The difference between sex and gender identity.


I saw an argument about transgenders identity on here and felt it would be a good idea to explain the difference about changing your sex to changing your gender.

True you can not change your sex.

The difference between sex and gender identity.

The definition of sex is as follows.

Sex refers to a set of biological attributes in humans and animals. It is primarily associated with physical and physiological features including chromosomes, gene expression, hormone levels and function, and reproductive/sexual anatomy. Sex is usually categorized as female or male but there is variation in the biological attributes that comprise sex and how those attributes are expressed.

These features cannot be changed.

But the argument isn't about changing their sex. It's changing gender.

Here is the description of gender.

Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, expressions and identities of girls, women, boys, men, and gender diverse people. It influences how people perceive themselves and each other, how they act and interact, and the distribution of power and resources in society. Gender identity is not confined to a binary (girl/woman, boy/man) nor is it static; it exists along a continuum and can change over time. There is considerable diversity in how individuals and groups understand, experience and express gender through the roles they take on, the expectations placed on them, relations with others and the complex ways that gender is institutionalized in society.

So yes a person can change gender. Gender is how society and oneself acts and perceives or identifies themselves as.

So the argument that it's impossible for one to change their gender is incorrect. Anyone can change their gender.

Sex is biological and is not interchangeable.

Gender us how a person sees themselves.

If a man decides he wants to be female. He will always be male biologically but he percieves himself as a female and he has changed his gender to female because he perceives himself as one.

That is why they identify as transgender and not transsexuals.

The difference between sex and gender identity.
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    Interesting 😗 so what do you say about transexuals? I would think they could change their sex physically but technically stay the sex they were born with genetically.
    Is this still revelant?
    • jcnum10

      From what i understand most transgenders do not use the term transsexual.

      But i could be wrong about that.

      It's something they were originally deemed as but as society grows and learns transgender is the preferred term they use even the ones who are surgically reassigned.

      a lot of misinformed people use transsexual.

      Just like a lot of misinformed people argue you can't change genders.

    • Well misinformation is for sure going around and being misused as if they are facts. Mainly due to the laziness of certain people who do not want to properly do research. Medically speaking though there are surgeries where men can take female hormones and have breasts implanted and their penis and scrotum and testes surgically removed or altered and replaced with ovaries and a womb and a fully functional clitoris and vagina. Likely a woman can do the same in reverse. In a way they can exchange their sexual organs and physically become the "gender" they want to be. Hormones are just taken to keep them at that chosen sex. I would think that those people would be considered true transsexual in physical form only. I say this because no one can truly change our genes from the male Y chromosome into the female X chromosome. At least not yet. Right? Or what are your thoughts? 😗

  • i always thought it was the same bullshit
    Is this still revelant?

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  • MrKinktastic
    Gender and gender identity are not mutually interchangeable. Gender isn’t a construct but gender identity is. Gender is just a different way of saying sex.

    Overall you can identify as whatever you want, the issue is only when a person insists everyone confirms with their concept of their identity. It’s not unlike claiming you’re a Olympian level athlete when you’re really just a little league coach, you don’t have a right for everyone else to agree with you even if free speech allows you to say it (which you should absolutely be allowed to do of course).

    It’s also unacceptable to be an asshole to someone just because you don’t agree with them. So for the would-be-Olympian it would be unacceptable for someone else to kick his ass, kick him out of an establishment (other than say an Olympic bar/retreat where he’s obviously not actually entitled to be) or otherwise treat him like a less than valid member of society. Same goes for trans obviously, disagreeing with someone doesn’t give you the right to public ally shame them, treat them like they don’t matter or expel them from the group. We, in theory, live in a free and democratic society so need to learn to tolerate those we don’t agree with.
  • WindAtMyBack
    Gender and sex are the same thing. The words have always been used interchangeably.

    Simply changing the "definition" of a word doesn't make it true. By simply changing definitions you can claim that anything is anything else.

    There are two sexes and there are two genders. Because they are both the same thing.
  • Dongtai
    I believe that identity is intangible and specific to an individual. I don’t think things like gender/sex, religion, class and all those other social constructs are actual identifiers. Do people attempt to identify themselves with them? Of course. But then people become “lost” within those labels and lose themselves trying to be what they think they need to be to fit that construct.

    Temperament. Moral codes. Personal beliefs. Likes. Dislikes. Fears. Dreams. Passions. Dreams. Skills. Flaws. Personality. Sexual preference. These are the things that make up a person’s identity. Mostly intangible things that are brought to life by the individual’s actions or lack of.

    However. Because we have all of these social constructs people become confused when their actions don’t line up with a societal standards.

    Say a boy likes wearing dresses. It doesn’t have to mean anything. But when people start calling him gay and telling him “you’re not a girl” he might get the thought “but I feel like a girl,” because he’s been taught boys and girls are different and behave different.

    But how can you FEEL like a boy or a girl? That’s genetics. You can’t FEEL like you have brown or blue eyes. You can’t FEEL like you have a vagina. You can’t FEEL like you have brown skin. But you can feel like you don’t belong. You can feel ostracized. So when the world is telling you you’re not a girl but you want to do things you see a girl do, you might FEEL that you’re supposed to be a girl.

    I believe if we just let people be then we wouldn’t have these identity issues. I don’t think we’d have people swapping genders If these constructs about gender wasn’t so prevalent. If we didn’t have these rigid ideas about boys, girls, gay or straight, people wouldn’t people wouldn’t “feel” like anything but themselves because they would never learn how to “feel” like anything else.

    Just my thoughts.
  • Edanurus
    If someone can change their gender then I see no reason to hold it as a protected class.

    Most people can understand gender, what they don't understand is how gender isn't binary. I believe it is myself and if as you say people can change their gender I don't see why it should be a protected class.
  • hornyafbi69
    A guy that goes through puberty and cuts his pecker off still has every biological advantage of a males body as long as they stay out of WOMEN'S sports them sure they can call themselves whatever
  • Wewladdy
    Sex, biology and what someone actually is, matters. Gender identity is made up, irrelevant. So a tranny who thinks he's female is still in fact male.
  • Nachowedgie
    Gender and Sex are the same thing. Always have been. Making up fake separate definitions to pander to the mentally ill isn't going to help anyone
  • Msgaïj
    Sex identity, gender, etc... are all bullshit to me. We're in a time where be different is common, so the different people who wants to be different need to be more different than the "different"(nowadays common) ones. I don't think I'm understandable.
    It's always a question of one-upmanship, in resume.

    I think that body transform and identity disorders are diseases, the same way than people with pedophilia or dominance fetishes. If you feel like a girl, and you're biologically a boy, then it's a disease and don't have to be supported. Why can't we let people with pet identifications transform? Because that's weird. And, if you ask, people like this exists.
  • mrgspoter
    It's the same thing for me, and they are not anything if they change what they are it's more like a demon than human now.
  • Guanfei
    The former exists, the latter is a mental illness.
    Just because someone think he's a goat doesn't make him one.
  • 007kingifrit
    we reject your definitions as an offshoot of neomarxism, your education was fake and built specifically for the purpose of dividing people with fake identities

    there are 2 definitions of gender; 1 is real 1 is pseudoscience

    the real definition of gender: just a synonym for sex

    the fake definition of gender: your personal feelings about yourself... which can never be known, quantified, or consistently applied because humans are not capable of knowing themselves

    once you realize your definition of gender is fake and doesn't exist it becomes much more clear

    the least qualified person to know you... is you. thus gender cannot exist as you define it
  • Gedaria