Differences Between Sex And Gender

1498 Words Nov 24th, 2014 6 Pages
Many people tend to confuse between sex and gender thinking that they’re the same thing. Sex is the two main categories of male and female into which humans and most other living things are biologically divided in. Gender however, is the state of being male or female and typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones. Children in the same family have different experiences in their interactions with their mothers and fathers. Such differences may teach children indirect lessons about gender roles and reinforced gender typed patterns of behavior that they then carry outside of the family. Society has stamped an image of the roles of each gender and how should be played out. There are two recognized types of gender, a man and a woman, however there are many types of gender roles a man or a woman may assume or be placed into by society. The ideas of how one should act and behave are often times assigned by their gender by society, but these ascribed statuses and roles are sometimes unwanted, and people will assume that individuals who refuse to accept these stereotypes are dangerously different and treated poorly. Julia Alvarez in her article, “Once upon a quinceanera”, talks about the impact of rituals on individual identity and how could it impact a person’s thoughts and convictions. Jayme Poisson’s in her article “ Parents keep Child’s Gender a secret” talks about parents who gave their children the choice to choose their gender…
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