Communication: The Difference Between Sex And Gender

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Both sex and gender have a massive impact on the way in which one behaves, how one is perceived, and even how one is viewed by others. The terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are closely linked, yet they are not synonyms. Looking at both sex and gender is not something people really take to consider the difference between the two. “Aren’t there just men and women? What is the difference between gender and sex?” In today’s society the terms sex and gender has two separate connotative meanings, sex being the more scientific term that gives off the physical and sexual traits, on the other hand gender carries a more social tone, meaning the characteristics that a society describes as masculine or feminine. First of all, sex is the biological and physical …show more content…
Gender affects almost all aspects of women’s and men’s lives, their needs, opportunities, and even the access to resources. In “Gender in Communication: A Critical Introduction,” Defranciso, V.P. and Palczewski, C.H described gender as “the behaviors and appearances society dictates a body of a particular sex should perform, structures peoples’ understanding of themselves and each other” (Defranciso, V.P. and Palczewski, C.H, 170). In society, both men and women, have different status and play different roles. For example, men and women behave differently; dress differently, different attitudes, and different interests. Gender refers to these differences that are socially defined “to one’s self identity- that is, the degree to which a person associates herself or himself with what society has prescribed as feminine or masculine” (Defranciso, V.P. and Palczewski, C.H, 178). In this case, gender describes the state of being male or female and in a social context describes the differences between men and women. Overall, gender refers to the cultural, social and psychological orientation of feminine and …show more content…
It is one’s own choice and what preference they choose; no person is born straight or gay. There are certain traits that get mixed up when it comes to people who like to cross dress, or even those to like to dress like to opposite sex. There are people who even get a sex change and become transsexuals. In “We are all Works in Progress (1998),” Leslie Feinberg uses to example of having the right to choose between “pink or blue tinted gender categories, as well as all the other hues of the palette” (Feinberg, 193). Throughout the article, Feinberg talks about her personal stories of being a transgender, how she feels like she cannot be placed in either gender or even referred to as “she or he- in and of themselves- do not total up the sum of our identities or of our oppressions. Speaking for myself, my life only comes into factor when the word transgender is added to the equation” (Feinberg, 195). Feinberg proposes some concrete ways to supports gender and transgender rights by “understanding each other will compel us as honest, caring people to fight each other’s oppression as though it was our own” (Feinberg, 197). This includes using the ideal chosen name or pronouns, allowing transgender to use the bathroom of their affirmed gender, and being flexible to give

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