Sex, Gender, And Gender

869 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Growing up, I always believed that there was not a difference between a person’s sex and gender. Before learning about sex and gender throughout my school career, I would have defined sex as a category in which you are born into based on what reproductive organ you are born with, which is slightly correct. Yet, I would have defined gender in the same manner, using them interchangeably just as most people, not knowing how complicated the terms really are. The appropriate definition of sex referred to a person’s biological status and categorized as male, female, or intersex. Gender relates to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex. (apa.org) I remember I would see things on tv about people who say they were born with a body part that was different from what they felt like they were on the inside, yet I never thought too much about it considering my mother always called it foolishness and unreal. I had always heard the stereotype that girls were to act like girls and boys were to act like boys. There was no in between, but if there was, it was not normal. Considering those norms, I believe that it is not right trying to force someone to adhere to gender roles. From a young age, everyone is taught what is appropriate for their given sex and what is not. Even before birth, parents often categorize things according to sex: the color pink is for girls, and blue is for boys. Parents do this because society…

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