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Gender

    One's personal, social, and legal status as male or female, or mixed, on the basis of somatic and behavioral criteria more inclusive than the genital criterion and/or erotic criterion alone.

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worker An individual, usually with a university degree in social work, who provides counsel and aid to individuals with emotional and family problems.

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Female
The traditional definition of female was "an individual of the sex that bears young" or "that produces ova or eggs". However, things are not so simple today. Female can be defined by physical appearance, by chromosome constitution (see Female chromosome complement), or by gender identification. Female chromosome complement: The large majority of females have a 46, XX chromosome complement (46 chromosomes including two X chromosomes). A minority of females have other chromosome constitutions such as 45,X (45 chromosomes including only one X chromosome) and 47,XXX (47 chromosomes including three X chromosomes).

Somatic
Pertaining to the cells and structures of the body, and their function.

Genital
Having to do with the sex organs.

Erotic
Pertaining to sexual love or, more particularly, to its imagistic expression in daydream, fantasy, or dream, either autonomously or in response to a perceptual stimulus, and either alone or with one or more partners.



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Gender Bias
A preconceived judgment made without adequate evidence and not easily alterable by presentation of contrary evidence.

Gender coding
Combined genetic coding, hormonal coding, and social coding of a person's characteristics of body, mind, and/or behavior as either exclusively male, exclusively female, or nonexclusively androgynous, relative to a given, and in some instances arbitrary criterion standard.

Gender crosscoding
Gender coding in which there is discordance between the natal anatomical sex and one or more of, in particular, the behavioral variables of male and female.

Gender dysphoria
The state, as subjectively experienced, of incongruity between the genital anatomy and the gender-identity/role (G-I/R), particularly in the syndromes of transexualism and transvestism.

Gender identity
A person's inner conviction of being male or female.

Gender Issue
The reciprocal interaction of two or more persons.

Gender Issues
The reciprocal interaction of two or more persons.

Gender Relation
The reciprocal interaction of two or more persons.

Gender Relations
The reciprocal interaction of two or more persons.

Gender role
Attitudes, patterns of behavior, and personality attributes defined by the culture in which the person lives as stereotypically "masculine" or "feminine" social roles.

Gender transposition
The switching or crossing over of attributes, expectancies, or stereotypes, of gender-identity/role (G-I/R) from male to female, or vice versa, either serially or simultaneously, temporarily or persistently, in small or large degree, and with either insignificant or significant repercussions and consequences.

Gender-identity (G-I)
Gender identity is the private experience of gender role, and gender role is public manifestation of gender identity. Gender identity is the sameness, unity, and persistence of one's individuality as male, female, or [androgynous]{ambivalent}, in greater or lesser degree, especially as it is experienced in self-awareness and behavior.

Gender-role (G-R)
Gender role is everything that a person says and does to indicate to others or to the self the degree that one is either male or female or [androgynous]{ambivalent}; it includes but is not restricted to sexual and erotic arousal and response (which should never be excluded from the definition.

Gendermap
A developmental representation or template synchronously in the mind and brain depicting the detailed coding of one's gender-identity/role (G-I/R) as masculine, feminine, or mixed.. It includes the sexuoerotic components of the lovemap but is larger, insofar as it incorporates whatever is gender coded vocationally, educationally, recreationally, sartorially, and legally as well as semiotically as in matters of etiquette, grooming, body ornamentation, body language, and vocal intonation.

Genders
The totality of characteristics of structures and functions differentiating the male from the female organism. SEX includes sexology, the study of the differences and interactions between the sexes. It does not include various sexual factors in epidemiology and statistics or the role of the sexes or differences in behavior, psychology, and sociology.



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Gay
Vernacular term for a male with a homoerotic status and life-style; the name that, in the twentieth century, homosexual people popularized as a term of self-reference that carries no moral or legal stigma.

Gender

Gender coding
Combined genetic coding, hormonal coding, and social coding of a person's characteristics of body, mind, and/or behavior as either exclusively male, exclusively female, or nonexclusively androgynous, relative to a given, and in some instances arbitrary criterion standard.

Gender crosscoding
Gender coding in which there is discordance between the natal anatomical sex and one or more of, in particular, the behavioral variables of male and female.

Gender dysphoria
The state, as subjectively experienced, of incongruity between the genital anatomy and the gender-identity/role (G-I/R), particularly in the syndromes of transexualism and transvestism.

Gender-identity (G-I)
Gender identity is the private experience of gender role, and gender role is public manifestation of gender identity. Gender identity is the sameness, unity, and persistence of one's individuality as male, female, or [androgynous]{ambivalent}, in greater or lesser degree, especially as it is experienced in self-awareness and behavior.

Gender-role (G-R)
Gender role is everything that a person says and does to indicate to others or to the self the degree that one is either male or female or [androgynous]{ambivalent}; it includes but is not restricted to sexual and erotic arousal and response (which should never be excluded from the definition.

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