Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Difference between Sex and Gender >_>;

In today’s society sex and gender seem to have two separate connotative meanings. Sex is a more scientific term that explains physical traits and sexual preferences. Gender carries a more social tone. Meaning that it refers to the different clothing, activities, career choices, and positions people hold in society. A person’s social status helps separate or classify the two sexes.
Sex is the total sum of physical characteristics that distinguish males and females from each other. The most distinctive difference in characteristics is that men and women have different reproduction organs. This is pretty obvious and so are other traits like facial hair, voices and muscular builds. It would be a genuine amazement if you were to see a six-foot tall, five-inch bearded lady who sounds like Elvis Presley. (.__.;; Yuppers, that would be so wicked and horrifyingly ridiculous. xD)
That brings me to my other definition of sex. Sex is also known as the preference of sexual partner or mate that one desires. A person’s preference determines their sexual identity. There are three types of preferences. First there are heterosexual people who prefer people of the opposite sex. There are homosexual people who prefer partners of the same sex. And then there are bisexual people who like to have partners of either sex.
The environment that some people are raised in contributes to confusion about their sexual identity. Some people say that these preferences were present the day that they were born. I feel that it is one’s own choice what preference they choose. No one is born straight or gay (xD True said.). Certain traits may get mixed up when dealing with people who like to cross-dress (It’s fashion? O.o ) Those are people who like to dress like the opposite sex. Some people get sex change operations and become transsexuals. There are even people who are born with both a male and female organs. (o_o That’d be like so wicked..) They are called hermaphrodites.
Gender consists of social classifications that help determine sex. With the rapid changes in gender equality it is not as easy to separate sex by what a person does for a living. What position they hold in society or a household is not a good indication either. Years ago I could have said that if a person is a police officer, a soldier, a fireman, a politician, a lawyer, a doctor or any type of highly paid professional than that person must be a man. Back then this would have been a good hypothesis. The father was the man of the house. The minister was always male and there was no such thing as women in sports.
I could have probably also said that if a person was a secretary, a grade school teacher, a receptionist, a nurse, a maid, or a homemaker then that person must be a woman. People in the female group or gender worked lower paying less demanding jobs because it was believed that a woman could not handle the pressures that a “a man’s job” required.
With the absence of the father figure in many broken homes, women have taken over as head of the house (I stick with Daddy, just to say. ._.) They juggle home and work to keep their families together so that they can properly raise their children.
Gender is a tricky term to define. I think that gender should be left up to people to interpret themselves. The term gender is a little sexist because it associates sex with social status. As for me I think that gender is a little outdated. Sex is sufficient enough classification to separate men, women, and the people who are confused about what they are.

:0 Wow.. Enough said, I won’t understand anyway. xD

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