In both An Addy Classic 1 and a Facebook video, called Boys Try Periods… Kind of, many aspects of Erica Hateley’s Gender keywords essay are portrayed. In her essay, she says, “specific constructions of gender structure understandings of subjectivity; allow or disallow certain behaviors or experiences on the basis of biological sex; and dictate a specific vision of social relations and organization” (86). In both of these pieces, the idea of gender roles is present, but the characters in each video are representing the opposite sex. I think this is important to see because it give people a better idea of what it is like to live in the other person’s shoes for a little while. In An Addy Classic, written by Connie Porter, Addy and her mom are running away, and Addy is disguised as a boy. In her case, this change of identity is very beneficial. In her excitement for freedom, she runs to a campfire that belongs to a group of Confederate soldiers. As she brings attention to herself, one of the men wakes up. “He was a Confederate soldier, and he was staring right at her! ‘Oh, it’s you, boy. Bring me some water,’ the soldier said. … Just then Addy remembered the disguise. She was the boy!” (Porter 42-44). In this scene, if Addy had not been a boy, there would be little hope for her or her mother. The soldiers probably would not have acted the way they did towards her had they known she was a girl. Who knows what would have happened to both of them, let alone the fact that they would not have been able to continue their journey to freedom. For her, her ‘gender switch’ was vital to her freedom.
However, the different identity for the boys in the Facebook video, was not as satisfying. In the video, there are three guys that are experiencing what it is like to have a period. They thought it would be a good experiment to try having their period for three days and see how life is. It is very interesting to see how the guys react after having to deal with all of the complications that come along with “girl issues.” They bring up a good point about how even though they are experiencing one aspect of girlhood, there are many other parts, even of just having a period that they don’t have to go through. This gender identity swap gives these guys an opportunity to understand many of the issues that women have talked about in the past, or even recently, such as how women’s products are more expensive, yet they are often essential. It also gives the guys the opportunity to connect to many of the women that they had worked with previously, because they are finally dealing with issues experienced regularly. For these guys, the ‘gender switch’ made their lives more complicated, but helped their understanding of only one of the issues that females have.