Discrimination is rife in gendered communities such as our own. In order to succeed one must conform to the dualistic tendencies of the external environment or face severe if not psychologically damaging backlash. Accordingly, one must subscribe to the clear cut physiologically gendered way of life that inherently maintains a dichotomous community. In stories such as X’s, parents were outraged that X was not conforming to gendered norms and thereby influencing their children to break free from homogenous typecasts. Moreover, people felt uncomfortable when around X due to an inability to relate or address the unidentified individual. This is largely because we find it difficult to confront one another unless we have, “successfully placed the other person in a gender status.” That is, successfully isolated their anatomical markers as male or female. Such discrimination exists before society even purports to enact the heteronormative assumptions that delineate typical social conventions. This gendered division effectively expresses the idea that men and women are in fact treated differently as why would one feel uncomfortable around the androgynous or unidentified if everyone were treated the same? Such is largely centered upon stereotypes, which perpetuate the dominant male and passive female and therefore set parameters upon social interaction. It can thus be seen that discrimination is the undue social expectation that men and women cannot and should not be treated the same.
This is a podcast/blog that I listen too that often deals with issues of how and why gendered individuals are treated differently: http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/category/stuff-mom-never-told-you/