Biological explanations of gender development

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Biological explanations of gender development

  • Emphasise the role of chromosomes and hormones in gender development (strongly support nature)
  • Human beings have evolved so that males and females posses different chromosomes that trigger the production of different hormones. Hormonal differences between the sexes lead to differences in behaviour

Female: XX

Male: XY

Atypical Chromosome Patterns

  • Atypical chromosomes occur naturally and they offer an insight into how gender develops

Individuals with Turners syndrome ( XO chromosome pattern) identify themselves as females and behave similar to females - this suggests feminine gender identity can develop in the absence of ovaries

Psychical Characteristics: No ovaries, do not menstruate, short webbed


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