The Transgender Conundrum

Marie Schou Tornøe, Simone Harlev Lund, Zlate Ivanescu, Roxana Gabriela, Amalie Frejvald Edske & Nina Vigholt Olsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper aims at investigating the way gender affects identity, with an emphasis on transgender individuals. It explores concepts of identity development and gender identity, uncovering the historical and transformative character of gender by looking into personal stories, statistics and laws in the transgender community. As transgender individuals do not adhere to the normative markers of intelligible reality, by not acting in accordance to the gender roles they were assigned, their very existence is problematic. This paper aims to expose the problems this community consequently faces, such as discrimination, harassment and high suicide rates. The investigation of these issues is done through a theoretical analysis of five independent cases that showcase the question of the naturalness of gender, gender confusion, discrimination, identity politics and consequently, high suicide rates. The cases are connected by the popular attitudes that exist in the gender dichotomous Western society. The paper comes to show that all individuals within a society are both makers and followers of the norms and values they live by. They are, hence, the ones in charge of changing and creating new ideological conceptions, and the awareness they can instil could subsequently lead to an acceptance and inclusion of the multiplicity of gender identities.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2016
VejlederePatrick Rowan Blackburn


  • Transgender
  • Identity