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Impactful Topics: Ableism, Abortion, Gun Violence, and more: Gender


As opposed to sex, which comprises only the biological differences among members of a species, typically observable in the chromosomes and reproductive systems of an organism, gender refers to social and cultural identity based on a set of expectations regarding characteristics, behaviors, and norms. Gender identity refers to an individual's internal sense of their own gender and how they determine they fit into their culture's gender paradigm. 

This guide provides links to a variety of sources, including books and e-books, journal articles, databases, and websites, that are helpful in researching different aspects of this impactful topic. 

Books and e-Books

Subject Headings and Search Terms

Subject Headings and search terms:

Gender identity
Gender expression
Gender nonconformity
Gender inequality
Gender stereotypes
Sex role
Sex differences
Gender identity -- Social aspects
Transgender people
Human body -- Social aspects

Common Gender Pronouns

a chart of some gender pronouns by Trans Student Educational Resources. The columns are the “subjective, objective, possessive, and reflexive” part of each pronoun set and an example. The first pronoun set is she, her, hers, and herself. The examples are “she is speaking. I listened to her. The backpack is hers.” The second set is he, him, his, himself. The examples are “he is speaking. I listening to him. The backpack is his.” The third set is (singular) they, them, theirs, themself. The examples are “they are speaking. I listened to them. The backpack is theirs.” The fourth set is ze, hir or zir, hirs or zirs, hirself or zirself. If used it would be ze/hir/hirs/hirself or ze/zir/zirs/zirself. The graphic happened to combine them into one row. The examples included “ze is speaking. I listened to hir. The backpack is zirs.” A note at the top reads “Please note these are not the only pronouns. There are an infinite number of pronouns as new ones emerge in our language. Always ask someone for their pronouns.

Journal Articles