Gender Identity: Awareness, Research and Resources
Gender Identity Research
Gender Socialization and Identity Theory
Understanding Gender Identity
"Gender identity refers to a deeply-felt understanding of one's own gender, which may or may not align with the sex assigned at birth. It's an intrinsic sense of being male, female, a blend of both, neither, or another gender entirely. It's distinct from biological sex, which is assigned based on physical attributes such as genitalia, chromosomes, and reproductive systems.
Here are key components to understand about gender identity:
1. Gender Spectrum: Gender exists on a spectrum rather than in a strict binary (male/female). Some people identify as non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, or agender, among other identities, which may not fit within traditional male or female categories.
2. Cisgender vs. Transgender: A cisgender person's gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth. A transgender person's gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.
3. Gender Dysphoria: Some individuals may experience distress, known as gender dysphoria, when the gender they identify with doesn't match their body or the gender assigned to them at birth. Not all transgender individuals experience gender dysphoria.
4. Social and Cultural Factors: Gender identity is shaped by both internal sense and external influences, including societal expectations, culture, and personal experiences.
5. Respect and Recognition: Respecting an individual's gender identity involves using the pronouns and terms they prefer, creating a supportive environment, and recognizing their identity as valid and real.
Understanding and respecting gender identity is crucial for fostering inclusive environments and supporting individuals in expressing their true selves. It's important to approach discussions around gender identity with an open mind, empathy, and a willingness to learn and respect diverse experiences and identities." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)Americans’ Complex Views on Gender Identity and Transgender Issues Pew Research Center
Exploring Gender and Gender Identity Council of Europe
Gender Identity Development in Children Healthy Children
Gender Identity, Definition, Theories and Facts Britannica
Gender Identity needs to be based on Objective Evidence rather than Feelings The Economist
Gender Socialization and Identity Theory MDPI
How Gender Theory Undermines Reality Alliance Defending Freedom
How Science is Helping Us Understand Gender Nasional Geographic
Models of Gender Identity Gender Wiki
Moving beyond Gender Identity: The need for Contextualization in Gender-Sensitive Medical Research The Lancet Regional Health Europe
Social Identity Theory Mental Health and Motivation
Understanding Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation James Madison University
What is Gender Dysphoria? Mental Health and Motivation