gender expression


Definition of gender expression

: the physical and behavioral manifestations of one's gender identity People vary greatly in the extent to which they hold and convey gendered thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Gender expression refers to the way people convey their gender through mannerisms, behaviors, or expressions.Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology For most people, … gender expression occurs so naturally it's unnoticeable. Except when gender expression doesn't match traditional notions of the gender assigned at birth.— Will Dean

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Gender expression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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