Q&A: What is the difference between sex and gender?

Question by Butterfly: What is the difference between sex and gender?
What is the difference between sex and gender? Give an example of how each of the following creates gender: parental interaction, toys, clothing, and language. What is gender ranking? Give an example.

Best answer:

Answer by Elliot
They are the same thing.

What do you think? Answer below!


9 Comments so far »

  1. Alex201 said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Sex is biological

    Gender is a societal construct i.e blue for boys pink for girls

  2. John Weather said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    For normal, happy, intelligent people, both heterosexual and homosexual, there is no difference between sex and gender. For freakish, unhappy, and stupid people there is a vast chasm of difference between their gonads and what they dully imagine their gender identity to be. How women may determine their gender–or have it determined for them–is a matter of furious, largely unsubstantiated, debate, at least on the part of Postmodernists and neo-Marxist feminists and their adherents; but I have neither sufficient knowledge of, nor enough interest in, the subject to venture an opinion about it. On the other hand, it is well established that male sexual identity (masculine gender), in boys, is essential, innate, unchanging, and is unaffected either by social construction, or by parental interaction, toys, clothing, or language. “Gender ranking” is nothing-at-all, an absurd idea, twaddle, or piffle, somewhat like “the Patriarchy” in its fatuity, which is often resentfully proposed by those unfortunates who cannot grasp the notion of the absolute social and moral equality of gender which obtains in all enlightened occidental societies.

  3. Guppy said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Sex is biological, gender is your identity.

    Gender identity is determined before your birth.

  4. Shyle said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/marybside#p/u/1/wfzsHUxRZXE

    She explains it best…hope it helps!

  5. Sasori said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    elliot’s an idiot, ignore him.

  6. Clones Don't Have 100k Pts said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    Guppy is correct.

    Sex is is the function/shape of the body.

    Gender can mean a few things. For the purpose of this question, and this being the LGBT section, I will take gender to mean gender identity. Gender identity is how we perceive ourselves internally. This sense of self usually matches our sex, but not always. About 2% of people are born intersex or transsexual. In the case of transsexual people their brains gender identity develops in total opposition to the body into which they were born. And contrary to popular belief gender is NOT a social construct. Gender identity is inborn and unchangeable. Socialization only builds upon that already present inherent programming.

    You can read more about gender identity here:

    http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/TS.html#anchor107763

    I’m not sure what you mean by gender ranking. It sounds like a way to describe gender based discrimination, comparing one country to another as it were.

  7. Ryan Dawson said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    The two people who have said there is no difference clearly have no experience with the issue of gender dysphoria other then what they’ve read in textbooks or gathered from the media. If you’re genuinely a transgender person and feel as though you should have been born a member of the opposite sex, you sure as hell know there is a difference and anyone with a strong vocabulary can try to tell you otherwise but will never understand what’s going on in your head.

    Sex is physical, gender is psychological. Sex is what causes men to grow thick body hair and women to grow breasts; gender is what causes someone to desire these things for their own body. Aspects which cause gender may be social, but it may also be biological. There are rare occasions with identical twins, genetic copies of each other, where one grows up transgender and the other grows up cisgender, and both grew up in the same household.

    There’s also a theory that as a fetus is developing and receives hormonal “showers” from the mother, it may receive too many or too little of a certain hormone, leading to a gender different than the sex.

    Science has only led us so far in our understanding of psychology and especially in our understanding of gender. To say sex and gender are the same thing is to ignore the progress researchers have made so far and the progress they will make in the future.

  8. Deborah Brutt said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    No big difference, they both reference to wether your a girl or guy.

  9. John said,

    Wrote on June 26, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Sex = body, Gender = person on outside

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