolitics. She enjoys the demanding pace and the challenging and unpredictablenature of prosecuting criminal defendants.In addition to her career, Jeanette enjoys a wide range of physical activities as anoutlet for stress. She is particularly drawn to highly competitive and risky sports,such as martial arts and large wave surfing. She has participated in variousmarathons and is currently training for an Ironman triathlon competition. Shetakes great pride in her athletic ability and stamina, and she frequently visits thegym.Jeanette has remained, for the most part, single. She has had severalrelationships with both men and women; these relationships lasted a few months.However, she finds it difficult to maintain a relationship given the demands of herjob and sporting interests. She prefers to casually date and enjoys an activesexual life.Recently, she has begun to experience some challenges at work with regard toadvancement and her direct supervisor. On several occasions, he has madevague comments about women who are not “feminine” and jokes about how the“old boys club” at the office is disappearing. Despite having a very successfulprosecution record, Jeanette received a very lukewarm annual performanceevaluation. Her supervisor commented specifically about his concerns regardingher leadership ability, and he wondered aloud if she might “soften” her approacha bit.


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