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    Some traditional cultures make a clear distinction between sex and gender, and under certain circumstances allow a person of one sex (biologically male or female) to adopt the gender role (man or woman, breadwinner or homemaker) usually assigned to the opposite sex.

    The catch is that these people are expected to go all the way with it: no "woman warrior" or "househusband" middle ground confusing everyone with mixed signals and granting you privileges not normally allowed to your chosen gender and/or excusing you from the responsibilities of your chosen gender.

    It would explain why "transgendered" graves are still stereotypically male or female, and only the skeleton is nonconforming, rather than expressing a true third gender with a distinct collection of grave goods.

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