Gender Overview

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noun \ˈjen-dər\

1 a : a subclass within a grammatical class (as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms

1 b : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass

1 c : an inflectional form showing membership in such a subclass

2 a : sex <the feminine gender>

2 b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex


Gender expression is so much NOT the binary construct we think of it as. “boy” and “girl” are more than the organs we’re born with, it’s a tapestry of characteristics that let us be uniquely true to ourselves. There are actually remarkably few distinguishing biological differences between men and women, though we certainly attach great weight to them. The oppression of women is ongoing, and many attribute the fear felt for gay men is their taking the “women’s” role in sex. It seems shocking that these prejudices and misunderstandings persist, but one must only look at legal protection for the transgender community to be reminded that the work for gender equality is FAR from over. In the meantime, let’s celebrate the truly unique people we are and start from there.


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