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

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  • 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.

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  • Women forgive but never forget; men forget but never forgive.

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  • For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
    • Rudyard Kipling ‘The Female of the Species’, Rudyard Kipling’s Verse (1919).

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  • There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

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  • In Genesis 3:12, Eve is referred to as “he.” In Genesis 9:21, after the flood, Noah repairs to “her” tent. Genesis 24:16 refers to Rebecca as a “young man.” And Genesis 1:27 refers to Adam as “them.” ... In Isaiah 49:23, the future kings of Israel are prophesied to be “nursing kings.” ... These aren’t typos. In the ancient world, well-expressed gender fluidity was the mark of a civilized person. Such a person was considered more “godlike.” In Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the gods were thought of as gender-fluid, and human beings were considered reflections of the gods.
    • Rabbi Mark Sameth, "Is God Transgender?", New York Times, August 12, 2016
  • 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.

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  • Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, ... then you will enter the kingdom."
  • Virtue cannot be separated into male and female. ... The difference is one of bodies not of souls.
    • Theodoret of Cyrus, as cited in The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity (2012), p. 106

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  • 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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