“In sociology, we make a distinction between sex and gender. Sex is the biological traits that societies use to assign people into the category of either male or female, whether it be through a focus on chromosomes, genitalia or some other physical ascription. When people talk about the differences between men and women they are often drawing on sex – on rigid ideas of biology – rather than gender, which is an understanding of how society shapes our understanding of those biological categories. Gender is more fluid – it may or may not depend upon biological traits. More specifically, it is a concept that describes how societies determine and manage sex categories; the cultural meanings attached to men and women’s roles; and how individuals understand their identities including, but not limited to, being a man, woman, transgender, intersex, gender queer and other gender positions. Gender involves social norms, attitudes, and activities that society deems more appropriate for one sex over another. Gender is also determined by what an individual feels and does.” – Dr. Zuleyka Zevallos –
Nowadays, our understanding of masculinity and femininity is definitely influenced by society. Masculinity is what society considers as an appropriate behavior for men whereas femininity is the equivalent for women. The only advice I could give is to be whoever you want, be the person that makes you happy because by doing so, you change the status quo. I hope that one day everyone will be accepted by society no matter who they choose to be. We are all humans we all deserve an equal treatment.