(Original post by jape)
It's a delusion either way. Social Constructionism arguably makes more sense than idea that all of the physical implications of biological sex just stop at the neck.
my friend, I don't want to disagree with you because I often like your comments but I am going to take an exception here. Let me tell you that it is only a delusion when you are uninformed in human anatomy and physiology.
"Common sense tells us that boys and girls behave differently. We see it every day at home, on the playground, and in classrooms. But what the culture hasn’t told us is that the brain dictates these divergent behaviors. The impulses of children are so innate that they kick in even if we adults try to nudge them in another direction. One of my patients gave her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter many unisex toys including a bright red fire truck instead of a doll. She walked into her daughter’s room one afternoon to find her cuddling the truck in a baby blanket, rocking it back and forth, saying, ‘Don’t worry, little truckie, everything will be all right.
This isn’t socialization. The little girl didn’t cuddle her ‘truckie’ because her environment moulded her unisex brain. There is no unisex brain. She was born with a female brain, which came complete with its own impulses. Girls arrive already wired as girls, and boys arrive already wired as boys. Their brains are different by the time they’re born, and their brains are what drive their impulses, values, and their very reality."
Eminent neuropsychiatrist, Louann Brizendine M.D.
Louann Brizendine is a world renowned researcher in the human brain. She subscribes to feminism. Early in her career she set out to prove the theory that gender was a social construct but instead wound up proving the opposite. I encourage people to read her book 'The Female Brain'
from which I took the quotation I quoted above as well as the following:
"In writing this book I have struggled with two voices in my head – one is the scientific truth, the other is political correctness. I have chosen to emphasize scientific truth over political correctness even though scientific truths may not always be as welcome."
If anyone wants other medical sources/interesting reads for this subject area let me know. I also want to credit Mike Buchanan's "Feminism the Ugly Truth" for guiding me to this book.