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Poll: gender, what is with that stuff?
i am a man and i think it is 100% social construct (5)
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directly or indirectly it is basically 100% nature
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(Original post by Arbolus)
It's a biological fact that men are more predisposed to be masculine and women are more predisposed to be feminine. There's no particular reason why that should be a fixed rule that applies to everyone, though.
Then why does my male best friend strut around in leopard-print Prada heels with a Gucci purse dangling from his arm?
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(Original post by ArtGoblin)
It's a social construct. The traits we assign to men and women are not innate to each gender but are the result of the socialisation we receive throughout our lives. Boys and girls are treated differently from childhood and rewarded for different types of behaviour which create differences that were not there before/exacerbate differences that may already be there. It is undeniable that the our ideas of what each gender should be influences how people perceive and act out their own gender identity.
Social influence certainly encourages and even enhances traits that a particular sex generally has a predisposition to exhibit in the first place. However, that general predisposition is not a fabrication. Most of us understand that. Some of us just want to dismiss it, because acknowledging it is counterproductive to encouraging unbiased treatment.

The truth is that men and women generally have different behavioral traits. For the sake of the exceptions, men and women deserve to be consistently treated as if those differences do not exist. Let's start from there. It is more honest.
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Then why does my male best friend strut around in leopard-print Prada heels with a Gucci purse dangling from his arm?
Pesticides?
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I suppose you could see evolution due to social parameters as social construction. But perhaps this is not the sort of social construction people are looking for when they say "socially constructed"?
Yes you are absolutely right. Evolution prepares animals to develop in a social environment.

Is that social constructivism? Who knows! It's very hard to get a clear definition from most social constructionists. I suspect nobody really knows what they're talking about.
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I don't know. I've not read enough stuff on it.
My opinion is that masculinity and femininity etc are polygenetic traits and are partially independent of what biological sex the individual is.
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To people citing the differences in how we treat children and encourage them to by different toys etc...

Does it not occur to you that it might be the other way round? That these toys might be marketed towards different genders because they naturally gravitate towards separate items and respond differently to certain types of behaviour? As surprising as it may seem, these different treatments of boys and girls are actually not part of one big conspiracy involving shops, parents teachers and shops amongst countless others. Do you really think that everyone and everything in society acts in a certain way just so we can assign different gender roles to the sexes?
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