, ME gendir
, ME gendyr
, ME–15 gendre
, ME– gender
, 15 18– gener
); also Irish English
) 19– gener
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Frequency (in current use):
Origin: A borrowing from French, combined with an English element. Etymons: French gendre ,
< Anglo-Norman and Middle French gendre
(Anglo-Norman and Middle French, French genre
) kind, sort (c
1125 in Old French), sex, quality of being male or female (second half of the 12th cent.; now obsolete), race, people (c
1200, originally and chiefly in Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French humain genre
, Middle French, French genre humain
‘mankind’; second quarter of the 13th cent. used independently; obsolete after 1660), (in grammar) class of nouns and pronouns distinguished by different inflections (c
1225) < classical Latin gener-
race, kind, also grammatical gender (see ). In sense
either influenced by, or perhaps independently < , either Anglo-Norman and Middle French gendre
progeny, offspring (1265 in Old French; < gendrer
) or Compare Old Occitan gendre
(1350), Catalan gènere
(13th cent. as †genre
), Spanish género
1400), Portuguese gênero
(15th cent.), Italian genere
(end of the 12th cent.). Compare later
The English use in sense
follows the Latin use of genus
, which in its turn is a rendering of the equivalent ancient Greek γένος
The formulation of the three grammatical genders (τὰ γένη τῶν ὀνομάτων, ἄρρενα καὶ θήλεα καὶ σκεύη
) is ascribed by Aristotle ( Rhetorica
3. 5) to Protagoras.
after French genre nerveux
(1645 or earlier).
On the development of use in sense
(now the predominant sense) see the note at that sense.
general gender n. now arch. and rare the common people.In later use after Shakespeare (quot. ).
1604 Shakespeare iv. vii. 18
The great loue the generall gender beare him.
1845 Oct. 318
The Helmskringla..has too little moral or imaginative attraction to be ever popular with the ‘general gender’.
1908 8 478/1
You can never believe it [sc. claret] an ordinary drink among the ‘general gender’. It cannot have been cheap enough or potent enough.
nervous gender n. Obsolete rare the nervous system.
In other sorts of Distempers where the nervous Gender is attack'd.
In sense .
1855 Oct. 716
The gender-forms of the demonstrative.
1869 2 209
What more natural or simple means could be adopted to denote the subject of an action..than a gender-suffix.
1881 2 368
Lepsius attributes a more decisive weight to the element of gender-distinction than most students of language are accustomed to do.
1898 J. B. Wisely
i. iv. 109
We distinguish masculine gender nouns from feminine gender nouns by some change in the form of the word.
1933 L. Bloomfield xvi. 272
Distinctions of number..are merged with the gender-classification.
1969 W. M. Erwin
A small group of words..may function as modifiers of nouns or pronouns..but have no gender inflection.
1994 S. Pinker viii. 233
In ‘classifier’ languages, nouns fall into gender classes like human, animal, inanimate, one-dimensional, two-dimensional, cluster, tool, food, and so on.
2002 78 116
Despite the formal identity of the gender prefixes with four of the morphological class prefixes, there are good descriptive reasons to distinguish them.
1890 C. C. Long 71
Gender-forms of Nouns. Man, boy, brother, gentleman. Woman, girl, sister, lady, queen.
1988 L. Hutcheon iii. 54
He begins by taking literally the gender form of McLuhan's general label: it is his men who are print-oriented.
1945 B. L. Whorf in 79
A gender system that distinguishes living from nonliving things.
1992 Nov. 62/3
The vowels i and u proposed for these masculine and feminine kinship terms coincide with the gender system in two major Amerind subgroups.
In sense .
1870 O. S. Fowler ii. 14
Gender states as affecting the form, beauty, etc.
1906 J. E. Ayer 127
Society practically teaches the male half to develop an excessive expression of the gender nature, while girls are taught an even more harmful..restraint in expression.
1931 108 401
Number of promycelia whose gender distributions were determined.
1971 33 597/2
Why is it no woman can escape gender oppression?
7 July c14
Letters..from organizations to individuals, sometimes avoid the gender trap with salutations like ‘Dear Customer’.
1983 M. W. Ross 2
Gender constructs endure because of their usefulness as symbols in society.
5 Apr. vii. 26
Men had to undergo a conversion, sometimes expressed as symbolic gender reversal, in order to find out what submissiveness meant.
7 June b1
Gender warriors, draw your battle lines.
2002 S. Pinker
(Book Club ed.)
Despite their visibility, gender feminists do not speak for all feminists, let alone for all women.
22 Dec. b4
Masquerading was accompanied by dancing, gambling and gender-swapping.
1975 50 226/2
I cannot understand how a book on human reproduction and sex..can be so consistently insensitive to the gender bias of the personal pronoun ‘he’ used in the context of any one person.
1996 F. Popcorn & L. Marigold ii. 181
Some schools in California and Virginia have started girls-only math, science, and computer classes to try to erase gender-bias.
1969 5 78
The compulsive need to cross gender boundaries in dress.
11 Feb. d1
To me, love has no gender boundaries.
1965 R. J. Stoller in J. Marmor xi. 206
Is passing indistinguishable from previously described continua of gender confusion?
30 Jan. 24
Shakespeare's plays are full of gender confusion.
Some hint was given in Chart II. of the gender differences expressed by the third personal pronoun.
1972 A. Oakley viii. 189
Sex differences may be ‘natural’, but gender differences have their source in culture.
1 Aug. 74
A history of childhood sexual abuse may be an important risk factor for understanding the gender difference in depression rates.
1981 6 88/1
Her paper emphasized the importance of analyzing sexual harassment as ‘a social practice, a norm, a gender dynamic conditioned by male control over women's minds and bodies’.
28 Aug. c4
The great romantic comedies are about gender dynamics.
1971 14 10
The interests of children as a group would be contradictory to..a combination of market economy and gender equality.
1982 E. Kallen x.257
The provisions of the proposed Canada clause would reaffirm Canada's constitutional commitment to racial and gender equality.
2003 D. Nicholls viii. 67
What if she offers to go halvsies? Should I accept? I want her to know that I firmly believe in gender equality, but I don't want her to think I'm poor or, even worse, mean.
1975 24 567/2
Intellectual acceptance of gender equity is coming somewhat reluctantly and grudgingly.
2001 13 June a24/6
Women's rights groups put the issue of gender equity in prescription drug coverage high on their agenda.
1964 29 Nov. 22/2
She has for many years been interested in the field of psychology, particularly in the areas of gender identity and personality expression.
1968 R. J. Stoller ii. 17
The intersexed patient with normal gender identity.
12 Sept. (Styles section) 6/2
This was in San Francisco, land of blurry gender identities, where it's common to pass as ‘other’ gendered—neither male nor female but elsewhere on the ‘queer’ spectrum.
1974 2 Nov. 14/4
California voters will decide gender issues.
1995 14 Feb. 12/7
Kimberley Leston's trademark was a wry and knowing take on sex and gender issues.
1970 41 270
A sex-typing process based on imitation of an idealized gender model.
1985 5 Apr. 378/4
Without threatening gender models, she produced poetry good enough to praise.
12 Apr. (Features section) 15
It was an encouraging, wonderfully optimistic time, when..men and women alike recognised how strangely confining gender models had been.
1957 77 333
Imprinting and establishment of gender role.
1963 A. Comfort ii. 42
The gender role learned by the age of two years is for most individuals almost irreversible, even if it runs counter to the physical sex of the subject.
1995 8 Aug. 1/4
By five, girls and boys have already started to ‘self-limit’ their activities in line with their perceived notion of their gender role.
1983 B. G. Reed & C. D. Garvin 7
Remaining sensitive to the differences in these definitions and our tendency to confuse them is an integral component in the development of gender-sensitivity in our work.
1994 16 Jan. 18/3
Much to the frustration of many teachers, gender-sensitivity training soon may be a prerequisite for tenure or promotion.
1966 L. Kohlberg in E. E. Maccoby 105
Our review of early gender stereotypes indicates that by age five-six, children award greater power, strength, and competence..to the male.
23 Apr. f3
Parents can't do much to get young children to ignore the cultural gender stereotypes they see around them.
1966 L. Kohlberg in E. E. Maccoby 102
Gender stereotyping of social power derives from highly visible differences in extra-familial roles as well as from connotations arising from body differences.
1998 22 Jan. ii. 5/3
If you want regressive gender stereotyping, watch any Hollywood schlockbuster with its tit shots and bit parts and bitch/whore/good girl-friend formula.
1980 12 61
It is by no means accidental that Freud develops these same Aristophanic themes elsewhere, as in the allegory of his gender theory.
22 Sept. a25
According to the gender theory that informs this bill, sexist attitudes led society to place a higher value on male-centered fields.
1971 33 414/2
Sex being one arena of the gender-war, I suspect far more men than women wake up their spouses during the night for intercourse.
2004 10 Mar. 33/1
For those of us on the front line of the gender war, the hot new issue of girlishness poses a ticklish problem.
1888 9 444
In the direct verbal regimen (as the article or other gender-bearing word shows), either the nominative or accusative may be used.
1898 H. Piatt 14
Wherever the lo-le..has a gender-containing antecedent, it will be called masculine.
1979 2 41
An all-woman show would invite speculations as to gender-determined characteristics shared by the women exhibitors.
1982 6 108
Mining, sawmill, construction, auto mechanic and railroad jobs are gender-allocated on Western models.
1987 K. Lette
You know I'm committed to less gender orientated relationships. But how can we ignore our naturally strong peno-vaginal-interactional rapport?
1991 E. K. Sedgwick How to bring your Kids up Gay in
A relative deemphasis of the links between gay adults and gender-nonconforming children.
1997 R. Conner in K. Hall & A. Livia vii. 135
Information concerning lesbian and gender-variant women appears to have been suppressed even more successfully than that concerning their male counterparts.
2008 L. M. Diamond ii. 32
Consider, too, the results of several ‘natural experiments’ with gender-reversed rearing that have occurred in different cultures.
In sense .
1912 23 314
Gender-bearing nouns became also the bearers of the secret of his soul and witnesses of his guilt. Every word denoting sex caused him to falter.
1994 M. Aronoff
The notion of an inflectional affix is not directly applicable to all gender-bearing words in Spanish.
1965 R. P. Stockwell et al. iv. 103
Spanish uses gender-marked nominalizations for classes of people and neuter for concepts.
2006 I. Neumann-Holzschuh in A. Valdman & J. C. Clement iii. 254
In all French creoles, natural gender can be indicated either by certain lexicalized items with inherent gender or by the semantically transparent compounding of a gender-neutral noun with a gender-marked lexical item.
In sense .
1961 J. L. Hampson & J. G. Hampson in W. C. Young
II. xxiii. 1418/1
He found that boys and girls of the working-class group were not only earlier, but more clearly, aware of gender-appropriate behavior.
19 Dec. a9
Other members of the..team took pictures of the children with Santa and raffled off age- and gender-appropriate toys.
1972 M. L. Stackhouse i. 9
Women's liberationists cite the city as the primary example of aggressive and rationalistic male dominance while arguing that attitudinal and intellectual capacities are not gender-based.
30 Apr. 68
The Court has refused to eliminate all gender-based distinctions.
8 Mar. 16
Gender-based violence takes many forms: rape, trafficking, and domestic violence pervade every society in the world.
1974 68 1707/1
2001 J. B. Ruscher ii. 40
At the grossest level, gender-biased language implies that people are male unless ‘proven’ to be female.
1968 (Stud. Voltaire & 18th Cent. No. 346) 1 470
Since dress is traditionally gender-coded, Eugenie's cross-dressing indicates an act of gender cross-coding.
1984 4 239
It is at least difficult to maintain that the desires and rhythms of rock and roll are gender coded.
2007 Winter 74/1
It's absolutely amazing how gender-coded boys' and girls' costumes are.
1978 F. Donnelly vii. 171
There is frequently a discrepancy between gender-forming training in the home and the more permissive handling of sexual matters in the public media.
7 Mar. (Science section) 10
The male bird has a pair of identical gender-forming Z chromosomes.
1977 50 947
Partisans of gender-free sensibility may not wish to consider Moreau's femininity/feminism in an analysis of her film.
2009 July 120/3
The Companionate Marriage, in which husband and wife..co-housekeep according to gender-free norms they negotiate.
1988 Feb. 5/1
Technologies can be studied that are gender-friendly, culture-friendly.
4 Mar. ii. 4/1
This Kings County Shakespeare Company production is billed as a ‘gender-friendly’ adaptation of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’.
1980 48 422
The gender of maleficarum is feminine and not gender inclusive.
1991 Nov. 5/1
We've had an opportunity to review goals that are already in place to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, gender-inclusive community.
Fifty six per cent of women feel that their workplace does not have a gender inclusive culture.
1984 13 414/1
She describes these functions of women's reformatories in the United States in both gender-normative and economic terms.
2005 M. Kackman 182
She is only truly at ease when she can settle back into the comforting gender-normative relationships of her Felicity-meets-Friends home life.
1975 75 1001/3
The middle adult's expression of his or her attributes in relation to a set of socialized expectations is, on a broad level, gender-oriented.
2002 D. Lemieux & M. Möhle in Y. Lemel & H. N. Noll
If some traditionally gender-oriented occupations have diminished, formerly integrated occupations seem to become gender-oriented.
1967 3 92
Gender-related imagery in play and daydreams.
1991 9 Mar. 612/1
No gender-related..differences have been reported in epidemiological studies.
1983 98 323/1
A gender-sensitive analysis, then, elucidates dominant as well as submerged or muted conventions by showing the operations of their reciprocal interactions.
2009 N. Fraser
Feminists must work with other progressive forces to create egalitarian, gender-sensitive social-welfare protections at the transnational level.
1968 376 18
The appearance, given names, and play of boys and girls have become less gender-specific since World War II.
2001 R. Hill
Hat..said, ‘Chairwoman , I think you mean. Or at least Chair-person.’ ‘That's what you think I mean, is it?’ said Dee pleasantly. ‘Yet man in its origins was never gender specific.’
1977 48 511/1
The children's ordering of the jobs along a gender-typed ability continuum closely matched reality.
8 Oct. c8
Call it gender-typed indoctrination, if you will, that impels me to hang fresh towels every day or to buy matching bedspreads for all my daughters.
(a) slang a person who dresses and behaves in a manner characteristic of the opposite sex, or who combines attributes of both sexes; (also) something which challenges or defies traditional notions of gender; frequently attributive.
(b) Electronics an attachment which converts the gender (sense ) of a connector from male to female (or vice versa).In quot. apparently: something which challenges traditional roles and dress (perhaps with play on mind-bender).
1975 26 Sept. 8 a/4
Why should anyone be made to feel guilty for having mistaken a boy for a girl?.. Thanks for a beautiful gender bender.
1977 Aug. 35/1
The Sluts call themselves gender benders. The ten male members of the group spend several hours before an appearance laying on mascara, hairspray, earrings, [etc.].
1980 27 Dec. 48
The cult hallows ambiguous sexuality: Mr David Bowie, the rock star ‘gender bender’, is a key hero.
1986 5 Aug. c4/4
Inserting paper clips in the holes of two plugs creates an acceptable, if not elegant, gender bender.
1993 22 Mar. 79/1
Riff-Raff was made a year before Neil Jordan's gender bender.
2003 Mar. 31/1
She had gotten..beyond the image of the blousy beauty or the campy gender-bender, to a more strong-minded feminine ideal.
2003 R. Krikorian xxxiii. 64
You may also need a gender bender to get the end that attaches to your serial port to be female.
gender-bending adj. and n.
(a) adj. that defies or challenges traditional notions of gender, esp. in terms of dress or behaviour;
(b) n. gender-bending activity; the action or practice of dressing and behaving in a manner characteristic of the opposite sex.
1980 B. Larson vii. 51
In spite of his gender-bending ways, Sylvester admits that his professional singing career started on the California gospel circuit.
1984 11 Mar. 47/1
This ‘gender-bending’, as it has been dubbed, is not news in the world of popular music.
We will have to get used to the gender bending novelty of a lord mayor who is a woman and a lady mayoress who is a man.
1993 June 34/3
The English have always gone in for gender bending, whether of the old-fashioned music-hall variety (Benny Hill in a tutu) or something more with-it (the Kinks song ‘Lola’).
2009 July 26/3
Theresa Russell cross-dresses as a doomed King in a gender-bending dreamy visualisation of Un ballo in maschera.
gender-bent adj. characterized by or relating to a change of gender; dressing and behaving in a manner characteristic of the opposite sex; cf.
31 Oct. d18
There I was, tripping over my French ballroom gown and smoothing the tresses of my platinum-blonde wig—looking for all the world like a gender-bent goofball from the court of Louis XIV.
1993 Feb. 56/1
Her rebellious teens, which she spent ‘coming out’ among the other gender-bent kids who snuck into Philadelphia's gay clubs.
2004 K. Mackendrick 136
These hearts burst out of the body.., defiantly glorious, inside out, genderbent, fucked up, queerly passionate and flamboyantly inexhaustible.
gender blender n. (usually attributive) a person who dresses and behaves in a way that blends characteristics of both sexes; cf.
1983 6 Mar. h6/3
Boy George, with his urban beachcomber look and gender-blender confusions, manages to fit in and stand out.
1985 28 Sept. 12/1
Tootsie..is one gender-blender comedy with more going for it than the standard drag gags.
7 Dec. (News) 2
Just call me ‘hir’, says gender blender.
gender-blending n. dressing and behaving in a way that blends characteristics of both sexes; cf.
1984 11 Mar. g1
Not to mention all those other socio-pop labels—gender-blending, drag, cross-dressing—that have sprung up in the wake of Michael Jackson, Boy George, [etc.].
1994 Apr. 73/1
Earhart was distinctly ‘androgynous’. Not surprisingly, Ware objects to this word, so she calls androgyny ‘gender blending’, which means the same thing.
7 July 205
Coco Chanel endorsed gender blending 80 years ago when she plucked a few pieces from the closet of her dapper lover, the Duke of Westminster.
gender-blind adj. that does not distinguish or discriminate between the sexes; sex-blind.
(Group for Advancement of Psychiatry)
Although there are times when policies, laws, services or attitudes can be appropriately gender-blind, women have some unique needs—for example gynecological services.
1992 T. S. Lebra in S. Kumon & H. Rosovsky iii. 417
Their insistence on gender-blind equality is a natural result of their having made it in the predominantly male world through their personal ability and perseverance.
2004 14 Dec. 16/2
Lila contrives to put her father in moral danger from the tyrannical king, confusingly played, in a politically correct piece of gender-blind casting, by a woman.
gender discrimination n. discrimination on grounds of sex or gender; sexual discrimination.
1973 26 488
Men draw more money than women, even in comparable job situations... Music librarians share this unfortunate gender discrimination with other academic librarians.
(Washington Final ed.)
27 July 8/5
The commission successfully expanded laws against gender discrimination in the workplace.
gender dysphoria n. Psychiatry persistent dissatisfaction with or distress relating to one's anatomic sex; (also gender dysphoria syndrome) a condition characterized by this; cf.
1973 4 Apr. b7/4
Doctors call that pattern ‘gender dysphoria syndrome’.
1991 W. Roscoe i. 21
10 percent [of boys] wanted to be their sisters or mothers. Such a high percentage cannot be explained as an epidemic of gender dysphoria, but simply as a reflection of the prestige of female roles.
2005 7 Feb. 39/2
Precious Cox..grew up in Harlem with gender dysphoria. By age 3, she refused to wear dresses, play with dolls, or socialize with girls.
gender dysphoric adj. and n. Psychiatry
(a) adj. characterized by or affected with gender dysphoria;
(b) n. a person with gender dysphoria.
1974 C. W. Schmidt et al. in J. R. Lion x. 158
The sexual activities of gender dysphoric patients include the full range of practices of adult sexuality.
1976 D. H. Barrow & G. G. Abel in W. E. Craighead et al. xix. 353
This behavior disorder is called transsexualism or the gender dysphoric syndrome and is the most severe problem among the sexual deviations.
1980 J. K. Meyer in T. B. Karasu & L. Bellak x. 207
A striking example of this phenomenon from the gender dysphorics, in whom almost everything stands out in bold relief.
1995 22 July (Weekend Suppl.) 16/3
The deliberate wearing of facial hair is mostly confined to gender dysphorics, who are taking male hormones as they consider sex change operations.
2002 71 606
In the 1950s, sex-change operations became available for gender-dysphoric people who could afford them.
gender feminism n. advocacy of the view that the differences between the male and female genders are social constructs upheld and exploited by men in order to exert dominance over women; cf. .
1991 21 Jan. 38/1
The central tenet of gender feminism is that Western society is organized around a ‘sex/gender system’.
2002 S. Pinker
(Book Club ed.)
Gender feminism holds that women continue to be enslaved by a pervasive system of male dominance, the gender system.
(a) (in early use) not clearly or wholly male or female; androgynous;
(b) designating a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity (now the usual sense).
1987 12 Jan. 463/1
The dispelling of a more fluid, androgynous imagery.., [the] driving out of metaphorical, mystical, and gender-fluid imagery for God in the mainline Reformation has promoted a number of revolts.
1993 Out June 22/1
Suede inspires Gender-fluid fans to storm the stage and shower ‘bisexual but celibate’ singer Brett Anderson with hugs and kisses.
1996 Re: Womyn born Womyn in soc.women.lesbian-and-bi
I am not gender fluid, tho I can take on either *role* at times.
(Columbia Univ, N.Y.)
13 Oct. 1
Science is also beginning to help us understand the neuroscience behind trans and genderfluid identities.
genderfuck n. coarse slang subversion or defiance of traditional conventions or expectations of gender difference.
1972 L. Humphreys ix. 164
This technique (also known as ‘gender fuck’) is a form of extended guerilla theater that may, indeed, be effective in changing the stereotypes that cling to social mores.
1991 D. Gaines vii. 178
Guys played with themes of gender-fuck; they wore gaudy baubles, black eyeliner, and platform shoes to high school.
2003 Fall 63/2
Representations of queer parents show them to be extremely gender-determinate gay men or lesbian women, without a hint of genderfuck anywhere in the picture.
gender gap n. orig. U.S. the difference between men and women, esp. in social and political attitudes; (now esp.) the discrepancy in opportunities, status, etc., between the sexes.After ; cf. .
1969 21 Sept. b12/3
The ‘in’ look for boys this fall. Their fashions have not only bridged the generation—but the gender—gap, as well.
1977 D. Morris 230
They argue that the gender gap belongs to man's ancient past and is no longer relevant in the modern world.
1982 4 Oct. 19/2
The White House is opening the loophole to help close the ‘gender gap’—data that show women are disproportionately dubious about administration policies.
1990 23 Nov. 10/1
The proportion of girls taking the subject at all levels is rising... The gender gap at A-level also seems to have narrowed through the 1980s.
2000 M. S. Kimmel in M. S. Kimmell & A. Aronson Introd. 5
There is significant evidence that the gender gap in love and sex and friendship is shrinking as women claim greater degrees of sexual agency.
gender marker n. Grammar an affix or other element which indicates a word's gender.
1950 26 219
The suffix is itself meaningless, hardly more than a gender marker.
1975 50 11
Abruzzese and Neapolitan also have final schwa rather than clear gender markers like -o for the masculine singular and -a for the feminine singular.
2002 May 16/2
That Arabic grammar carries gender markers has led even the best Arab grammarians erroneously to attribute gender to the thing referred to.
gender-neutral adj. suitable for, applicable to, or common to both males and females; (of a word, expression, etc.) not specifying gender; cf. .
1963 J. Money in A. Deutsch & H. Fishman V. 1699
It is..in harmony with our cultural mores for boys and girls to segregate themselves... One function of this segregation is that both boys and girls shed any remnants of gender-neutral or gender-identical behavior if custom so requires.
1974 36 477/1
An effort was made to include approximately equal numbers of male- and female-related words in addition to a few supposedly ‘gender-neutral’ terms, such as kissing, buttocks, sexual intercourse, and masturbate.
1975 72 731
Such uses of ‘man’ etc. where a gender-neutral term belongs are instances of a common practice in which the name of a high-status member or subset is used as a generic name for the whole class to the disadvantage of the remaining members of the class.
1987 14 790/1
By what kind of political and administrative mechanisms can technology be rendered gender-neutral and of benefit therefore to hard-pressed rural women?
2005 28 Sept. 9/2
Mentions of the ‘fatherland’, ‘great sons’ and ‘brotherly choruses’ should be replaced by gender-neutral terms such as ‘homeland’ and ‘joyful chorus’.
gender politics n. the assumptions underlying expectations regarding gender difference in a society; (also with singular concord) an ideology based on such assumptions; cf. .
1977 2 12
The norms of proper deference were not intensified by gender politics.
1994 Oct. 99/1
Next month, I'm marrying a taller woman... I've had to rethink the strange gender politics of height.
2010 S. A. Fitzgerald in Y. Lee 106
A normative gender politics which denies that prostitution can be in certain contexts deemed a ‘liveable life’ for certain groups of women.
genderqueer adj. and n.
(a) adj. designating a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions, but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders; (also occasionally) of or relating to such a person;
(b) n. a genderqueer person.Genderqueer is used as neutral or positive term of self-reference, without regard to, or in implicit denial of, the original negative connotations of .
1995 Spring 4
It's about all of us who are genderqueer: diesel dykes and stone butches, leatherqueens and radical fairies.
2 Oct. a8
It's high time ‘genderqueers’ came out of the closets, out of the shadows and out of the margins.
2004 21 Oct. 128/2
Dykes, fags, trans and gender-queers are invited to this punk rock party.
2007 M. Tea 81
A line of subversive, genderqueer clothing that would appeal to female-bodied folk who didn't want to wear feminine clothing.
I guess you could say my partner is genderqueer. She is comfortable being called ‘he’ or ‘she’.
gender reassignment n. the process or an instance of a person adopting the physical characteristics of the opposite sex by means of medical procedures such as surgery or hormone treatment; cf. .
1969 5 81
After gender reassignment surgery, some previously rejecting fathers become very affectionate.
1991 7 Sept. 603/2
Although most gender reassignments are done in countries of the western world, transsexualism occurs in most if not all ethnic groups.
2004 3 May 66/2
The Opposite Sex..tells..tales of ‘gender reassignment’. After each story, sex-change experts and the transgendered..talk things over.
gender relations n. interactions between the sexes, esp. regarded as a field of study.
1976 A. G. Dworkin & R. J. Dworkin
(title of work)
The minority report: an introduction to racial, ethnic, and gender relations.
1983 H. J. Maroney in J. Mitchell & A. Oakley
This analysis of male-female relations..asserted that the long-term transformation of gender relations required sexual autonomy for women.
2003 37 170
Lauret argues quite convincingly that Hurston's major influence enables Walker to articulate her critique of race and gender relations in the feminist post-Civil Rights era and to theorize it in the concept of womanism.
gender studies n. the study of gender (sense ) as an academic discipline.
1973 Sept. 43
Women's studies is but one of several names for a national movement that has neither formal structure nor official bureaucracy. Its other titles include female studies, feminist studies, gender studies, sex role studies and studies in masculinity and femininity.
2006 July 145/2
Some sections..are reminiscent of the half-baked ramblings of a 19-year-old majoring in gender studies.
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- genarch, n.1879
- genarcha, n.1649
- gend, n.21676
- gend, adj.1?1507
- gendarme, n.c1565
- gendarmery | gendarm...1551
- gender, n.c1390
- gender, v.1a1382
- gender, v.21825
- gendered, adj.11502
- gendered, adj.21719
- gendering, n.1c1384
- gendering, n.21740
- gendering, adj.a1398
- genderless, adj.1840
- genderquake, n.1993
- gendrure, n.?a1400
- gêne, n.11787
- gene, n.21909
- gêné, adj.1806
- geneagenesis, n.1864
- genealoger, n.1654
- genealogial, adj.1447
- genealogic, adj.1765
- genealogical, adj.1587
- genealogist, n.1605
- genealogize, v.1602
- genealogue, n.1586
- genealogy, n.1382
- genearch, n.1727
- geneat, n.1861
- genecology, n.1923
- generability, n.1661
- generable, adj.?a1505
- general, adj. and n.c1230
- general, v.1797
- general-adjutant, n.1632