This progression is going to be very intriguing! The discussions we have had so far based on gender have been very interesting. I see gender to be how a person presents themselves not whether they are a female or male. In class this week, I don't believe that statement was challenged. The men that spoke in class this week were open minded and honest. I believe that there is no unmarked woman. Each woman has something to them that sets them apart from the others based off their appearance and how they carry themselves. My "marks" could be how I dress, I'm very casual and comfortable. Make up, I don't wear anything but mascara and chapstick, which is seen to be lazy by others. As well as me wearing my hair natural every day, it can be seen as lazy that I don't put in extra time for myself. A woman will always be marked, we have the subconscious obligation to prove something. I believe that the only reason men are "unmarked" and have the option of being "unmarked" is because men have never had to prove anything but being the provider, and as long as they were doing so, that is the image they had to maintain. I went to a birthday party where both genders were present, and noticed that the boys were all dressed alike and the girls were dressed alike as well, (it was very cold so everyone was bundled up). Who stood out to me was a boy with a blonde patch of hair and was the only one not wearing a jacket. He was just louder than everyone else, making it obvious to look at him. A girl that stood out to me was one that sat alone. She was invited to partake in activities but said no. She purposely excluded herself which struck me to be odd considering she even attended the birthday party. The difference is that usually it'd be the other way around, or what we expect from the genders. The only difference was that the roles were switched. The women in the room seemed loud and wanted to be heard and the men (there was few) had no choice but to join in with the women to converse. I think it is controllable, but it can be difficult. We have grown up to look at people and it's developed to assuming what kind of person they are. I think it's unfair based on how far you take it, how rude one gets based on their thoughts. I can think something, not say anything about it, and just swallow my thoughts and continue with my day. Can everyone else, and if not, why?