The Characteristics Of Gender, Gender And Gender Identity

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Gender Identity One of the most basic and crucial elements that we identify ourselves with is the classification of whether we are male or female. The terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are commonly used interchangeably. However, they have distinct differences between them and they differ in usage. Sex refers to an individual’s biological status and the physical attributes include external genitalia, chromosomes and hormonal profile. At birth, it is used to classify whether the individual is a male or female. Some characteristics related to sex: • Females’ reproductive system includes the vagina, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes and breasts. Males’ reproductive system includes the penis, testicles, scrotum and sperm ducts. • Females can get pregnant and conceive, males cannot. • Males usually have a deeper voice, while females have higher-pitched ones. Gender, on the other hand, refers to the feelings, behaviours, attitudes, roles, expectations that the society or culture associates with the individual’s biological sex. Some characteristics related to gender: • Females are expected to do more or all of the housework and take care of her children as those are deemed to be more feminine. Their male spouses, on the other hand, are expected to go out and earn money for his family. • In some cultures, women are not allowed to travel within or out of the country alone as they are afraid that they’d fall prey to sexual predators or abductors. Men, on the other hand, can do so, as they

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