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gender bender

1. One who dresses and/or behaves in the manner or style of the opposite sex. Tom works as an accountant during the week, but he has a performance routine as a gender bender on the weekend.
2. One who challenges, denies, or explores the borders or limitations of gender identity, typically through means such as activism, transvestitism, academic discourse, etc., or a combination thereof. Some of the leading academic gender benders are gathering this week for a summit on transgender rights.
See also: bender, gender

gender bending

1. modifier (hyphenated and used before a noun) Literally, causing a change in the sexual assignment of a person or animal. Scientists are developing a gender-bending chemical procedure to induce artificial hermaphroditism in insects.
2. modifier (hyphenated and used before a noun) Assuming the roles, appearance, or manner of the opposite sex. This novel features a gender-bending protagonist who, at various stages in the story, moves between gender identities.
3. noun The discourse or practice of challenging, denying, or exploring the borders or limitations of gender identity, typically through means such as activism, transvestitism, academic discourse, etc., or a combination thereof. Some of the leading academics in gender bending are gathering this week for a summit on transgender rights.
See also: bend, gender

play the gender card

To dismiss or discredit an opinion, argument, position, action, decision, etc., as being the product of prejudice against one's gender. The candidate played the gender card as an explanation for why her polls were much lower recently, claiming that the media has been giving her less visibility than her male opponents simply because she is a woman. I hate it when casual misogynists try to brush off legitimate criticism by claiming that you're just "playing the gender card."
See also: card, gender, play

gender gap

A phrase that can be applied to any socioeconomic difference that exists between men and women. I really hope Maureen's big raise helps to lessen the gender gap in wages at this company.
See also: gap, gender

gender gap

A broad difference between men and women, as in There is still an enormous gender gap in the wages of unskilled labor. This expression at first referred to the difference between men and women in voting preferences. It has since been extended to other areas. [1970s]
See also: gap, gender


1. n. a device that changes electrical plugs or sockets to the opposite gender—male to female, female to male. You need what’s called a gender-bender to match those plugs.
2. mod. having to do with something that obscures male/female distinctions. Those gender-bender hairstyles can be confusing.
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According to The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, which runs an "Identity a Day" online education series, "The two genders may be male and female, but they might also include other nonbinary gender identities.
Gender Fluid: When one's gender identification or presentation shifts between two or more genders.
While the psychological literature as a whole defines gender role ideology as beliefs about appropriate roles for men and women (McHugh & Frieze, 1997), studies that address Christianity and gender role ideology largely conflate biblical beliefs regarding gender with gender role ideology (Ali et al.
In response to the direction of Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Shaikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) and wife of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, has directed the establishment of the committee.
A report mentions the use of gonadotropin-releasing analogs (GnRHa) to suppress puberty in adolescents with gender dysphoria as a new intervention in the field of gender identity disorders in order to give adolescents time to make balanced decisions on any further treatment steps.
Jacobs, Thomas, and Lang (1997) used the word gender to refer to "cultural rules, ideologies, and expected behaviors for individuals of diverse phenotypes and psychosocial characteristics" (p.
One group that is largely left out of discussions of education consists of transgender students, those who transgress societal gender norms.
There is ample evidence to suggest that traditional gender role characteristics are a result of widely practiced socialization patterns (Eagly, Wood, & Diekman, 2000).
Although purporting to write about children of both genders, Patri focused most of his attention on boys, especially school-age boys, and a majority of the over 7,000 letters from parents (mostly mothers) concerned boys.
They include drag performers, heterosexual cross-dressers, and people from all walks of life who live permanently in a gender other than that assigned at birth.
Among the 13 North American wolfberry shrubs, three are gender dimorphic.
If you've been a foreigner you can understand somewhat, because gender crossing is a good deal like foreign travel.
The purpose of this article is to gain a deeper understanding of the long-run impact of globalization on gender equality, the women's opportunity to engage in social participation, the influence of globalization on the formal and informal norms of behavior which shape gender roles and women's opportunities in social life, and the globalization-induced changes in the socio-economic status of women.
Thus, it would appear that boys were considered to be a different gender from men during the Renaissance.