How do we know someone's gender by looking at them?

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Found 8th Aug 2009
An interesting question. Aside from looking between someone's legs, what is it about someone that makes us recognise their gender. Talking about the face here really.

Obviously when we look at a male we know we're looking at a male and when we look at a female we knows it's a female but when i asked myself HOW i knew that, i didn't know what the answer was. I'm sure there's a way to explain it so what are your thoughts?

I'm also not talking about the obviously like a beard. Image there was a male and a female next to each other both with no hair at all on their heads. How do you know that one is male and 1 is female?

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Hairy chin??............actually....perhaps not lol :lol:

women tend to have "softer" features (not always though) and a mans adams apple is surely a giveaway

hair around the face how it is styled? make up?

Original Poster

bitseylango;5967396

women tend to have "softer" features (not always though) and a mans adams … women tend to have "softer" features (not always though) and a mans adams apple is surely a giveaway


Exactly, "not always". but the ones that don't are still usually clearly female.

If I get a "stirring" it's a female.

Original Poster

nikkib123;5967424

Adams apple?


imagine they're wearing a scarf so no adam's apple visible....you'd still be able to tell their gender.

its obvious imo:thumbsup:

http://www.m1000.com/picture/funnypic1/picture/shemale7.jpg

suppose its due to general body shape, women are more curvy than men. also a womans face seems to be a different shape

check if they have bewbs

i always look for boobs. although this doesnt always work

Abvance;5967451

check if they have bewbs



serious error,which will lead to a very unpleasant shock!

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10959/ManBoobs.png

nikkib123;5967424

Adams apple?



+ 1

jennie-jack;5967463

i always look for boobs. although this doesnt always work



Me too. That's the sole reason I got the internet.

Banned

thesaint;5967414

If I get a "stirring" it's a female.



I always thought Harvie was male?

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20090121/a1815_3730.jpg

ugly = man
pretty = woman

choc1969;5968275



so for me it is like this

WOMAN, Woman, WO! That's a man

Emo kids - especially the males - are very difficult to distinguish.

Although ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are often thought of as being synonymous with one another, they are in fact quite distinct and should be regarded as such. In simplest terms, sex is biological in meaning whereas gender is sociological in meaning. The only tangible relationship between the two is that one’s sex is often an indicator of one’s gender and vice versa, though not absolutely in either case.

Sex refers to the biological differences between males and females. Such differences include variations in chromosomes, hormones, reproductive organs and secondary characteristics such breasts and hairiness of the body. Gender meanwhile, refers to the cultural classification of people as ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’. Each gender classification is based on a set of ideals or behavioural expectations. Listed below are some, though not all, gender ideals.

Masculine Ideals----------------------------------Feminine Ideals

Aggressive-------------------------------------------Affectionate
Ambitious--------------------------------------------Compassionate
Assertive---------------------------------------------Passive
Competitive-----------------------------------------Conciliatory
Dominant--------------------------------------------Caring
Independent----------------------------------------Dependent
Athletic----------------------------------------------Gentle

These characteristics arise due to the process of socialisation; the process whereby newer members of society (infants and immigrants etc) learn the norms and values of their respective society and in particular, their ascribed gender (unlike sex which is biologically determined). The key agents of socialisation are the family, education system, religion, media and peer groups.

The results of such socialisation are that boys are usually dressed in blue, given toy soldiers, cars, Lego and so on for presents and encouraged (or at least tolerated) to climb trees and get dirty. On the other hand, girls are often dressed in pink, given dolls, prams, toy cookers and such like for presents and encouraged to be pretty and nice.

These gender roles are constantly reinforced by a variety of positive and negative sanctions until they have been internalised or rejected by the individual; although to some extent, the process never ends as gender ideals tend to vary somewhat over time and from one culture to the next.

To answer the OP's original question, it's possible to identify someone's gender (masculine or feminine) by the gender ideals that are most prevalent. If most of the ideals are from the masculine set, then their gender can be said to masculine, and vice versa if feminine.

no one has mentioned hands yet - not sure of the biological formula - but blokes have big hands - espicially goalkeepers.

check hand width to wrist width - mentioned within this article

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hope u find what u want....or mabye not!!!

-Radishnet

I thought this thread was about looking at everyones crutch....does people really do that? lol

What???....some people are happy to see others? :whistling:

Original Poster

realfriendlyman;5969879

I thought this thread was about looking at everyones crutch....does … I thought this thread was about looking at everyones crutch....does people really do that? lolWhat???....some people are happy to see others? :whistling:


this thread has moved FAR beyond its intention. :thinking:

hypnoticstate;5969898

this thread has moved FAR beyond its intention. :thinking:



What's it turned into?

I'm multitasking, so I can't be bothered to read.

Original Poster

realfriendlyman;5969907

What's it turned into?I'm multitasking, so I can't be bothered to read.


well i originally wanted to know what people thought on what it is that makes us recognise someone's gender by their face. For example, if 100 people walked past you, all with their necks covered, wearing no makeup, all identically clothed and all with no hair from the neck up and all you get is a fleeting glance at each person, what is it about them in the flash second that lets you know their gender (because you would know).

The point of the thread was that i think something like instinct plays a part, rather than actual features. Of course breast, crotches, make up, adams apples and dirty comments all ensued lol

hypnoticstate;5969966

well i originally wanted to know what people thought on what it is that … well i originally wanted to know what people thought on what it is that makes us recognise someone's gender by their face. For example, if 100 people walked past you, all with their necks covered, wearing no makeup, all identically clothed and all with no hair from the neck up and all you get is a fleeting glance at each person, what is it about them in the flash second that lets you know their gender (because you would know).The point of the thread was that i think something like instinct plays a part, rather than actual features. Of course breast, crotches, make up, adams apples and dirty comments all ensued lol



I'm gonna be honest with you.....I started reading your response and kinda skipped sections. lol

Enjoy looking at girls adams apples though...you might need that in Thailand. :w00t:

I'm not sure you can definitely tell someone's gender simply by looking at their face. You would need other clues such as the way they walk, their fashion style, the way they communicate and interact with others etc.

Take Vinnie Jones and Julian Clairy for example. Although they're both males, I think it's safe to say that VJ has a masculine gender while JC has a feminine gender. Is it possible to know this by simply looking at their faces (both without makeup)? I'd say no. As I mentioned above, you'd need to have other clues. VJ displays more of the masculine ideals I mentioned earlier (aggresive, competitive, dominant, athletic etc) while JC displays more of the feminine ideals (passive, conciliatory, gentle etc).

http://maa.cam.ac.uk/assemblingbodies/library/images/59.jpg

The classical female form

http://www.aspectart.com/shp/images/Vitruvian%20Man%20-1492.jpg

The classical male form

its a study that has been going for centuries

Just look at the mouth...

If it keeps moving and doesn't stop, you deffo know its a female! :thumbsup:

birdyboyuk;5970987

Just look at the mouth...If it keeps moving and doesn't stop, you deffo … Just look at the mouth...If it keeps moving and doesn't stop, you deffo know its a female! :thumbsup:



true dat

lollz

Alfonse;5970195

The classical female form



Awaits the filthandfurry......"she's looks fat" comment;-)
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