Monday, April 23, 2012

How does one's gender define one's identity?

Gender is a range of characteristics used to distinguish between males and females. Gender is also understood as behavioral, cultural and psychological traits typically associated with one sex. On the other hand, a gender identity is one's private sense of being a man or a woman, and consists primarily of the acceptance of membership in a particular group of people: male or female. So how does one's gender actually affect and define one's identity?

There are many stereotypes stating typical characteristics for each gender, like for example that women cannot drive. Of course this facts are in some cases true but not being able to drive can be true as much for a man as it can be true for a woman. To some small degree, I believe one's gender affects one's identity but this is nothing comparing to how big role environment and culture one grows up in affects it.

By Stormbear