Sex and Gender People often believe that sex and gender are similar, when in reality they are not. Sex is defined as a biological characteristic that distinguish females and males, consisting of primary and secondary sex characteristic. Gender consists of whatever behaviors and attitude a group considers proper for its males and female; masculinity and femininity. The difference between these two is that Sex refers to biological differences; chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs. Gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine. When I was a child I experience things that my caregivers did or said to shape my gender role. For example, when I was 6 my mother put me in a dance class filled with girls my age. I didn’t want dance I wanted to play baseball like my older cousin Alex. My mother didn’t allow it. She said that all the girls in my school will think I’m a guy because I wanted to play baseball. I begged my dad but he just ignored me. So for about 3 months I was forced into dance until my parents were tired of me complaining. I begged some more until they cave in. Even though my mother wasn’t happy to put me in baseball she still supported me and went to my games. Another time was when my mother would always put pigtails on my hair with huge bows. I hated them. Every time she would comb my hair, about fifteen minutes later I would undo them. She would get frustrated because I never left them on and say that no one would want to play with me because my hair was messy. But, I knew that they would because half of the people I played with had messy hair as well. So it never fazed me. I believe that I’m gender natural because there are times that I can be more feminine like when I am babysitting little babies. I can also have days when I’m more masculine like when I am playing a very intense game. It just varies at times. My brother was treated somewhat similar when it came to our parents shaping our gender roles. When my brother was 8 my father signed him up for football. My brother hates football. He’s not really the athletic type. He rather play video games then throw a football, but according to my dad he was perfect for football. My brother ended up quitting football before they had their first game but, my father wasn’t too happy about it. He told my brother that he is pretty much not a man because he didn’t like football but my brother didn’t care. He knew he my father was just talking down because he was angry. My brother and I were both going through similar problems because we both didn’t want to do what our parents wanted us to do and did what we wanted to
In today’s society sex and gender seem to have two separate connotative meanings. Sex is a more scientific term that explains physical traits and sexual preferences. Gender carries a more social tone. Meaning that it refers to the different clothing, activities, career choices, and positions people hold in society. A person’s social status helps separate or classify the two sexes. Gender identity can be defined as, "an individual's self-conception as being male or female, as distinguished…
Sex and Gender are Different:
Sexual Identity and Gender Identity
Milton Diamond, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Department of Anatomy and Reproductive Biology
Pacific Center for Sex and Society
Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry -
Special Issue In Press for July 2002
Bernadette Wren, Portman Clinic
Fiona Tasker, University of London
Sex and Gender are Different:
Sexual Identity and Gender Identity
issues of sex and gender. Gender stratification has anything to do with social inequalities existent between men and women. These inequalities can range from a difference in genetics, to income, job placement, to stereotypes, to power in the household, etc.
Sex refers to biological differences; chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs. While gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine. So while you're sex as male or…
Gender and Sex Worksheet
Answer the following questions in 50 to 150 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.
What is gender? What is sex in biological terms? Are gender and sex the same thing? Explain why or why not?
Gender is the state of being labeled as being a male or female. In Biological terms sex means determining whether or not the person is male or female based off of their organisms instead of by appearance. I do not think that sex and gender mean the…
There are some major differences when it comes to sex and gender. Sex is the biological and anatomical differences between males and females. The primary differences are in the reproductive organs. The secondary differences are the anatomical features. Gender is the culturally and socially constructed differences between males and females found in the meanings, beliefs, and practices associated with ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity.’
In high school, I was obviously perceived as a female. I dressed…
Sex differences in eating disorder
What are Eating Disorders? Do you believe that only females are victims of eating disorder? Can men be victims too? How you fell about eating disorder between both males and females? Studies have shown that men are likely to be victims of eating disorder same as a female. After doing a lot of researching, there was a lot of statistical information based upon this topic. When reading my paper, it will express and explain sex differences in eating disorder.
females sex organs, including both their essential and optional sex attributes. Within society the use of sex as a label also is attributed to qualifications connected with being male or female, implying that it doesn't exist regularly, but is an idea that is made by societal standards. As we grow, we are taught how to act as either a male or female from the people around us. In the maturation stage kids are instructed on how to act in a myriad of situations based on their biological sex. In American…
turn in incomplete or low quality work, they might not necessarily love what they are doing.
10. The difference between biological sex and gender is that biological sex is what biologically defines a man or a woman. Physical characteristics such as facial hair, adams apple, breast, and wider hips are used to define if someone is biologically a man or a woman. Gender are the accepted rules for what men and women are allowed to do socially. Women can get their hair and nails done, while men fix cars…
Sex and Gender
Women Rights 2012
Although there is strong evidence that we still live in a patriarchal society, there
has been much progress for women in the last four decades. Strong representation of
women in college and increasing numbers in other areas underscore forward movement
of women in this country. Many of these victories were hard fought and many of our
rights were attained throughout a period of time. One of the most contemporary pivotal
achievement in my opinion…
Gender And (Sex) Work In The Global Economy
In Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, And Sex Workers In The New Economy, Ehrenreich and Hochschild present the idea globalization of women’s traditional role poses important challenges to anyone concerned about gender and economic inequity. There overall argument is that women are migrating to other countries seeking work benefiting themselves and their family. Women’s drive to escape poverty often placing them…