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7/22/2014 11:58:02 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about gender differences. Recently I came across two (rather old) articles. One was about male and female brains and the differences in their activation of brain areas while people were thinking. (http://www.theatlantic.com...) The other was about how men and women have different brains because society puts pressure on them for their brains to develop this way. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk...)
I personally don't think the gender debate will be settled anytime soon, as there are a huge number of layers to it (e.g. how technical to get with the differences), but I wanted to ask, in your opinion, what value we can get from learning about the differences between genders, if any. I won't deny that there are differences between them in terms of biology, but the fact that we are still having this debate says that we have much more to learn.
One thing that bothers me about all this is that when we say "gender is a social construct," does that automatically mean that we should give up thinking about gender whatsoever? I find that even if we did decide that gender was something that should not factor in as a bias, it would be really difficult to step away from gender differences altogether (see reasons above). What are your thoughts about how we should work with gender? (yes, even if you think that gender is relative or doesn't/shouldn't exist!)
Also, I was wondering if anyone had any good book recommendations about gender roles. It's an ongoing topic, but I'd like to see where the field is currently going.