Each culture has standards about the way that people should behave based on their gender.For example, many cultures expect and encourage men to be more aggressive than women.Our sex only refers to our sexual anatomy and chromosomes.
It’s normal to have questions about biological sex.
Here are some of the most common questions we hear about what it means to be female, male, or intersex. Biological sex identifies a person as either female, male, or intersex.
People whose biological sex is not clear in these ways have intersex conditions. Sometimes the difference is never noticed, so some people have intersex conditions for their whole lives and never know.
Some intersex people are transgender, but intersex does not necessarily mean transgender, and transgender does not necessarily mean intersex.
Sometimes a female or male sex is assigned to a baby through surgery.
Up to five of these surgeries occur every day in the U. Many people think that babies with intersex conditions should be assigned a gender at birth.
Abuse and neglect of children occurs in families from all walks of life, of all incomes, religions and ethnicities.
There is no single cause of child maltreatment; rather, it occurs as a result of many forces working together to impact the family.
Abused or neglected children can see the world as an unstable, frightening and dangerous place, which can undermine their sense of self-worth and their ability to cope with and adapt to their environments as they grow up.
If unaddressed, maltreatment may contribute to later problems, such alcoholism/substance abuse, depression, domestic violence, multiple sexual partners and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, suicidal thoughts and attempts.
Some people believe that assigning a gender means performing surgery on the baby’s genitals, while others believe that a baby can be raised as a girl or boy without surgery.