How is gender defined, and how many gender types are possible?
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30-01-2013, 12:18 AM
RE: How is gender defined, and how many gender types are possible?
(27-01-2013 10:43 PM)poolboyg88 Wrote:  note: If "sex" and "gender" are actually two different things (one social, one biological?), then I meant to say sex.
Based on this, I would respond by saying the World Health Organization says gender refers to the socially accepted attributes that it considers appropriate for men and
women.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&...GE&cad=rja


Shuvo Ghosh, MD says:
Quote: Gender identity is defined as a personal conception of oneself as male
or female (or rarely, both or neither). This concept is intimately
related to the concept of gender role, which is defined as the outward
manifestations of personality that reflect the gender identity. Gender
identity, in nearly all instances, is self-identified,
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/917990-overview

Gender theorists see sex and gender as opposing ideas, one is biological; the other mental. So sex in my opinion is the biological identification of male or female, whereas gender is a social construct which relies on stereotypes to reinforce socially-prescribed roles. For example a man (outside of comedy) would be ridicule and sneered at if he dressed in women's clothing. Or the young boy putting on girls panties and dresses at a young age.

So it would be safe to say that “sex” is the property or quality by which organisms are classified as biologically female or male on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions. By contrast "gender" is a mental concept developed as a result of social preferences/norms.

Science investigates, religion interprets.

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RE: How is gender defined, and how many gender types are possible? - Scientia - 30-01-2013 12:18 AM
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