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Gender is the range of physical, biological, mental and behavioral characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity


  • ...our notions of what a human being is problematically depend on there being two coherent genders. And if someone doesn't comply with either the masculine norm or the feminine norm, their very humaness is called into question.
  • The real problem between the sexes is that for men, sex is a gender-underliner, they need it for their egos. We don’t need sex to make us feel we are the person we need to be.
    • Carol Clewlow, interview in The Observer newspaper, 19th February 1989; Quoted in: Wendell Scales (2003), 9 1/2 Couples: Life Love Intimacy.
  • Man is a ribald—Man’s a rake,
    Man is Nature’s sole mistake!
  • Women forgive but never forget; men forget but never forgive.
  • For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
    • Rudyard Kipling ‘The Female of the Species’, Rudyard Kipling’s Verse (1919).
  • As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag.
    • Patti Smith, quoted in Levine, Martin P. (1998). Gay Macho, New York: New York University Press.
  • People are born female or male but learn to be girls and boys who grow into women and men. This learned behaviour makes up gender identity and determines gender roles.

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