Is There a Difference Between Sex and Gender?

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Riley Betterelli, Author

There has always been a debate over the difference between sex and gender on whether the two are the same or different. 

 The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe defines gender and sex as, “Gender is used to describe the characteristics of women and men that are socially constructed, while sex refers to those that are biologically determined.” Therefore, following that definition, they are different. 

However, many people still think those things are the exact same. Healthline.com perfectly explains why someone might think that way, “Most of us have been raised with pretty simplistic ideas about sex and gender. Namely, that there are two sexes, male and female, and that they align with two genders, man and woman.” Plenty of people were raised in an environment where having a gender identity that is different from their sex is considered “wrong” or were raised in an environment where they were told sex and gender were the same.  

Answersingenesis.org said this about gender and sex, “There are only two genders/sexes in humans: male and female (Genesis 1:27). That’s how God has made us, and trying to change one’s gender is ultimately a sinful rejection of God’s design.” Many other people have this sort of view. They have this view where God intended for there to be two Genders.   

In my opinion, there is a difference between sex and gender. Cadehildreth.com perfectly explains the difference, “When using the terms sex and gender, it is important to note that ‘sex’ (female/male/intersex) describes biological traits. In contrast, ‘gender’ is a broader term that reflects how a person lives within society. One’s gender identity could be woman, man, transgender, nonbinary, or an infinite number of other possibilities. Because gender is a personal identity, is socially constructed, and has limitless possibilities, it takes no further explanation to explain why it is a spectrum.” There is a difference. Gender is a social construct where sex is biological.