A new survey has revealed that more than 40 per cent of British people believe that gender is actually a social construct rather than something which is biologically determined.
A YouGov study revealed that, when asked to respond to the statement “Gender is a social construct based on sexist stereotypes. Gender ideals are time, place and culturally diverse”, 41 per cent of people agreed whereas only 36 per cent disagreed.
The other 23 per cent polled were undecided, but YouGov said it received some strong responses to the statement, as many people continue to debate what exactly it is which defines a person’s gender.
One person explained their answer by pointing to “the grey area between deciding what aspects of either nature or nurture, or both, create a person’s ‘gender’”.
Another voter said that defining gender is a fascinating “battleground” between feminists who say gender is defined by patriarchal systems, and transgender acticists, who feel strongly that it is something “defined by feelings”.
The news comes as a judge in the U.S. yesterday approved Caitlyn Jenner’s request to legally change her name and gender.
Gender fluidity has become increasingly acknowledged in the public eye, especially by celebrities such as Ruby Rose. However, in the UK, people who do not identify as male or female are not currently recognised under the law.
In November of last year, a campaign was launched in Scotland calling for the government to legally recognise a third gender.
In addition, a petition calling on the government to allow transgender citizens in the UK to self-define their own gender, without having to go through an extensive legal process, has reached more than 30,000 signatures.