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What is the difference between sex and gender?

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What is the difference between sex and gender?
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November 14th, 2014 1:13am
Sex is generally defined as the binary characteristic that is assigned at birth, i.e. male or female, and relates to your body's physical properties (specifically the 'sex organs'). Gender is more complex, as it can be a spectrum from 'entirely male' to 'entirely female', and there are people that feel they fit in anywhere in between the two or with neither. Gender is about which set of characteristics you identify with the most, and can change more easily.
November 16th, 2014 5:01am
Sex describes ones physical properties, such as male and female. Gender is the mental identification of a person, such as man, woman, and unidentified.
November 7th, 2014 3:50pm
Here's something I use to remember: Sex is in your pants, Gender is in your mind, and Orientation is in your heart. Sex is what your genitals tell you, and gender is what you personally feel like you are. Personally, my gender matches my sex, but for many, they don't match. Hope this helps.
August 9th, 2016 2:53am
Sex refers to the physiological and the biological characteristics that define men and women. Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, actives, attributes, and behaviors that a society considers appropriate and normal for men and women.
November 12th, 2014 8:48pm
"Male" and "female" are sex categories, while "masculine" and "feminine" are gender categories.Aspects of sex will not vary substantially between different human societies, while aspects of gender may vary greatly.
November 11th, 2014 2:01pm
Based in my understanding, sex is what you are assigned at birth (what your chromosomes and genitals say you are) whereas gender is what you feel you are. So you could have breasts, a vagina, etc, but feel on the inside like you are male or another gender or without a gender at all, and vice versa. has some good resources for this, too.
February 9th, 2016 3:04am
Sex: Sex is what you are born with. IE: Male, Female, or intersex. I, myself, am a trans person. I identify as agender. Gender is different between everyone. Gender is what you feel. Gender is how you express yourself. Gender is how someone identifies.
November 8th, 2014 1:26pm
There isn't really a difference. If you refer to a woman or a man you can call it sex or a gender.
November 24th, 2015 11:29am
refers to the biological and physiological characteristics, while gender refers to behaviors, roles, expectations, and activities in society. Sex refers to male or female, while gender refers to masculine or feminine. The differences in the sexes do not vary throughout the world, but differences in gender.
November 8th, 2014 7:54pm
Sex is based on whether someone is physically male or female, while gender depends how who they identify as.
November 11th, 2014 11:35am
Sex is biological but gender is what you identify as. You be biological female but you identify as a male= your sex is female but your gender is male
November 18th, 2014 6:17am
A person's sex is more of a biological aspect (chromosomes, internal sex structure, external sex structure, etc.) Gender is what our society labels as masculine/feminine.
January 4th, 2016 4:30am
The difference between sex and gender is that is your legal documentation of the gender you were born to, and gender can represent the gender that you best relate too.
January 5th, 2016 8:05pm
Sex and gender can be easily explained like : "sex is below the belt, gender is above the belt", meaning that sex is what you're born with and cannot be changed, while gender is what you identify as and is all in your brain. So a ftm transgender's sex is female, and gender is male (vice versa for mtf)
April 17th, 2018 7:08pm
Sex is the physical description given to you at birth = male and female. Gender is what you identify as - male, female, transgender. Often confused with sexual orientation which is - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, pan sexual etc.
November 5th, 2014 8:52pm
Biological sex is the chromosomes that you have, and this stays the same throughout your life. Sex is the "parts" that you have. People can be male, female, or intersex, which is when someone has at least part of both male and female genitalia, for example a woman who has a testicle inside her abdomen. Sex can be changed through gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy. Gender is how you identify and feel inside. There are many different genders, and genderqueer/non-binary are umbrella terms for people who do not identify with the male or female genders, but rather feel they are in between, a combination of, or neither of the traditional binary genders.
February 15th, 2016 6:50pm
Sex is biological - based on chromosomes, genitalia and other factors. Gender is your mental identity - who YOU know you are
August 22nd, 2016 5:16pm
The "sex" of a person is what they were born with. The "gender" of said person is what they decide to label themselves as.
August 17th, 2015 4:08am
Sex is what you are classified as by chromosomes and strictly biological criteria. Gender is the masculine/feminine/androgynous attitudes and feelings a culture associates with a biological gender. Your gender and sex do not have to match. person’s biological sex
October 11th, 2015 12:31am
Sex is your physical body type, whether you have male (xy) reproductive organs or female (xx) reproductive organs. Gender is your personal identification of your own sex based on an internal awareness (gender identity). In an ideal world everyone should naturally identify as the gender that coensides with their sex: Male mody=Male mind / Female body-Female mind. But in some cases people have developed so that the image in their mind of how their body should work isn't the same as their physical appearance. If a person feels this way they are called transgender which is where, for example, someone could have a perfect female brain but developed a male body (or the other way around) or you could be anywhere inbetween binary gender (Male/female) to agender (they identify as neutral; They don't have a gender at all). so to summarise: Gender is in your brain, Sex is in your pants.
October 26th, 2015 8:04am
In my opinion, I think that sex is more of a male or female thing while gender refers to more of a feminine or masculine sorta thing
December 29th, 2015 2:18pm
Sex is your biological junk. Your reproductive organs; male, female. Gender is what you identify with (Bigender, cis, gender-fluid, and many more.)
March 7th, 2016 10:45pm
sex is penis or vagina, gender is woman or man, you can have a penis but be a woman, because thats how you feel
June 20th, 2017 8:47am
Sex is your physical reality. Being female or male or intersex! Gender on the other hand, is defined entirely by society, it's a personal experience that goes further than the clothes you wear. Most people see gender through secondary sex characteristics (i.e the subtle differences between the sexes that can be changed more easily!) and for some, presentation (i.e clothes, hair.)
September 4th, 2017 6:22am
The difference between sex an gender is really quite simple from my understanding. Sex refers to biological means (what's 'down there'), where as gender refers more to social and cultural differences instead of biological ones. Gender and sex tend to be very loosely tied together though.
February 13th, 2018 6:55pm
Sex has to do with your biological structure (chromosomes, hormone balances, etc.), while gender is more so an identity. Sex isn't made up, gender is (it's a man-made concept). Basically, sex is physical, gender is mental.
November 7th, 2014 2:24pm
I think sex is your biological gender as in male, female where as gender refers to your femininity and masculinity.
November 19th, 2014 4:49pm
Sex is biology, it is what genitals you were born with. Gender is what you identify as. The similar answer is that you were born with your sex and you chose your gender.
May 6th, 2015 1:21am
Sex generally refers to the biological sex assigned to you at birth - i.e. it's a boy! or it's a girl! intersex individuals also exist, but are less commonly talked about. Gender generally refers to the gender that you identify with or the "sex" that you identify with. Some people feel strongly that they are a girl or a boy, and some people don't strongly identify with either. Some useful terms: cisgender - your assigned sex and gender match (ex: a person born as a boy feels that he is a boy) transgender - your assigned sex and gender do not match (ex: a person born as a girl feel that he is a boy) genderfluid - your gender fluctuates from day to day, week to week, etc. Your gender can alternate between being genderless and being a boy and being a girl. This depends on the person agender - you feel as though you are genderless. This can be hard to explain and understand unless you've had the feeling before These terms of course are not exhaustive. Good luck!
July 21st, 2015 2:47pm
Sex refers basically to your body's anatomy and characteristics, while gender is used to suggest one's own internal identity which could or could not match external appearance.