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Old 10-26-2018, 03:31 AM
 
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I have tried finding hard scientific definitions of the two sexes, but I just end up finding flimsy speculations about "gender fluidity" without any actual science behind it.
So all wishful thinking and personal feelings aside, what are the objective definitions of "man" and "woman"?

My understanding so far is that men are individuals with a penis, XY-chromosomes and testicles, whereas women are individuals with a vagina, XX-chromosomes, a uterus and an ovary.
Are there any other definitions?

 
Old 10-26-2018, 06:50 AM
 
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This is a pretty good couple paragraphs but other than this, I think your definition is acceptable in most cases.

“Male and female describe sexes. They can be applied to a person of that sex, or any type of animal that has different sexes.

Man and woman are specifically used to refer only to adult humans, not animals and not children. Children (and sometimes animals, particularly pets) are referred to as boy and girl.

There's also a distinction, particularly made in academia, in that man and woman more properly describe genders, not sexes, where sex is the biological component and gender the social component. That is, if one is born with male sex organs but is transgender as an adult, they would be called a woman even if they still have male sex organs.

That said, the distinction between gender and sex is still not commonly used in normal speech, although it is becoming more common.”

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Old 10-26-2018, 08:30 AM
 
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I have tried finding hard scientific definitions of the two sexes, but I just end up finding flimsy speculations about "gender fluidity" without any actual science behind it.
So all wishful thinking and personal feelings aside, what are the objective definitions of "man" and "woman"?

My understanding so far is that men are individuals with a penis, XY-chromosomes and testicles, whereas women are individuals with a vagina, XX-chromosomes, a uterus and an ovary.
Are there any other definitions?

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Old 10-26-2018, 09:10 AM
 
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I have tried finding hard scientific definitions of the two sexes, but I just end up finding flimsy speculations about "gender fluidity" without any actual science behind it.
So all wishful thinking and personal feelings aside, what are the objective definitions of "man" and "woman"?

My understanding so far is that men are individuals with a penis, XY-chromosomes and testicles, whereas women are individuals with a vagina, XX-chromosomes, a uterus and an ovary.
Are there any other definitions?
You are young, so I take your question as a legitimate one rather than trolling. In short, "man" and "woman" are not scientific words, any more than "English" or "American" have "scientific" definitions. When I was working at hospital when I was a teenager, there was a patient there that was a hermaphrodite. That illumination pretty much ended any nonsense I might have had about black and white sexual delineations. From that point on, the sputterings of uneducated preachers, homophobes, and politicians were amply apparent to me as "wishful thinking and personal feelings."
 
Old 10-26-2018, 05:51 PM
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Biologically, male means you have a penis while woman means vagina. Entities that do not have either are considered asexual. Hermaphrodites have a physical birth defect which is related to maldevelopments during pregnancy and is not truly a gender at all.

All other definitions are either political or philosophical.
 
Old 10-26-2018, 06:05 PM
 
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Biologically, male means you have a penis while woman means vagina. Entities that do not have either are considered asexual. Hermaphrodites have a physical birth defect which is related to maldevelopments during pregnancy and is not truly a gender at all.

All other definitions are either political or philosophical.
Wrong. The correct biological definition is that males produce sperm and females produce ova.

Reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds don't have penises and vaginas. Both males and females have cloacas, and in some species, males also have an intromittent organ, but it is not a penis, since it does not arise from the same embryological structure as a mammalian penis, nor does it function the way a penis does. Many plants are either male or female, but no plants have penises or vaginas or anything resembling them. Many non-fish and non-mammalian water creatures, both freshwater and seawater, don't have cloacas, penises, or vaginas, they just release their sperm and ova into the water. Insects are of course weird, but they don't have true penises or vaginas either.

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Old 10-26-2018, 06:10 PM
 
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Biologically, male means you have a penis while woman means vagina. Entities that do not have either are considered asexual. Hermaphrodites have a physical birth defect which is related to maldevelopments during pregnancy and is not truly a gender at all.

All other definitions are either political or philosophical.
Similarly, if an animal is a cow, it creates manure. If an animal is a bull, it creates...

For your next lesson, do a web search on chimera. After that, check out the reproductive ways of seahorses.
 
Old 10-26-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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I don't know, but I know one when I see one.
 
Old 10-26-2018, 08:16 PM
 
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A man is an adult male human. A woman is an adult female human. Biologically, females produce gametes capable of being fertizlized to produce offspring. Males produce motile gametes that can fertilize female gametes.

Biology is messy, though. For the overwhelming majority of people, the genetic sex (XX or XY) match the phenotype sex (vagina, ovaries or penis, testes), but not in all. There are a broad class of intersex people for whom this is not the case. Any attempt to strictly divide people into two sexes will have problems.

There is also gender identity as district from sex. Gender indicates behavior as opposed to sex which indicates genetic and physical characteristics.
 
Old 10-26-2018, 11:09 PM
 
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A human adult male is possessed of XY chromosomes, a penis and, testicles that produce sperm to fertilize egg cells present in the uterus of a human female.

A human adult female is possessed of XX chromosomes, a vagina and, ovaries which produce egg cells that are implanted into the uterus which can receive a sperm cell from a human male.
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