Gender Vs Sex

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Hi colleagues I have found the discussion very interesting. As many have explained, sex refers to the biological make up of an indivudual. Sex roles are the reproductive fuctions which an individual performs at some point in the life cycle. Sex roles are universal and do not change over time.

Gender roles are socially constructed, cultural specific and may change over time.

I want to end with a question: I have observed that on some application forms (e.g course enrolment) the question asking whether one is male or female is written as Sex: ..... or Gender: ...... Is it right to use these 2 terms interchangeably for this purpose?

Mulakom (talk)01:35, 10 March 2011


To me i think to avoid any confusion, the questions should be asking weather it is male or female.

Sang (talk)03:23, 6 April 2011

Thank you for observation and I agree with you

Mulakom (talk)04:55, 16 April 2011

Hi Sang
I used to feel like you untill I read the module. Trust me, if you take time to read the module, you'll be very confortable with the concept. Try it and see. Please remember to get back to me when you're done. Best wishes.

Pkakorsu (talk)09:52, 19 April 2011