Breaking a complicated concept into bite-sized, digestible pieces.

So, you want to better understand gender, or need help explaining it to someone else?

Used by — and contributed to by — countless people around the world and throughout the decades, the genderbread person (and all of the different evolutions of it, and ideas it evolved from) is a wonderful way to start an important conversation.

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While the versions created by Sam Killermann (many of which are featured on this site), are the most popular, the idea goes far beyond him, and is a creation of the commons.

Anatomical Sex

Sex (sometimes called biological sex, anatomical sex, or physical sex) is comprised of things like genitals, chromosomes, hormones, body hair, and more. But one thing it’s not: gender.

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Gender Identity

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Your psychological sense of self. Who you, in your head, know yourself to be, based on how much you align (or don’t align) with what you understand to be the options for gender.

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Gender Expression

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The ways you present gender, through your actions, clothing, demeanor, and more. Your outward-facing self, and how that’s interpreted by others based on gender norms.

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Attraction

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Like sex, attraction isn’t really a component of gender. However, we often conflate sexual orientation with gender, or categorize the attraction we experience in gendered ways.

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