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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.
gender identity the 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.