Sex, Gender, And Gender

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When a child is born, the most common question asked is what is the baby’s sex? This question is asked because, sex is biologically determined, from the second we come out of the womb, by our chromosomes, genitalia, reproductive organs, and hormones. People often group sex and gender together as if they are the same thing, but really they are two separate categories. Gender is a category that splits bodies into a binary system of women and men. Ultimately the two terms intertwine because, one’s biologically determined sex is assigned a gender role to play. The main difference between the two is that gender excludes biology. Sex represents the body’s anatomy and physiological workings and gender represents social forces that mold behavior. Historically, science has played a major role in constructing and reinforcing sex as either male or female. Many scientists looked at the bodies as a whole and skeletons to make the distinction of only male and female sexes. When developing theories many anatomists and anthropologist looked at mainly males and their bodies. This was only the beginning of science creating a value of men over women. In craniometry studies, scientist found woman had smaller skull sizes, which then suggested that they had smaller brains. This conclusion resulted in the linking of women to children and animals, while men were of a higher classification. Camper’s studies show “the skulls highlighted were predominantly male. The only female skull Camper…

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