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Discussing Sex and Gender The Difference between Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation Generally sex is a word that generally denotes a biological trait while gender refers to social traits Theres a lot or controversy about the difference between sex and gender Normally sex refers to genitalia chromosome and hormones Gender includes things like social roles personality traits or identity However in the transgender community sex as chromosomes and hormones becomes blurred because there are so many medical and scientific debates Some argue that an FTM or female to male transsexual may have a Y chromosome but lacked testosterone during genital development However there was testosterone present during brain development thus causing the child to be born with female anatomy but a male brain Hormones can influence genital and brain development regardless of chromosomes and the same principle applies to MTFs or male to female transsexuals This theory makes a great deal of sense to me Therefore to me the difference between sex and gender are that sex refers to your physical appearance at birth and gender refers to how you view yourself on the spectrum between male and female There are some people who do not feel as though they fit into one gender and are often referred to as the third sex Many transgendered people are referred to as the third sex because of their gender expression Now that we have some idea about what sex and gender are we need to clear the air about gender expression and sexual orientation Many people think that all transgendered people are gay and want to have surgery This is not necessarily true If an FTM where attracted to women hed be a heterosexual man If an MTF where attracted to women shed be a homosexual woman Many transgendered people are also bisexual Gender expression is who you identify as on the spectrum between male and female Sexual orientation is who you are attracted
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