Is it correct that someone can change their gender, but not their sex?

I have heard that sex is biological and gender social, so someone can change their gender but not sex.

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  • Jake
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Sure but only if you’re transgender but even then you identify as male or female. There’s only two sexes

  • 2 months ago

    no since they are linked and until you can remove the Y chromosome or Add a Y chromosome you are the gender you were assigned at birth by your genitalia Biological sex determines Gender not thought, Gender is not a choice, also sex is also determined by Chromosomes

  • Sky
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Biological sex is based on the genitals that are actually between the legs.  That can be changed through surgery, although surgery can't generate organs that are not already there (ovaries, testicles, prostate, uterus, etc.).  Gender is what is hard wired into the brain; it's the self awareness, the knowledge of self that tells the individual "I AM a boy" or "I AM a girl".  Being hard wired into the brain, that cannot be changed and is set during the time of fetal development before birth.  If someone is transgender and so their physical sex does not align with their brain's gender identity, their gender identity will always eventually emerge despite having been raised to believe one's gender is the same as what their genitals indicate.

    So no, what you said is not correct.  Someone's gender expression can change as their brain-set gender identity emerges, but their gender was always there.  And their sex can change with surgery and hormones.

  • 2 months ago

    Neither can be changed. Gender identity is innate. Only outward appearance can be changed.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No.

    "Gender" and "Sex" are synonyms.

    You can be an effeminate man or a masculine woman.

    But your DNA determines both your gender and sex.

    And that is unchangeable.  

  • 2 months ago

    Just because gender is social doesn't mean it can be changed.  Money is another social construct but a poor person can be killed by lack of money.  Gender is effectively a wound inflicted on people before birth.  It can't be changed without changing society as a whole.  Gender identity is entirely different.  Sex, however, can in theory be changed.  If the technology was available to convert a man into a woman, with ovaries, a uterus and a menstrual cycle, able to conceive and bring babies to term, that would change his sex but he would still be a man, i.e. that would be his gender because that's not to do with biology in the crude sense but history.  For instance, he'd still be more likely to have sexually harassed people, to have a higher income, more experience in a stereotypically masculine line of paid work and so on, and therefore he would be a man.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Nobody has ever said fertility determines male or female sex. That’s a stupid straw man argument. Transgender women are MEN. They still have XY. Transmen are women. They still have XX. They have cosmetically altered their bodies to make it look like a woman. Trans women give examples like MRKH syndrome to justify their point. MRKH syndrome is a disorder. Transgenderism was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013 because of political correctness and pressure from trans activists.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    "I have heard that sex is biological"

    You cannot change your birth genders fertility, you CAN however change everything else.

    That being said fertility and chromosomes ARE NOT determining factors in someone's gender, if it were every cisgender women would become genderless at menopause, and every person who is born with a sex chromosome other than xx or xy and / or ambiguous genitalia could never be a man or women YET THEY ARE.

    "gender social, so someone can change their gender but not sex."

    Your gender identity is innate, it is PART of who you are.

    Transgender is an umbrella term, http://transstudent.org/about/definitions/

    Edit

    @Anonymous

    First MRKH syndrome is not the only intersexed condition there is, there are over 45 different human chromosomal patterns other than xx and xy, second the example and parallels are ligitamre and accurate in terms of gender and sex selection, it's only the etiology of the two conditions that differ and that you appear to be speaking to, third gender identity disorder was not removed in 2013 is was changed to gender dysphoria that may seem like a technicality, but it is not, it was not done out of political correctness it was done because of a realization the previous medical model was failing their patients.

    "Nobody has ever said fertility determines male or female sex. That’s a stupid straw man argument. Transgender women are MEN"

    OK fertility is not the determining factor in gender, we agree, BUT you can change everything else, then what defines gender, your position is one of intolerance in the face of all other evidence, it doesn't speak well of you..

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    People cant change either. A trans man was always a man and a trans woman was always a woman.  

  • "I have heard that sex is biological and gender social"

    People who say that are confusing gender roles with gender identity.

    Gender roles, societal expectations for a individual based on their apparent gender, is a social construct.

    Gender identity, how we all internally perceive ourselves in a gender way, is an inborn trait. Gender identity is programmed into the brain during fetal development.

    Now to the term "sex". In the context of this question I'll assume you're referring to a person chromosomes.

    Back to your original question:

    People can't change either their sex or their gender identity.

    What about trans people?

    Trans people don't change gender, they change their body to match their gender. You see most people are born with a gender identity that matches their body, transsexual people are not, that's literally what transsexualism is. This leads to a life of pain and misery as their body feels profoundly wrong and nobody ever sees them as the gender they truly are. When a trans person transitions they are affirming their inborn gender identity, not changing it.

    A primer:

    http://forum.beginninglifeforums.com/index.php/t/1...

    The science of gender identity:

    http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2016/gender-line...

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