And there are real differences between the X and Y chromosomes that include function and behavior.” Can you please provide some supports for this and more detailed information?

The cutting edge neurology (including the story I linked you) that I’ve seen says there is no such thing as a gendered brain — at least not at birth. It becomes that way through socialization and experiences (which mostly come out of socialization).

This “boys like trucks and girls like dolls” comes directly from socialization — that’s what current research indicates. Little kids know from a very young age what they are supposed to like, and what their parents will approve of. Paint trucks pink and tea sets blue and suddenly all bets are off. Gender indoctrination begins at birth (and sometimes even before that with “gender reveal parties.”

Individuals have a lot of differences, but that can’t be divided by gender as relates to cognition, emotions, or personality.

“In a 2005 meta-analysis of 46 studies conducted over the past 20 years, Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD concluded that males and females are more alike than different. “Furthermore, Hyde found that gender differences seem to depend on the context in which they were measured. In studies designed to eliminate gender norms, researchers demonstrated that gender roles and social context strongly determined a person’s actions. For example, after participants in one experiment were told that they would not be identified as male or female, nor did they wear any identification, none conformed to stereotypes about their sex when given the chance to be aggressive. In fact, they did the opposite of what would be expected — women were more aggressive and men were more passive.”

Another quote from the article I linked you:

Beliefs about sex differences (even if ill-founded) inform stereotypes, which commonly provide just two labels — girl or boy, female or male — which, in turn, historically carry with them huge amounts of “contents assured” information and save us having to judge each individual on their own merits or idiosyncrasies.

With input from exciting breakthroughs in neuroscience, the neat, binary distinctiveness of these labels is being challenged — we are coming to realise that nature is inextricably entangled with nurture. What used to be thought fixed and inevitable is being shown to be plastic and flexible; the powerful biology-changing effects of our physical and our social worlds are being revealed.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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