Gender

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Gender is "a complex interrelationship between three dimensions: body, identity, and social gender." -Gender spectrum

Dimensions of gender and examples [1]

Body

  • We are taught that bodies have one of two forms of genitalia, which identify us as “female” or “male." Intersex traits demonstrate that sex exists across a continuum of possibilities, demonstrating that biological sex is not binary.
  • Masculinity and femininity as defined by society have associated physical attributes. These are used to define us as more or less a man/woman, impact our feelings of self and impact how others interact with us.

Identity

  • Our internal experience and naming of our gender.
  • How we communicate our gender identity may change over time. This does not mean our gender has changed, but that the words for it are.

Social

  • Social gender is defined by gender expression; how we present our gender to others (i.e. clothing, hairstyles, and behaviours).
  • Social gender includes how individuals, communities and society perceive, interact with, and shape our gender, such as gender roles and expectations.




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