From the moment we are born, doctors ascribe us a gender by exclaiming, “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a girl!” and from then on we are expected to suit that role. However, social scientists today draw the line between sex and gender, and for good reason. Sex is purely biological, while gender is constructed in such a way that it defines the way we speak, act and go about our daily lives. These strictly defined roles leave a minority of society’s members on the wayside, either itching to cross the line into their intrinsically desired role or to simply find a gray zone in between. In that neutral zone, you would find Chris Murphy, a junior at Cal State University, Los Angeles.
As long as Chris can remember, there was never a desire to be a girl—make-up, dresses, gossip. On the same chord, Chris did not desire to become a boy either—Chris just wanted to be Chris. To fit into these norms Chris has to appear one way to feel safe, and in an attempt to do this Chris began taking testosterone. With this new appearance of facial hair and body changes Chris appears to be a normal man in society.