8.1 Chapter Objectives

  Learning Objectives

In the following discussion of sex and gender, our goals are for you to realize that sex and gender are related, but distinct; and to understand that sex and gender are manifest in many ways, in an array of living organisms.  By the end of your reading and our in-class discussion, you will be able to:

 

  1. Define the following terms:
    • sex
    • hermaphroditism
    • dioecy
    • gender
  2. Describe differences between sex and gender.
  3. Cite examples of the non-binary nature of gender in humans and non-human animals.
  4. List factors that determine sex in a variety of organisms.
  5. Describe the development of sex organs in humans.
  6. Explain some evolutionary pros and cons of hermaphroditism and why it exists in some plants and animals.

 

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The Evolution and Biology of Sex by Sehoya Cotner and Deena Wassenberg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.