What is gender?

  • (noun): A grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness.
    Synonyms: grammatical gender
    See also — Additional definitions below

Gender

Gender is a range of characteristics of femininity and masculinity. Depending on the context, the term may refer to such concepts as sex (i.e. the state of being male or female), social roles (as in gender roles) or gender identity.

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Some articles on gender:

Gender - Language
... Natural languages often make gender distinctions ... be biased in favor of men has led some authors in recent times to argue for the use of a more Gender-neutral vocabulary in English and other languages ... See, for instance, Gender differences in spoken Japanese ...
Christianity And Sexual Orientation - Transgenderism
... The New Testament is more ambiguous about gender-variant identities than the Old Testament is ... the Faith concludes that the sex-change procedures do not change a person’s gender in the eyes of the Church ... Pope Benedict XVI has denounced gender theory, warning that it blurs the distinction between male and female and could thus lead to the "self-destruction ...
List Of Transgender-related Topics - Basic Terms - Gender
... Cisgender Gender identity Gender identity disorder Gender role Pangender Bigender Trigender ...
List Of Transgender-related Topics - Basic Terms - Other
... Gender binary Gender blind Gender queer Genderism Heteronormativity LGBT Non-binary discrimination Queer Third gender Transgenderism (social movement ...

More definitions of "gender":

  • (noun): The properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles.
    Synonyms: sex, sexuality

Famous quotes containing the word gender:

    But there, where I have garnered up my heart,
    Where either I must live or bear no life;
    The fountain from the which my current runs
    Or else dries up: to be discarded thence,
    Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
    To knot and gender in!
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Most women of [the WW II] generation have but one image of good motherhood—the one their mothers embodied. . . . Anything done “for the sake of the children” justified, even ennobled the mother’s role. Motherhood was tantamount to martyrdom during that unique era when children were gods. Those who appeared to put their own needs first were castigated and shunned—the ultimate damnation for a gender trained to be wholly dependent on the acceptance and praise of others.
    Melinda M. Marshall (20th century)

    Anthropologists have found that around the world whatever is considered “men’s work” is almost universally given higher status than “women’s work.” If in one culture it is men who build houses and women who make baskets, then that culture will see house-building as more important. In another culture, perhaps right next door, the reverse may be true, and basket- weaving will have higher social status than house-building.
    —Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen. Excerpted from, Gender Grace: Love, Work, and Parenting in a Changing World (1990)