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gender identity[¦jen·dər ī¦dent·əd·ē]
The sum of those aspects of personal appearance and behavior culturally attributed to masculinity or femininity.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
gender identitythe sense of self associated with cultural definitions of masculinity and femininity (see GENDER). Gender identity is not so much acted out as subjectively experienced. It is the psychological internalization of masculine or feminine traits. Gender identity arises out of a complex process of interaction between self and others. The existence of transvestite and transsexual identities indicates that gender is not dependent upon sex alone, and arises from the construction of gender identities.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000