Sex vs. Gender, Nature vs. Nurture
My research thus far has focused on the differences between sex and gender. I have found that the major difference stems from the conflict of nature versus nurture. While biological sex is a product of nature, gender is a product of nurture. More specifically, biological sex is determined at conception by the pairing of chromosomes that can either be XX for females, or XY for males. Gender on the other hand, is a socially influenced term, determined by culture and stereotypes built around one's sex. With this in mind, I wanted to look at how the psychological development of one's sexual identity could be effected by the stereotypes and gender roles created by society and culture. Furthermore, which has more of an effect on an individual's sexual identity, nature or nurture? Are there any aspects of our sexual identity that are inherently male, or inherently female? Can males and females be separated on a psychological level as well as on a physical level, or has society created the divide between sexes with its concept of gender? I hope to find out whether or not nurture is the only thing standing between what might otherwise be very similar natures, or if society's concept of gender has developed in the way it has as a result of inherent differences between sexes.