(noun) “[A] term that refers to social or cultural distinctions of behaviors that are considered male or female” (OpenStax College 2012).

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  • Plural: genders

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  • “‘Gender,’ in the important sense developed by feminists, refers to our ideas of femininity and masculinity. It has to do with the relations of power between and within the sexes. It is the result of how we raise boys and girls to be men and women” (Kaufman and Kimmel 2011:53).

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Kaufman, Michael, and Michael S. Kimmel. 2011. The Guy’s Guide to Feminism. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.

OpenStax College. 2012. The Difference Between Sex and Gender. Connexions, June 12, 2012. (