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Daniel Halliday
Jul 29 · Last update 20 days 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 and Sex are the same thing
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Gender is a description of societal expectations associated with the individuals biological sex
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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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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 perpetuating contrasts in what are seen as male and female roles in society.

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