The Psychology Of Gender And Gender

1886 Words Jun 1st, 2015 8 Pages
Pranav Gunturu
Mrs. Hamilton
English 8
7 May 2015

The Psychology of Gender By appreciating how sex differences emerge - rather than assuming them to be fixed biological facts - we can help all children reach their fullest potential. “In the past decade, people have heard a lot about the innate differences between males and females. People have come to accept that ‘ Boys can’t focus in a classroom and girls are obsessed with relationships.’ That’s just the way that they were built.”(Eliot 1). Boys and girls, while having much in common, are also very different in their thoughts and mental aspects. Psychological gender differences could provide explanations for gender stereotypes, help to understand communicative and expressive skills, give reasons why boys and girls segregate themselves, and reveal the reasons behind the differences between males and females as they age.
“Boys and girls are different. They have different interests, activity levels, sensory thresholds, physical strengths, emotional reactions, relational styles, attention spans, and intellectual aptitudes.”(Eliot 3). What causes these differences is still a mystery. Some people believe that these differences are created by a complex network of biological, developmental, and cultural processes. Others believe that differences are caused by socialization. This is the idea that society creates roles for genders, and these roles are prescribed as ideal behavior for that gender. “Children themselves…
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