Initially, the concept of gender(s) referred to the socio-cultural construction within the binarism of women and men. This created the difference between the societal roles of genders and ‘biological’ sexed bodies. The described ‘sex/gender’ dichotomy led to an important finding that the social-cultural constructions of genders are not always directly related to anatomy and physiology. Thus the distinction between the so-called (social) gender and (biological) sex was followed by deconstruction of the idea of biological corporeality.

Note: The majority of agreed language regarding the definition of gender in different regional and international policies and conventions does not question the gender dualism and asymmetry.


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