Originally Posted by standgale
I will be very interested to see if I have any kind of identification with the "how to be a woman" offerings. I think our idea of gender is either too limited - we should have more genders - or too specific - we should have greater "fuzziness". Or maybe re-examine the whole gender thing and make it personality rather than genital based. Or something. I get confused as to what exactly "gender" means I think.
From my understanding, the term 'sex' refers specifically to one's biological makeup, reproductive organs, genitals.
The term 'gender' and 'sex' are often used interchangeably, but gender also has the definition of: "the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically
associated with one sex." Typically being a key word. Or maybe it should say stereotypically associated with one sex? That's an interesting thought.
So, if someone whose sex is male identifies more as "being a woman", then many (possibly including the male in question) would say that person's gender is female.
Words, words, word. Definitions, symantics. Language and communication are such interesting creatures.
But sometimes words are too limiting.
Wiliam Blake said, "I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's."
And since language is a type of system, I think sometimes we feel limited or trapped by its limitations.