how do you define “gender”?

A lot of what we learn comes from decades of contributions from scholars across disciplines (though we will feature sociology and gender studies theorists and researchers), and the course topic is relevant to our current world.
Before we dive into the course content, I’d like you to honestly assess your starting point on the sociology of gender and what you would like to put into and get out of the course.
Please write your answers to the following questions in a Word document or pdf and upload it below by the deadline:
Off the top of your head, right now, how do you define “gender”? (*Do not* google! It is better for this to be organic – there is no penalty for a “wrong” answer, I promise!)
Next, write a short paragraph to explain what you know or assume about gender? How does gender apply to your own life? Provide some examples to support your ideas.
In the “About Me” Survey, you were asked to consider some ways that you can contribute to a constructive learning environment for yourself and others. Here, think about the efforts you plan to work on in the course that can help you (personally) be successful. List 2-3 things that you can control for ensuring your success in the course. Please do not name the outcomes you want. “Getting an A” is not an effort, it’s an outcome. What will you do to work on earning the grade you want?
What do you hope to gain from the course? While we will work to meet the learning outcomes defined in the syllabus, write at least a couple of substantive sentences explaining some things you are hoping to get out of your studies of a sociological perspective on gender.
OPTIONAL: Please feel free to include anything else you would like. Nothing else is necessary, but the opportunity is open if you would like to elaborate on any additional musings you had about gender while completing this assignment, or there is something else you would like the instructional team to know that perhaps was not included in the “About Me” Survey.