Essay on Sex, Gender, And Gender

948 Words Nov 26th, 2015 4 Pages
In the eyes of sociology, there is a distinction between the two terms to sex and gender. Within this essay, we will explore what meaning is given from the words of sex and gender, along with noting how the two differentiate from each other. We will also discuss how and why these two terms get mixed up along with the different sociological perspectives.
In the context of sex and gender, sex refers to the biological traits that societies use to assign people into the category of either male or female, whether it be through a focus on chromosomes, genitalia or some other physical ascription (Zevallos, 2015).
When people talk about the differences between men and women they are usually referring to both the primary and secondary biological traits that were assigned at birth and are caused due to hormones. Primary sex characteristics are those that are related to the reproductive system and the secondary sex characteristics being those that are not directly related to the reproductive system, such as breasts and facial hair (Boundless, 2015).
Gender, however, is more about what you ‘do’ compared to what you ‘are’. The dramaturgical approach to gender suggests that we are all actors, trying to give a good performance of femininity or masculinity (Holmes, 2007, pp. 51-52). It describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine (Nobelius, 2004). Though each culture has expectations on how males and females are meant to feel, behave, and…

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