What is your most salient and defining quality? Perhaps you define yourself based on your artistic skills or the fact that you can speak several languages. To the rest of the world, our most defining feature is one that was assigned to us at birth, often by some third-party stranger who thinks their medical degree is what defines them. Rather than our acquired skills or personal traits, our most important quality to the outside world is our gender. Gender is a powerful force that lurks in the background, silently dictating our social interactions, personal preferences, behaviors, and attitudes.