ï»¿Gender Research: Exploring the Differences Between Men and Women
ByÂ Dr. Les ParrottÂ Â |Â Â Co-Author: Dr. Leslie ParrottÂ Â |Â Â Â Submitted On November 09, 2010
Have you ever wondered why a man can seemingly read a map blindfolded but can't find his own socks? The reason may be found in his genetic make-up. Gender research is discovering that men and women actually perceive reality differently. In one university experiment that tested the differences between men and women, students were blindfolded while an experimenter who served as a guide walked them through a complex maze of tunnels that run beneath campus buildings. After traversing this maze, women were asked to locate a ...view middle of the document...
In fact, women proved 70 percent better than men at recalling complex patterns formed by apparently random and unconnected items. One point for the women's side, but who's keeping score?
Insight into Modern Gender Research
In these gender research experiments and dozens of others like them, men and women consistently perform at different levels - sometimes men outperform women and sometimes vice-versa. Which is all to say that scientists are suddenly fast at work trying to account for the differences between men and women -- and what they're finding may surprise you.
Why are researchers just now exploring the differences between men and women? The reason can be traced to the 1970s when the feminist revolution nearly prohibited talk of inborn differences in the behavior of males and females. Pointing out distinctions between the sexes was simply off limits if you were a respectable researcher wanting to keep your job. Men dominated fields like architecture and engineering, it was argued, because of social, not hormonal, pressures. Women did the vast majority of society's child rearing because few other options were available to them. Once sexism was abolished, so the argument ran, the world would become perfectly equitable. But as hard as we tried to squelch our differences, the evidence for innate gender variance only began to mount and the differences between men and women have now become unavoidable. What's more, the differences are not exclusively relegated to how you were raised as a child and society's traditional stereotyping. The differences between men and women, gender research is discovering, may lie much deeper.
Understanding the Fundamental Differences between Men and Women
Gender research scientists have not ignored the ol' nature-nurture debate altogether, but they have come to accept that a few fundamental differences between men and women are apparently biological. It turns out that men and women's brains, for example, are not only different, but the way we...