OP, I think you mean change their sex, since that's the biological aspect. Where as gender is the psychosocial dynamic observed as a manifestation of sex in humans.
No it was not. Recently the trans people want to claim that's the case, but no, that's wrong. Gender used to mean something akin to "Class", it was ones place in society. Sex would be a part of that, but less than socioeconomic standing.No it’s true, the term “gender” actually was coined to distinguish the mental from the physical.
Yeah we’re essentially saying the same thing here.No it was not. Recently the trans people want to claim that's the case, but no, that's wrong. Gender used to mean something akin to "Class", it was ones place in society. Sex would be a part of that, but less than socioeconomic standing.
Later as we sort of rejected classism to a point, at least in the public mind, and gender wasn't used much. Later on, people got increasingly sensitive about the word "Sex" meaning biological sex, because it's also used to mean sexual intercourse, which is dirty and improper. So "Gender" got be to used again, this time as a synonym for sex. That's where we are now, although the astroturfed fake meaning you gave is being used enough to become a legitimate definition.
The reason I protest saying that's what it always meant is that people use that to claim people said something they didn't. A person in 1993 who said something about gender meant "sex" and that's it. Same in 2000. Trying to retroactively put words in people's mouth is disingenuous, and I think trying to claim gender always meant "gender roles and social place" is untrue.
"OP I think you mean change their sex" holy shit get the fuck out of your own asshole...