An experiment of sorts

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    The analytical purpose behind distinguishing gender from sex has to do with the fact that cultural variation in how people understand what it means to to be a man or a woman (or hijra, or nádleehí, ...) doesn't reduce neatly to a discussion about biological variation. "Gender" then can refer to things like the expectation that I will like sports and not share my feelings easily, and "sex" can refer to differences in hormones, physiology, and so on.

    A lot of confusion tends to arise from people thinking that "social construction of gender" -- a phrase meant to say something about that cultural variation -- entails that the biological differences don't exist, aren't important, or bear no relation at all to the social aspects of gender. Which isn't quite right, but it's a complicated topic, and as is the case with pretty much all nature/nurture arguments there are also a lot of open questions.
     

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