Gender, Sexual, And Gender

862 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Within Western society, frequently, we hear the terms ‘gender’ and ‘sex’. However, each of these terms are used interchangeably and therefore incorrectly. We are born, assigned a sex, and sent out into the world. For many people, this is cause for little, if any conflict. However biological sex and gender are contrasting; gender is not inherently nor solely connected to an individual’s physical anatomy. Even so, one’s biological gender or ‘sex’ is determined at birth through physical attributes, including external genitalia, sex chromosomes, sex hormones, and internal reproductive structures. We are assigned a sex simply to be identified as either male or female. Whereas gender is a complex interrelationship between an individual’s sex (gender biology) and one’s internal sense of identity as male, female, both or neither (gender identity) as well as one’s visible mannerisms and appearance, (gender expression) which communicates their personal perceptions and foremost their own gender role. Collectively, the juncture of these three dimensions creates an individual’s genuine sense of gender, both in how people experience their own gender as well as how others perceive it.

Raewyn Connell is a trans-gender woman as well as an eminent sociologist and professor, her sociology highlights the historical nature of social reality and the evolutionary character of social practice. Connell states, ‘gender must be understood as a social structure. It is not an expression of…
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