Gender, Gender And Gender Identity Essay

1855 Words Apr 19th, 2016 null Page
As humans we are all born differently either male or female, but there is another difference that we are also aware of and that is the difference between gender and sex. Being a girl or a boy, for most children, it is something that feels extremely innate. During childbirth, infants are announced either male or female according to his/her physical attributes. This is known as the "sex" of the child. At the point when children can express themselves, they will identify with being a boy or girl; this is considered to be their "gender identity." One 's sex, as dictated by his or her physical characteristics, does not generally correspond with his or her gender. In this way, the terms gender and sex are not interchangeable. Most children 's gender identity correlates to their biological sex. For some children the correlation between the two is unclear. Gender identity develops early in children, as early as age four; but by age two children become aware of the different physical characteristics between boys and girls. Prior to their third birthday, most children designate themselves as either boy or girl. “Kohlberg theorized that there are 3 stages to this process. Initially, during the early preschool years (ages 3 to 4 years), young children engage in gender labeling. Young children can tell the difference between boys and girls, and will label people accordingly” (Oswalt 2008). By age four children have a sense of their gender identity. At this same time of their life,…

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