Gender Roles : The Most Important Importance Of Gender Development

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Gender development is an important issue that influences some of the most significant characteristics of an individual’s life— the way they socialize with others, how they choose to express themselves, and their sexual orientation. It is the main basis that fits individuals into a gendered category that establish stereotyped “gender roles” and effect their everyday lives. Gender differentiation is important because various attributes that are encouraged in males and females are developed differently and explained through biological, interpersonal, cultural and critical theories. Although some gender differences are biological, most of the stereotypic attributes linked to gender originate from cultural and interpersonal theories than from biological theories.
Biological Theory The biological approach emphasizes that characteristics such as chromosome structure, hormones and brain specialization are responsible for gender role differences. There are 23 pairs of chromosomes in a human being and the biological sex is determined by the 23rd chromosome pair; males have an XY chromosome structure and females have an XX chromosome structure. The Y chromosome’s primary function is to determine whether a fertilized egg will evolve into a male while the X chromosome’s function is not only to determine the sex but it also effects intelligence, hereditary conditions and sociability. Hormones influence some behaviors that we associate with gender—estrogen is the primary female hormone
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