Daniel Halliday
Jul 29 · Last update 3 mo. ago.
What is the difference between gender and sex?
As the debate on this issue, in both society and the science community, keeps broadening, what is the difference and how can we know?
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Gender is a description of societal expectations associated with the individuals biological sex
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Sex is a social construct as much as gender is
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Gender is being used in academia to push a group identity narrative in an era of identity politics
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Gender and Sex are the same thing
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Gender is a description of societal expectations associated with the individuals biological sex

Gender is used to differentiate masculine and feminine societal roles, while sex is concerned with biological differences between male and female individuals. As gender is a social construct it is thought to be used as a way of establishing social norms for gender in society. This helps in maintaining contrasts in male and female roles in society, thus helping people operate in society in a normal way.

Recently many gender studies thinkers have proposed that such sex-linked societal gender roles are obsolete and should have no reflection on an individuals gender role. However, while it's true that there is certainly deviation, gender identity is not completely independent of biological sex. Psychological studies have found that the proportion of masculine men compared to feminine men is about a 60/40 split in most societies. Likewise there is a similar divide when comparing feminine woman and women that demonstrate mostly masculine traits. There is a lot of overlap, but it is clear there is some biological link between an individuals sex and their predisposition to display masculine or feminine traits, factors ultimately used in building the individuals gender identity.

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Recently many gender studies thinkers have proposed that such sex-linked societal gender roles are obsolete and should have no reflection on an individuals gender role. However, while it's true that there is certainly deviation, gender identity is not completely independent of biological sex. Psychological studies have found that the proportion of masculine men compared to feminine men is about a 60/40 split in most societies. Likewise there is a similar divide when comparing feminine woman and women that demonstrate mostly masculine traits. There is a lot of overlap, but it is clear there is some biological link between an individuals sex and their predisposition to display masculine or feminine traits, factors ultimately used in building the individuals gender identity.
Sex is a social construct as much as gender is

Sex and gender are both societal constructs, in so much as intersex people are assigned a sex at birth and medical procedures are put in place to rectify a social “problem” with the individual. Some individuals are physically or psychologically born into the wrong body and should not necessarily need a medical alteration made to their body unless they decide it necessary. It is evidence of society trying to fit people into a binary mould, but when that society is patriarchal, male dominated or homophobic then gender assignment suffers from that societal perspective.

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Gender is being used in academia to push a group identity narrative in an era of identity politics

Some social scientists argue that gender is socially constructed, however some also argue that sex is also, using claims that because in rare situations with intersex individuals parents show some kind of preference to one sex or another that sex is socially constructed. However this ignores the 99% of cases were it is not just the sex organ that is different between male and female but also the sex hormones that go with it, hormones that lead to completely different development of the body. To argue or overlook these chemical differences undermines science and is opinion disguised as science to fit and push an agenda.

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Gender and Sex are the same thing

Gender is a word that has its roots in the Latin word “genus” meaning kind or type. It originally came into use to describe the grammatical structure of main languages having a gender assigned to every noun, masculine, feminine or neuter, often with no relation to the words meaning. In the early twentieth century gender started to be used instead of using the word “sex” in certain formal contexts. As the grammatical term pertained to masculine and feminine nouns it could easily be used to describe male and female sex, however it was originally seen as a blunder, or grammatical error.

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