What Is the Difference Between Sex and Gender?

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What is the Difference Between ‘Sex’ and ‘Gender’?

To start this essay I will clearly state definitions of ‘Sex’ and ‘Gender’ respectively. ‘Sex’ is described as ‘the biological properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles.’(Princeton University – 2010). Whereas gender is listed as ‘the state of being male or female, typically with reference to social or cultural differences rather than biological.’(Michigan University – 2010). In this essay I will explore and investigate both sex and gender, whilst identifying the differences between the two. I will start by elaborating on the given definitions. Sex is defined on the Princeton University website as ‘biological’. This is a word that has
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Metrosexuality is a concept that explains the modern shift regarding gender sufficiently. Metrosexuality is allowing modern males and women to break out from the typical gender stereotypes. (Davies – No Date). Gender can be considered fluid in the sense that one can challenge their own gender identity, in some instances holding it completely opposed to their sex.(Morine – 2009) This allows individuals to express their gender preferences as freely as they like. Rather than it being just girls who care about their appearance, and play with Barbie’s, boys often put down their Action Man to play with a Barbie, this ‘fluidity’ of gender, leads us back once more to the definition of gender. The definition states that gender is culturally and socially constructed, opposed to sex which is biologically determined. It seems that the culture we are brought up in establishes the strength of our gender character. An example of this is in Chinese, and East Asian culture. In a communist state the distance between men and women has corroded, women were equal to seek education and employment, when in ancient times; it was only the men that were afforded that luxury. This also changed the place of woman, and femininity in Chinese culture. In most Western, capitalist societies, it is the men living in the metropolis cities who are the dominant sex, with the majority of men gaining high
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