A new survey has found that more than 40 per cent of Brits think gender is socially rather than biologically determined.

When asked to respond to the statement "Gender is a social construct based on sexist stereotypes. Gender ideals are time, place and culturally diverse", 41 per cent agreed, and 36 per cent opposed the view.

YouGov, who carried out the survey, said it had received strong responses to the question.

One person explained their answer by pointing to “the grey area between deciding what aspects of either nature or nurture, or both, create a person’s ‘gender’”.

Another respondent said that defining gender is a fascinating "battleground" between feminists who say gender is defined by patriarchal systems, and transgender people, who feel strongly that it is "defined by feelings".

In November of last year, a campaign was launched in Scotland calling for the government to legally recognise a third gender.

In the UK at the moment, people who do not identify as male or female are not currently recognised under the law.

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