The Third Gender: Beyond Pride, a Gender Dysphoria

  • Zene Qamar and Reda Tayyyaba
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  • Zene Qamar

    Student at Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, India

  • Reda Tayyyaba

    Student at Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, India

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Starting from the very beginning of our existence, we have observed that sexual orientation of every living being is characterized in only two terms, them being, Femininity and Masculinity. Anything outside these two terms and dichotomous orientation was out rightly excluded, rejected or considered abnormal. And from time immemorial the people from Third Gender/Transgenders have been the sole representatives of the term “exclusion/excluded” from the society, owing to their different unique sexual identity. The fact that they exist in every cultural background, in spite of being a stigma and unnatural, is astonishing. To describe the Third Gender we can say that, these are the group of people that do not fall under the Gender Binary Category. In India, these people are considered to be “mistakes of nature” that require special therapies or attention to make them natural, to fit into the definition of the basic society. In a BBC News India Report of 2012, it was estimated that around 2.5 million LGBT People are found in India. The society in general or the people who believe likewise unanimously gives the heterosexuals the power to construct or mould the sexuality of other sexes, and it is because of this superiority and individual subjectivity that the Third Gender lacks the structural support possessed by the other sexes of the society. This societal exclusion should be considered heinous. This article would highlight the Social Construction of the Third Gender, and the various problems they face in order to survive in society. How they are constantly in a battle against the whole Cultural system, who constantly through different means try to subjugate their identity, be it by passing meaningless Bills claiming them to boost the concerned section of people, rather it has worsened their situation in reality.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 5, Page 161 - 169


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