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Sex and gender, gender identity

Distinguish between the terms sex and gender.

Why is it significant to understand the difference?

Explain how gender identity is formed and influenced.

How does society affect gender identity?

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1. Distinguish between the terms sex and gender. Why is it significant to understand the difference?

In distinguishing between sex and gender:

? Sex = male and female
? Gender = masculine and feminine
In other words, then, this means that:
? Sex refers to biological differences; chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs.
? Gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/gendermed/sexandgender.html).

Since sex refers to the biology a person is born with and gender refers to the socially defined roles and characteristics of men and women associated with that sex, neither gender nor sex is a choice and do they refer to orientation. ...

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By addressing the questions, this solution discusses aspects of sex, gender and gender identity.

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