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September 26th, 2013
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From:q10
Date:September 26th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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there are a lot of more straightforward (although not entirely uncomplicated) categories:

people with only one X chromosome.

people with at least one Y chromosome.

people without a working SRY gene anywhere in their genome.

people with ovaries.

people who have at some point in their life had ovaries.

people who would think of wearing a skirt as cross-dressing.

people with traditionally male names.

...and so on.

some or all of these categories may be useful categories for some particular purposes (although, if you're interested in any particular one of them, people are entitled to press you on why you think it matters), but the game of gender is, depending on who you ask, either independent of any of these categories, and only associated with any of them stereotypically, or, alternatively, associated with some complicated formula based on some cluster of these categories that is fabulously complex and is the result of a lot of nontrivial decisions about how to put it all together. this is different (at least in degree) from the situations with height and hair color.

Edited at 2013-09-26 10:00 pm (UTC)
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