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 Definition Gender is most often attributed to human beings or mammals as a dynamic, complex aggregate of learned behaviors and social or cultural constructs. Gender is distinguished from physiological and reproductive sexual traits, i.e. that individuals are male or female. [d] [e]
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Proposed Revision

Here's the start of a proposed revision of this short article.

Among sexologists and scholars of sexuality and gender, "gender" characteristically refers to

(1) the internal psychological experience of being female or male (or neither) in one's own society and one's own personal history or biography;

(2) a set of socially and culturally defined and shared roles, rules, norms, and scripts for how to be male or female in a specified society at a specifed time in its history.[1]

As an internal psychological experience, gender is closely related to the idea of "gender identity," which is the experienced conviction that one is female or male (or neither).[1] Likewise, the idea of gender is related to what sociologists and social critics call "sex roles," which are the normative activities assigned socially to women and to men in a given society and time.[2] The notion of gender is distinguished from sex, which refers to one's biological endowments anatomically, physiologically, and reproductively.[3] Gender has other meanings as well, for example, in linguistics to denote the "gender" of a noun, but this article deals with the word's sexual and social meanings.

More to come. I've put some changes into these paragraphs at User:Timothy Perper/Sandbox.

Genetic aspects

Here, or possibly in linked articles, there should be the case of the normal XY and XX genotypes, but then situations such as XY chromosomes coupled with one of the prenatal, genetic androgen receptor disorder, resulting in a female phenotype. Howard C. Berkowitz 12:41, 26 September 2008 (CDT)

An excellent point to make here too is that the Olympics do allow XY individuals to compete as women if they have a severe form of AIS. Chris Day 12:47, 26 September 2008 (CDT)
Yes, yes, yes! Absolutely! But I'm starting at the beginning. BTW, can we continue to discuss this on User:Timothy_Perper/Sandbox? I have found that taking a draft article off the talk page of the main article is much more convenient when making changes and collating suggestions. Timothy Perper 12:47, 26 September 2008 (CDT)

Notes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Francoeur, Robert F., Martha Cornog, Timothy Perper, and Norman A. Scherzer, Editors. (1995). "The Complete Dictionary of Sexology, New Expanded Edition." New York: Continuum.
  2. Seward, Georgene H. and Robert C. Williamson, Editors. (1970). "Sex Roles in Changin]g Society." NY: Random House. A classical reference with ground-breaking essays by a number of scholars.
  3. Reference to come.

See also



I hope people will comment here or on User:Timothy_Perper/Sandbox where I've include the preceding material for easier editing.

Timothy Perper 12:20, 26 September 2008 (CDT)

the dichotomous relationship

I think this could be reworded somehow so that the meaning is a little more accessible to the general reader. Hayford Peirce 12:50, 26 September 2008 (CDT)

In progress. Christine Bush 16:25, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

New Version

I want to let everyone know that I'm working on a new version of this article on User:Timothy Perper/Sandbox. Come over and look at it. Timothy Perper 18:21, 27 September 2008 (CDT)