Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Gender is a person’s true identity. People recognize you by your gender and every assessment about you and your personality is a result of your gender. It is an anchor and once people decide what you are, they interpret everything you do in the light of that. While sex is the biological component, gender is psychological and social component. The state of being neither male nor female is understood in relation to the individual’s sex, gender, role, gender identity or sexual orientation. However, there are certain conditions in which the biological aspects are in contradiction with the social and psychological aspects of gender. These contradictions give rise to confusion and frustration. This confusion, as we say it, is known as “third sex”. To many cultures and individuals, a third sex may represent an intermediate state between men and women, a state of being both(such as the spirit of a man in the body of a woman), the ability to cross or swap genders or a state of being neither. In the western world lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people have been described as belonging to the third sex or gender.

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