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Gender refers to how individuals perceive and experience their own identity related to concepts like masculinity, femininity, androgyny, xeninity, or other factors. It's important to understand that everyone's experience of gender is unique and complex. Gender encompasses several aspects:

  1. Gender Identity: This is how a person personally identifies their own gender within themselves. It's a deeply personal and internal experience that cannot be determined or dictated by others. When we talk about someone's "gender," we usually refer to their gender identity.
  2. Gender Roles: This refers to how an individual perceives and interacts with the societal roles and expectations associated with their gender.
  3. Gender Presentation: It refers to the way individuals choose to present themselves to express their gender. Some people may not conform to traditional gender roles and may present themselves in a way that doesn't align with societal expectations.
  4. Sex: This refers to the physical characteristics associated with gender, such as genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics. It's essential to note that sex and gender identity are distinct; sex is physical, while gender identity is psychological. Most people have a gender identity that matches their assigned sex, known as cisgender, while others have a gender identity that differs from their assigned sex, known as transgender.
  5. Assigned Gender At Birth (AGAB): This is the sex an individual is labeled as at birth based on their physical characteristics. Typically, they are raised in alignment with the gender roles associated with their AGAB. However, AGAB does not always accurately predict a person's gender identity or biological sex.
  6. Gender Dysphoria: This term refers to the discomfort or disconnect that some individuals may experience with their AGAB. It can involve a desire to be recognized as a different gender, changing one's name and pronouns, seeking different physical characteristics, or feeling uncomfortable with the societal roles assigned to their AGAB.

It's important to understand that gender is distinct from sexual orientation. While gender roles often include expectations related to attraction, sexual orientation is about who an individual is attracted to, not their gender identity.

Societies often adhere to a gender binary, categorizing people as either male/men or female/women based on certain characteristics. However, many individuals identify outside this binary, leading to terms like nonbinary, agender, demigender, and multigender, among others. Some cultures even have different and culturally specific gender categories.

Because gender is a personal and subjective experience, it can be challenging for people to understand and accept that others may have different gender identities and expressions. This lack of understanding can result in discrimination and prejudice against gender minorities, making it important to promote awareness and acceptance of diverse gender identities and experiences.


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