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GE6100| UNDERSTANDING THE SELF OBJECTIVES: Differentiate Sex, Gender and Sexuality Identify Different Perspectives on Femininity and Masculinity Identify types of Human Relation Identify the male and female reproduction organs Discuss the triangular Theory of Love The Sociological Perspective of Gender SEX vs GENDER vs SEXUALITY Sex refers to the biological distinction set by society by assigning humans as “ male ” or “ female ” in terms of genitals , chromosomes or physical or hormonal attributes Misconceptions about Sex a. It is a given before the baby is born b. Sex is determined by anatomy c. It is defined by reproductive purposes d. It is absolute e. It would be “unnatural” to veer away from pre-determined, anatomy and reproductive functions Gender not strictly dependent on biological attributes but is also factors in how a person perceives his/her identify. The concept of gender preference arose because it takes into account norms , activities , roles or attitudes that account for an individual’s perception about his/her gender Alignment of sex and gender is not always the case. While in most cases people are “ cis-gender ”, these are people whose biological body is aligned with the gender identity , we can also have the idea cases of people being “ transgender ”, where the biological attributes of a person do not match his/her perception or view of his/ her gender . *We also have “ gender queer ”, who are individuals , these people are “ gender fluid ” because they do not identify with a particular gender or sexual assignment . = gender queer / gender fluid Sexuality refers to experiences, attraction, practices and identity that describes sexual attraction Sexuality can be: a. Heterosexual b. Lesbian c. Gay d. Bisexual e. Queer etc.

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