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past tense and past participle of gender entry 2, gender entry 3


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gen·​dered ˈjen-dərd How to pronounce gendered (audio)
: reflecting or involving gender differences or stereotypical gender roles
… evidence that women used their teeth as basketry or weaving tools suggested a gendered division of labor in Bronze Age … culture.Rafil Kroll-Zaidi
However, when discussing the intricacies of married life, medieval Europeans often spoke quite specifically about the role of wife and mother as a form of work. … [W]omen were then expected to perform domestic labor that was expressly gendered and acknowledged as backbreaking.Eleanor Janega
Through their demeanor, from the way they wear their clothes, stand, move, and even hold their schoolbooks, they are continually constructing who they are as gendered beings.Heather A. Blair
Gendered dating tropes are entirely absent, with the [video] game leaning instead on the inherent awkwardness of early romantic relationships for both comedic and sweet moments.Eric Ravenscraft
The good news is that you don't need to rely on tired gendered stereotypes to find the best gifts online that your loved ones will thank you for. No more wading through guides where it seems like all men do is grill and shave, and all women do is spritz perfume.Sage Anderson
For example, words such as competitive, dominant or leader are associated with male stereotypes, while words such as support, understand and interpersonal are associated with female stereotypes. Including gendered words in job advertisements could make the position seem less appealing to a certain gender, thereby limiting the applicant pool for these jobs.Danielle Gaucher et al.
: reflecting the experiences, prejudices, or tendencies of one sex more than the other
Since any reading of a student essay is also a rewriting, we need to work harder to sort out the role our own biases and unconscious associations play in our interpretation of and response to any heavily gendered narrative.Lad Tobin
: specifying a sex or sexes
One of the things that we did at the request of our team was to remove all gendered language from our website—being really intentional and creating an inclusive space.Joanna Griffiths, quoted in The Toronto Star
: using grammatical gender (see gender entry 1 sense 1a)
While learning Hindi, a gendered language, I realised that I was expected to show respect to men, sometimes more than women. I wasn't allowed to speak to my male and female classmates in the same way: With men, I was taught to use the honorific plural (Aap kya kar rahe hain? over Tu kya kar raha hai? to ask 'What are you doing?'), but could only show respect to women using feminine endings (Aap kya kar rahin hain? over Tu kya kar rahi hai?).Nayantara Dutta

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Now, as the art world reckons with just how narrow its conception of artistic genius has been, the hierarchy placing art above craft — and intuition above skill — looks ever more gendered and archaic. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Barry began by playing with a gendered trope: What if the hardened hitman was actually a sensitive actor? Esther Zuckerman, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Aug. 2023 The gendered aspect of the Girl Dinner was put into high relief when its spawn began emerging. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2023 As a nonbinary actor playing a woman, the fierce corn-whiskey proprietress Lulu, Newell chose to enter the Actor category despite the Tony Awards’ gendered acting categories. Vulture, 11 June 2023 Additionally, men are less likely to seek treatment for depression due to gendered expectations that equate masculinity with emotional stoicism, Nadkarni said. Jodie Sadowsky, CNN, 4 June 2023 Newell’s nomination comes at a time when award organizations like the Tonys, the Oscars, and others have started to reckon with their gendered categories — and where that leaves nonbinary competitors. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2023 Justin David Sullivan, a nonbinary actor who appeared in & Juliet, withdrew from nomination consideration due to the gendered categories. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2023 Further proof of the obsolescence of gendered categories. Vulture, 12 June 2023 See More

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Word History



gender entry 1 + -ed entry 1

First Known Use


1719, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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The first known use of gendered was in 1719

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“Gendered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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