Gender Development : Biological, Interpersonal, Cultural And Critical

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There are many assumptions on how one develops a specific gender identity. These theories although very different, only explain a fraction of what gender development truly is. Not one theory can explain the ultimate reason of how one develops gender and what it means to be considered a part of the male or female sex. These different theories that will be compared in this paper complement each other by focusing solely on the interaction in terms of culture and communication within the different sexes. As the theories are discussed, one may come to realize how well they mend together while providing a descriptive reason on how people become gendered. There are four distinct types of gender development: biological, interpersonal, cultural and critical. All these aspects of gender development carry a number of theories within their category that help contribute to the process of becoming gendered. Although these theories are very different, they are also very similar in how they help create an overall understanding of gender.
The first theory that will be discussed will be that of the Biological Theory. This theory states that characteristics such as chromosomes, hormones, and parts of the brain contribute to the difference between man and woman. Most males have an XY chromosome pattern and females usually have the XX chromosome pattern due to the fact that they get an X chromosome from each parent. As you know, estrogen is the primary female hormone. Estrogen strengthens the
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