Date:Thursday Aril 11th
Biology vs. Society:A Look at Gender Behaviors
When examining human diversity in the United States or any other society, it is important to first understand the criteria commonly used for making group distinctions. There are many ways in which diversity and complexity can be explained. These generally are based on society and/or biological factors.Deborah Blum(born October 19,1954),a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist,and professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-madison.In her article ,"The Gender Blur:Where Does Biology End and Society Take Over?",Blum believes that biology plays a larger role then what is commonly believed in gender development. She said"gender roles of our culture reflect an underlying biology"(679).However,one cultural critic,Morton Jefferson,disagrees with Blum.He argues that"Blum really believes that gender behavior is natural and based in biology...Society and culture do much more than biology in determining how men and women behave."Eventhough,both biology and society have great influence on how males and females behave in their role,the biology influences our behavior, and the society amplifies it. In Gender Blur's article,she is explaining the sex difference or behavior that a person undergoes in everyday life. Her thesis is how a person's childhood can reflect how they will become when they are adults. This shapes their behavior and character of being an adult. She describes her own childhood, where she had two individual presents that are thought, in society, to be for a girl or a girl. She receives things that clash such as a Barbie doll and a softball glove. Barbie dolls are meant to be delicate and more girlish, where as a softball glove is more rugged or active and more boyish. This gave her both different opportunities to be more girly or boyish. Blum analyzes the difference between the characteristics of a boy and a...