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A Refresher on Gender and Sex  [message #78279] Mon, 28 March 2022 15:03
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Just in case anyone needs the terminology, or finds themselves in discussions where confusion about the subject requires clarification -- or "nightmare of nightmares" you end up in a debate with the likes of Ted Cruz or Josh Hawly on the subject -- some definition may be in order, as made manifest in the Senate hearing last week for Justice Jackson.

This is not to infer most forum readers don't understand the subjects, but to provide clarity because as part of the CultureWars in the US and many authoritarian countries, the two terms are conflated for political and partisan purposes. You know, authoritatians are always looking for a group on the margins that they can demonize!

So, the basic definitions:

Sex refers to "the different biological and physiological characteristics of males and females, such as reproductive organs, chromosomes, hormones, etc."

Gender refers to "the socially constructed characteristics of women and men such as norms, roles and relationships of and between groups of women and men. It varies from society to society and can be changed. The concept of gender includes five important elements: relational, hierarchical, historical, contextual and institutional. While most people are born either male or female, they are taught appropriate norms and behaviours including how they should interact with others of the same or opposite sex within households, communities and work places. When individuals or groups do not "fit" established gender norms they often face stigma, discriminatory practices or social exclusion all of which adversely affect health."

And if you get into a discussion with someone on the right wing or red neck side of the subject, here's a great video to share... and worth watching too, for the dry humor!


The link to the YouTube video is here.

The definition used comes from the excellent web page on the Council of Europe web site you can link to here

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