Gender - Sit Yu Kwan Vivian Anthropology 101 Section 31...

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Sit, Yu Kwan Vivian Anthropology 101 Section 31 Essay 2 Question # 3 The issue of gender, sex and sexuality has been complex in interrelating the terms. They are closely related and in most of the times are contradicting and misunderstood. For quit some time, the issue has been changing over the time as in most cases gender is more preferential than other names in question. Gender, sex and sexuality concepts have changed due to different understanding of the words by different individuals, communities and the way some cultures address the issues. Since “human attitudes, values, and behavior are limited not only by our genetic predispositions, but also by our experiences during enculturation. Our attributes as adults are determined by our genes and by our environment.” (Kottak, 2008: 455) By understanding the difference between these contracting words, it would be easy to eliminate the biases that are caused by the misunderstanding of these terms. In most cases, each word is replace with the other word and it causes a different meaning increasing the level of confusion. Sex in most cases, is regarded or defined as the biological attributes of men and women. Men and women differ genetically. (Kottak, 2008: 455) Biologically, sex is referred as a process by which the genetic traits are combined or mixed that often results to a specialization of the organism in either being a male or female. The male organisms produce the male gametes, mostly referred to as spermatozoa or sperms while the female organisms’ produces female gametes, ova or egg cells. (source) Usually, “women have two X chromosomes, and men have an X and a Y. The mother always provides an X chromosome. The father therefore determines a baby’s sex because only he has the Y
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chromosome to transmit.” (Kottak, 2008: 455) Sex is clearly viewed as the way or the method by which the two types of sex combines their gametes, more specifically their chromosomes, to form offspring. However, in another case, if an individual organism has both capabilities or has both male and female gametes, is therefore referred to as hermaphrodite. An example of a hermaphrodite is an earth worm; it has both organs though they cannot function together on one body. In most cases, they have to be two and each plays a distinctive role though they fight to play the male role. (source)
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