Are men and women naturally different from each other psychologically, or are differences really just the result of cultural expectations and conditioning?
Both culture definitely has a impact but nature dose as well
XX and XY. That is all.
I am a 12 year old women so if it seems I was defending men more than women, no. If it makes you feel better women, there was a test done that said we were TOUGHER than men. :D
I think both of them really. Culturally, yes men and women have different expectations but also naturally. We think differently in some cases and also it is proven men are indeed physically stronger then women so isn't it right they do more work outside while women take care of the house?...
We're not discussing sexual deviants.
Most people think this is a black and white issue; but I believe it's a whole grey area. I think that genetics and culture both influence our personalities
There is nothing wrong with being different. Different is not a better than/worse than issue. Women and men have roles in life, different but equally important. Two nickels are no better than one dime.
but the question didn't ask if men and women were physically different just psychologically hence PMS is irrelevant
@susanr I think one of us is misunderstanding the other here. Are you saying that my assumption that women don't get taught how to *properly* play the corporate game as often as men do is in your experience utter bogus, or what?
Me and my brother played with my barbies... We would throw them as hard as possible against my bedroom wall to try and dent it. ;) We were young.
Like this response. Clear and to the point...and accurate.
This is a question for the ages. Our brains are "wired" differently. This is why our thought and actions can differ greatly. And sorry to the lady a few responses down...yes, hormones affect the way you think and act. Don't worry, hormones affect men, as well. Just not the same.
I think men and women are inherently different but I think there is a LOT to be said for the cultural and social influences.
As a woman with a hormone imbalance causing excess androgen - male hormones - I am disappointed in these responses. I am every bit a stereotypical woman psychologically. My hormones affect my hair growth and skin, not my thoughts and actions.
Too many facets to discuss. What about trans people?
What issues would those be?
As the father of 2 sets of boy/girl twins (ages 6 and 18 months) I can say for sure that men and women are naturally different.
Men's and women's brains are physiologically different, as well as their hormone levels. Trying to fight that or pretend it doesn't exist is foolish and not healthy for anyone.
I'm pretty sure hormone levels and different anatomies aren't a result of culture
We recently discussed this in my psychology class, and learned that it's never one or the other. Nature and culture/nurture go hand-in-hand with each other.
A little bit of both.
I grew up thinking it was nature, then went to a liberal arts college that told me I was wrong. They said it was all fabricated by TV and culture.
Then I became an adult in the real world. Obviously my college professors lived in la-la land and have some anger issues.
Yeah because PMS is a cultural thing.
The question isn't about being good @ something, it's just about general differences between men & women. They are born different. Of course culture changes some things but the basic differences are already there. For some unknown reason I'm always amazed @ how dumb democrats are, as a general rule.
Very much agree
Addition...a wife that you love and know and that isn't nagging you all the time or making you feel like she's a b!¥€h
Yes, I think we begin with natural differences and they are exploded with capitalism (though I'm for capitalism) and society/expectations, that the differences we view aren't our true differences. Have a wife for a couple years...you'll see.
You should be provided the same opportunity to learn something, regardless of the stereotypical gender associated with a subject, and then you should be judged based on your individual capabilities. Doing a half-assed job and then using student failures as support for your half-assery is BS.
Badly worded question. There are natural differences, but they're hardly predestination. If you try at something and have someone willing to teach you without letting a gender bias affect their teaching, then you have a better shot at being good at something provided you apply yourself.
Women have xx chromosomes. Men have xy chromosomes. Our DNA is different.
They are by nature, but there are expectations and media/cultural influences and stereotypes that play a part.
The expectations of each gender are purely cultural. If you look at societies around the world, you'll find that gender roles differ. The last time I checked, we're all the same species.
There are inherent differences between the sexes (women tend to be more caring, men tend to be more aggressive, etc.) But I think that media and cultural expectations have brought new differences.. Women are expected to dress sexy and wear makeup, men are expected to have biceps..
lol this isn't about rights or abuse or better than another. if you can't come to grips that you are different naturally than the other sex you got deeper issues
In our house, the uterus is a homing device. The males have a much harder time locating objects like keys and wallets.
Identical for all intents and purposes.
Open to what? Nonsense? No thanks.
This an argument of nature VS nurture. Experts all agree that it's a combination of both, and that usually they both contribute pretty equally.
It's only a teratogen in that it changes how a fetus develops. The Y chromosome contains a gene that is both sensitive to testosterone in utero to make boys and causes mom to produce higher levels. All women produce testosterone and the babies respond accordingly. There's a bunch of research on it.
Excuse me? Please explain your comment. In what way are women inferior? Or are you just looking to stir things up???
Not are they different but why are they different. Try to keep an open mind cowboy.
And people think that Democrats cares about women. When all the Kennedys and Bill Clinton did was chase tail and start fake wars.
I think it's a combination of both.
I have noticed this for about the last week. Something definitely wrong in MS
It's both biological and cultural.
whoremones [sic] account for the differences
Old uncle Teddy would say something like that.
Wow. Dumbest. Question. Ever! Are men and women different? What Liberal think tank did this come from?
Nature. Just look at genetic code. But I suppose there is quite a bit of nurture involved, too.