Gender Identity And Gender Expression

1993 Words Apr 14th, 2016 8 Pages
What does one think when someone brings up the topic of gender in a conversation? Some may act be disgusted, while others may offer bits of education they have learned about gender identity, or others may just stay silent. All in all, someone is bound to share their opinion on the concept of gender identity, whether it’s beneficial or educated or not. Although gender identity and gender expression differ greatly from each other, they both affect society in positive and negative ways.
Gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex all correlate. Although gender identity and gender expression go hand-in-hand, there are a vast variety of differences between the two. According to genderspectrum.org, “Gender on the other hand is far more complicated. It is the complex interrelationship between an individual’s sex (gender biology), one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither (gender identity) as well as one’s outward presentations and behaviors (gender expression) related to that perception, including their gender role.” (Understanding Gender) Gender identity is also easily confused with biological sex. “Biological gender (sex) includes physical attributes such as external genitalia, sex chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, and internal reproductive structures.” (Understanding Gender) Biological sex refers to what’s physically on the outside of your body, and gender is more of a mental ordeal or what a person identifies with, while gender expression is…
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