According to Moraga and Anzaldúa (107), a borderland refers to a section that separates two cultures, the psychological differences between two or more people, the sexual differences influenced by culture, and the spiritual differences among communities/ cultures. The perception of people varies depending on a number of factors, with the most common being the culture and upbringing of the people. The physical indifference among individuals becomes more defined when two or opposing sides exist within the same setting. Anzaldua and Moraga consider that even with the assumption that only the territorial differences between sovereign countries are more understandable in defining the differences among people, the aspect of Borderlands goes beyond the everyday issues.
With the emergence of a gender fluid generation, the sexual borderland continues to be an issue that has to be understood especially among the young and even the old. The gender identity of an individual defines them in various ways, and most of all give them the confidence to express themselves in front of others. However, cultural teachings on gender identity focus mostly on two identities only; male and female. As a result, while the gender fluid generation is trying to come out, it becomes a burden especially on their part as they have mixed reactions on whether their expression of themselves gives them an opportunity to be accepted or be shunned. There are ever-increasing cases of mistreatment of the gender fluid individuals and the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transsexuals). Addressing this sexual borderland becomes a concern especially in cultural settings where it gets to the extreme worse condition with the victims taking their lives rather than live with the shame and neglect even family members are showing them.
The sexual borderland conveys the message of getting to understand and accept people as they are. At the same time, it also is conveying the message of moving beyond the traditional setting of gender representation. Even with the continued push for gender equality, there is a need for a more accommodating cultural setting that allows people to express and identify themselves as they feel like without the fear of prejudice from the community.
Moraga, C., & Anzaldúa, G. (n.d.). Between the Lines: On Culture, Class, and Homophobia. In This bridge called my back: Writings by radical women of color (pp. 107-109). Albany, New York: Suny Press.