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Published on August 20, 2013

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Biology may not be the only reason why we differentiate ourselves by our gender

Gender Development Yukti Mehta Anish Gautham Disha Chaudhry

‘Sex’ and ‘Gender’ are not the same! Gender: Sense of maleness and femaleness related to our membership in a given society Culturally determined Sex: Sexual anatomy or Sexual behavior Biologically determined

Gender Identity • Personal conception of one’s self as male, female or undecided • Gender role: non-physical aspects of being male/female, including cultural expectations for femininity/masculinity • Being aware of one’s gender identity is a crucial part of the psychosocial development of the child • More prevalent at a social level than an individual level

Gender Roles • Automatically assigned to the child at birth, expected to play out the role simultaneously • Gender Typing: Process in which people learn their cultural appropriate gender roles through the process of socialization • This produces a gender schema, a framework that organizes and guides a child’s understanding of information relevant to gender (Sandra Bem, 1981)

Case study of Shanthi Soundarajan

Gender Differences |birth - to – early childhood| • Freud’s Psychosexual Development Stages: Formation of the personality at the age of 5 onward through the identification theory “The basic feminine sense of self is connected to the world. The basic masculine sense of self is separate (Chodorow, 1978)”

Kohlberg, 1966 Gender Cognitive Theory • Ages 0 – 2, the child is neutral to his gender • By the age of 2 and 3 - Gender identity • At the age of 4 – Gender stability • By the age of 7 – Gender constancy

• Sandra Bem’s Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI) – classified sex into 4 groups: 1) Feminine 2) Masculine 3) Androgynous 4)Undifferentiated

Androgyny • Characteristic of possessing the most positive personality characteristics of males and females regardless of actual sex • A person who does not fit neatly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society • Usually tagged as ‘social outcastes’ … till now

Changing perspectives: Androgyny Fashion

Ehrhardt, 1985 • Exposure to different levels of androgen during gestation and its effects • Both males and females have androgens, estrogens and progestin; only their levels differ – leading to formation of Hermaphrodite babies

Psychological Outcome and Gender-related development in CAIS victims • Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome • An extensive study by Mellissa Hines, Faizal Ahmed and A. Hughes • 22 women with CAIS, inter-sex cases and AIS interviewed • 47 males and females interviewed with no sexual diseases Caucasian, average age of 27

Outcome measures • Quality of life • Gender-related psychological characteristics • Marital status • Personality traits

Result • 22 matches were found between the two groups • NO substantial difference for any psychological outcome

Klinefelter syndrome, 1942 • Klinefelter discovered that some men have enlarged breasts, small testes and inability to produce sperms • Later, identified as an extra ‘X’ chromosome • Transgender - of, relating to, or being a person (as a tran-sexual or transvestite) who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s sex at birth.- Merriam Webster

Gender Stereotypes • Behavioral • Appearance • Society

The way we view ourselves/others in relation to society based on our gender Kinds of relationships we develop with others as many times friendships are greatly affected by gender of the other Privileges and allowances that are granted to adolescents by their parents Effect of conflicts between parents and children and how this negatively influences their susceptibility to maladjustment Depression: How one gender is more vulnerable to depression So…

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