Friday, January 29, 2010

Of gender and sex

It's surprising how often these words are used interchangeably.

And yet, they do not mean the same thing.

A couple of examples:

I recently watched "Blades of Glory" with Will Ferrell and John Heder. The movie is about two male skaters who team up to compete in pairs competition.

Personally, I think it's surprising that we haven't seen this occur in actual skating competition -- I mean, why not?

Anyway, in one scene, former skating star Scott Hamilton describes the duo as a "same gender sensation."

Recently, I participated in survey about leadership. One question pertained to mentoring. Specifically, it asked for the gender of the mentor.

Think about this:

Sex refers to a person's biology.

Gender refers to a role a person plays in society.

Now that you know this, pay attention to how these words are often misused in speech, as well as well as in written articles and books. You'll feel really smart :)

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