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# The term “sex” and “gender”

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The term “sex” and “gender” are often used interchangeably. But “sex” more properly refers to biological differences of male and female, while “gender” refers to society’s construction of a system that identifies what is masculine and feminine. Unlike the set of characteristics defining biological sex, the set of traits that are associated with gender does not sort people into two nonoverlapping groups. The traits characterize people in a complex way, so that a person may have both “masculine” and “feminine” traits.

Which one of the following statements best expresses a main point of the argument?

(A) Distinctions based on gender are frequently arbitrary.
(B) Gender traits are not determined at birth.
(C) Masculine gender traits are highly correlated with maleness.
(D) The terms “sex” and “gender” are not properly interchangeable.
(E) Society rather than the individual decides what is considered proper behavior.

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18 Jun 2017, 09:22
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The term “sex” and “gender” are often used
interchangeably. But “sex” more properly refers to
biological differences of male and female, while
“gender” refers to society’s construction of a system
that identifies what is masculine and feminine.
Unlike the set of characteristics defining biological
sex, the set of traits that are associated with gender
does not sort people into two nonoverlapping
groups. The traits characterize people in a complex
way, so that a person may have both “masculine” and
“feminine” traits.

Which one of the following statements best expresses
a main point of the argument?

(A) Distinctions based on gender are frequently
arbitrary.
(B) Gender traits are not determined at birth.
(C) Masculine gender traits are highly correlated
with maleness.
(D) The terms “sex” and “gender” are not properly
interchangeable.
(E) Society rather than the individual decides what
is considered proper behavior.
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02 Aug 2017, 10:19
Why not B - it says that gender is more social while sex is more biological?
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02 Aug 2017, 10:30
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Why not B - it says that gender is more social while sex is more biological?

The argument says that sex and gender are used interchangeably and then explains that there are differences between them.
Hence the correct inference should be that though they are used interchangeably but actually they are not. It highlights some points related to it. Thus what we can strongly infer is that both cannot be used interchangeably. B is out of scope as we cannot infer it for sure.
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Akela wrote:
The term “sex” and “gender” are often used
interchangeably. But “sex” more properly refers to
biological differences of male and female, while
“gender” refers to society’s construction of a system
that identifies what is masculine and feminine.
Unlike the set of characteristics defining biological
sex, the set of traits that are associated with gender
does not sort people into two nonoverlapping
groups. The traits characterize people in a complex
way, so that a person may have both “masculine” and
“feminine” traits.

Which one of the following statements best expresses
a main point of the argument?

(A) Distinctions based on gender are frequently
arbitrary.
(B) Gender traits are not determined at birth.
(C) Masculine gender traits are highly correlated
with maleness.
(D) The terms “sex” and “gender” are not properly
interchangeable.
(E) Society rather than the individual decides what
is considered proper behavior.

Kindly reformat the Argument and options.

Thanks!
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15 Sep 2018, 08:23
gmat1393 wrote:
Akela wrote:
The term “sex” and “gender” are often used
interchangeably. But “sex” more properly refers to
biological differences of male and female, while
“gender” refers to society’s construction of a system
that identifies what is masculine and feminine.
Unlike the set of characteristics defining biological
sex, the set of traits that are associated with gender
does not sort people into two nonoverlapping
groups. The traits characterize people in a complex
way, so that a person may have both “masculine” and
“feminine” traits.

Which one of the following statements best expresses
a main point of the argument?

(A) Distinctions based on gender are frequently
arbitrary.
(B) Gender traits are not determined at birth.
(C) Masculine gender traits are highly correlated
with maleness.
(D) The terms “sex” and “gender” are not properly
interchangeable.
(E) Society rather than the individual decides what
is considered proper behavior.

Kindly reformat the Argument and options.

Thanks!

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