Gender Identity

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Gender Identity

Autumn Messina


January 24, 2011
Melynda Marchi

Gender Identity

The development of our gender identity is influenced by both the biological nature of a person and society, but the biology is the foundation of our gender identity. In the following paragraphs I will be discussing the interaction between hormones and behavior, and how these interactions affect the determination of gender identity, the roles of biological factors nature and environmental influences, nurture on sexual differentiation and gender identity and which has the greater influence on gender identity: nature or nurture. Hormones and gender interaction will argue that biological psychology and environmental
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As has been noted with the similarities between sexes when considering the chromosomes, we are left to conclude that the environmental influences are more affecting of sexual differentiation, but only on a superficial or general premise. For instance, if it is encouraged for girls to be more nurturing, they will grow up thinking that is how they are supposed to act. That does not mean that nurturing is caused by the hormones, but rather is caused by the environmental influences. Apart from the obvious differences in sexual organs of males and females, there are surprisingly very little differences between men and women on a psychological level. While we can theorize that women are more sensitive than men, these are usually sweeping generalizations and are not linked to biological influences caused by hormones, but rather are caused by the environment they grow up in. We can attribute the roles of culture and society to many of the ways that men and women act, and so there is significantly more influence from the nurture side when it comes to how males and females interact in the world than the nature side. However, during growth, the hormones play an important role in deciding the sex of the growing baby, as well as producing differences in sexual organs. So it is clear that there are two distinct influences on the body, namely during growth and secondly during childhood. So we can conclude that while gender biological hormones at the

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