Have you come across forms that require you to fill in your sex and other forms that require you to fill in your gender? Is there a difference?

Being curious as usual, I Googled it this morning and to my surprise, there is indeed a difference in meaning between the two words.

According to Monash University, “sex refers to biological differences, chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs. On the other hand, gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine.”

If I understand it correctly, in short, sex is referring to the biological fact that you are a man or woman. And gender is like what makes you a man or a woman. So  by the definition of gender, what makes you a real man will depend on whether you are born biologically a man and you have the masculinity of a man. Similar concept applies to the ladies.
To sum it up, Monash University provided the equations below:

Man’ = male sex+ masculine social role
'Woman' = female sex + feminine social role

So now we know! ;)


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