Gender: This involves many more aspects and is much more complex and varied. It’s essentially a pre established set of rules or guidelines a person is expected to uphold based on the values of those around them in society. Each culture has standards that affect how “good citizens” should behave, dress, talk, work, and appear based solely on their perceived gender . The world has long operated on a binary system, so many still see gender as either generally male or female. But instead of being about body parts, it’s more about what society, parents, family members, teachers, and neighbors expect out of you because of your sex. Gender identity: This concept is even more complicated and varied, because it is solely based on personal perspectives and experiences. Essentially, gender identity is how you feel inside and how you express your gender to those around you, which could be done through clothing, hobbies, careers, behavior, and appearance. It’s a feeling that begins very early in life and can change over time for some people, but for others it is a steady and unchanging part of who they are and how they see themselves. We need to learn to treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of our differences in gender, sexual orientation , and sexual expression. We need to build understanding about the diverse society that we live in. So, Where Does Polyamory Come In? Most people go through life hoping to find their special someone, fall in love, and love that one person for the rest of their life. As romantic as that goal may sound, not everyone shares it. With



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