• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Creating Gender: Nurture Vs. Nature

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Juliana Ramirez English 103 Tuesday 6p.m. Gender: Nurture Vs. Nature ?It?s not just what we inherit from our mothers and fathers that haunt us. It?s all kinds of old defunct theories, all sorts of old defunct beliefs?.It?s not that they actually live on in us; they are simply lodged there, and we cannot get rid of them? (Lippa 81). What are the things that factor into the femininity of a women and the masculinity of a man? This quote found in ?Gender, Nature, and Nurture? by Richard A. Lippa helps to understand what the different possibilities could be. Lippa says that we do not inherit our gender through what our parents have told us, but it is something that is within as and we cannot escape from. Over the years it has been an argument between many to really define a concrete answer for this question. If a person were to look at a little girl whose mother loves the color pink, dresses her child up in dresses, and constantly reminds her of how a girl acts; it could be that it comes from the nurture part of our lives. Then, there is the factor of nature when giving a child the choice between a truck and a Barbie doll and they pick the truck instantly without anyone telling them. How is it that this can be given a solution when so many things can affect the possibilities? The two factors that can be analyzed to help find the answer are the biological factors and the Social- Environmental factors. ...read more.

Middle

The child will see that they are like mommy or daddy and take that in as what it is that they should mold into. There is a story about a woman who gave birth to twin boys, who at a birth were not able to urinate. The only way to help the boys to function normally again was to perform a circumcision on both at 6 months. The procedure that the doctors chose to do was an alternative to what they would normally do. During the procedure the doctors had made a wrong move causing one of the boys to bear a damaged penis. His parents spoke to a psychologist who had told them to raise their child as a girl. One of the reasons he said this was because it would be much easier to construct a vagina than to reconstruct his penis. At 21 months they castrated their little boy so that he would have no sign of male genitalia. The psychologist John Hopkins believed that gender is not innate, but it is developed through the nurture theory of development. The boy?s family went on to raise their boy as if he was a girl, this is called gender re-assignment. The psychologist made sure to remind them that they must not tell anyone of the change to insure successful re-assignment. As time went on and the boy began to grow, but not as the family had intended. He rejected girlish toys, attempted to use the restroom standing up, refused to wear girls clothing, and refused to part take in any girlish activities. ...read more.

Conclusion

When he began to take in the testosterone he embarked on new interests that usually men have within them that women don?t. Chaz had said ?I got way more gadget-oriented, I have to say. I don?t know why. Definitely since transitioning I?ve wanted to be up on the latest, coolest toy? (Wilson ST1). As the testosterone took effect to his body he was overcome with an interest in more mechanical things. This would explain how it is that men are already internally trained to be interested in certain things. It is the testosterone that gives them the ?boyish? characteristics, thus showing how it is that gender is biological. ?I don?t think the way I grew up had any effect on this issue,? Chaz said. ?There?s a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment? (Wilson ST1). Someone who has gone through the different genders through what he had grown up as and finally turning into what he had always felt must know what the differences really are. Chaz even believes that it is completely within a person to feel a gender rather than be brought up into one. In this instance it is the biological effects that embossed the theory gender is something that people cannot change, but is imprinted with in their body. Lippa, Richard A. Gender, Nature, And Nurture. n.p.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 11 Dec. 2012. Tyre, Peg, and Julie Scelfo. "Why Girls Will Be Girls." Newsweek 148.5 (2006): 46-47. Science Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson). Web. 11 Dec. 2012. Wilson, Cintra. "The Reluctant Transgender Role Model." New York Times 06 May 2011, ST1. Print. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification essays

  1. Empiricism Vs Rationalism

    It may be argued that Empiricism is 'simpler', as rationalism has one more entity that exists which is innate knowledge. According to empiricisim, the innate knowledge is unobservable and inefficacious, it does not do anything. It is knowledge that may never be used.

  2. - APPROACHES IN PSYCHOLOGY

    It is reassuring to most people to learn that their behaviour has a biological/medical cause that can be corrected or controlled by medical treatment. The main limitation of the biological approach is that it may be useful in dealing with the symptoms of abnormal behaviour but it may not be effective in resolving the underlying causes.

  1. Sociological theories and Healthcare.

    up to date technology as there is now such as pc's, iPod's, nintendo wee which distract you from day to day routines. What Would Feminists Say? Feminists would believe men are to blame for a woman not conceiving they would blame it on their partner's lifestyle and their bad habits.

  2. An investigation into people(TM)s belief about Hell

    and it will be easy to repeat the opportunistic sampling that was used in this study, however, the results may not be the same if the study was repeated and so it cannot be seen as completely reliable.

  1. Crisis of Masculinity

    a larger impact on a child's education and life in general, than the levels of structure and discipline each parent chooses to apply. The UCAS annual results report shows that in 1983/84, 15 year old girls and boys achieving 5 or more GCSE's between grades A-C, the girls were only fractionally ahead of boys, 27.2% (girls), 26.3% (boys).

  2. Differences between sex and gender

    This has been illustrated in a study conducted by Susan Goldberg and Michael Lewis (1969). They drew the conclusion that mothers subconsciously reward daughters for being more dependant and passive in comparison to sons, who are more likely to be rewarded on the basis of being more active and independent.

  1. Nature vs. Nurture Feral Children

    Another instance of where behaviour is learnt could be when pain is experienced due to a particular action; for example, if someone touches a small flame and gets burnt, after this experience the victim will learn to be cautious around fire and be much less likely to repeat that action in future.

  2. Biological and Social Constructionist explanations of Gender development

    Thirty seven children from the Dominican Republic have experienced this change, and the mutant gene that causes this change can be traced back to common ancestor. This mutant gene only shows when carried by both parents. The transformed boys? ability to adopt a male gender identity and gender role suggests that their testosterone had pre-programmed masculinity into their brains.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work