The official definition of “Man” and “Woman” changed by Cambridge Dictionary

by Subhechcha Ganguly

The Cambridge Dictionary revised its definitions of “man” and “woman” to include those who do not identify with the sex to which they were biologically predisposed. The classifications from the past reflected “outdated attitudes on sex, which thought that biological sex and gender went hand in hand.”

In the updated definition, “Man” is now defined as “an adult who lives and identifies as a male despite perhaps having a different sex at birth.” A woman is defined as “an adult who lives and identifies as female even if she may have been thought to have a different sex at birth” in the updated definition of the word.

However, the traditional conceptions that stated that sex and gender identity were inextricably linked remain in place.The dictionary not only defined the word “man,” but it also included two instances to illustrate what it meant: “Mark is a trans man (= a man who was supposedly a woman when they were born)” and “their doctor recommended them to live as a man for a period before undergoing surgical transition.”

The redefining of society’s classification of gender and sex has drawn a lot of criticism and reaction from those who believe it to be both inaccurate and harmful.The examples for “Woman” are “Mary is a woman who was assigned male at birth” and “She was the first trans woman elected to a national office.”

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