Sex and Gender

Why should we care about sex and gender together?

If you’ve already worked your way through Modules 1 and 2, you may have begun to suspect that sex and gender are intimately related and, for better or worse, affect almost every dimension of our lives.

Sex and gender interact in different, sometimes unpredictable ways and finding the dividing line between the two concepts can be challenging.  But it is important to try to discriminate between the effects of sex and gender because it helps us to identify things that can be modified and things that cannot.  Changing sex is generally not feasible or desirable, but shifting ideas and expectations about gender offers the possibility of real improvements.

By the end of this learning module, you should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between sex and gender
  2. Analyze the intersections of sex and gender
  3. Assess the relationship between sex, gender and health

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