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 ... 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 ... for the Doctrine of 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" of the human race ...
Dharumavantha School
... in January 2002 with the split of the Majeedhiya School campus into two separate single gender schools, the newly formed school being Dharumavantha ... With the establishment of a second male-gender secondary school, the staff and students of Majeedhiya School were split, with half transferred to the new school ... decided to introduce coeducation as well as primary grades in all of the four single gender secondary schools in the city ...
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) Transgender Day of ...

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)

    ... lynching was ... a woman’s issue: it had as much to do with ideas of gender as it had with race.
    Paula Giddings (b. 1948)

    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)