Myths Of Gender: Biological Theories About Women And Men by Anne Fausto-Sterling

By Anne Fausto-Sterling

By way of rigorously reading the organic, genetic, evolutionary, and mental proof, a famous biologist reveals a stunning loss of substance in the back of principles approximately biologically dependent intercourse ameliorations. encompasses a new bankruptcy and in a while on fresh organic breakthroughs.</Div>

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Humans, like all vertebrates, are bilaterally symmetrical. Although our left and right sides represent approximate anatomical mirror images of one another, they are not equally competent at the many daily activities in which we engage. Each of us has a particular hand and foot preference, using one side of the body more skillfully than the other to, among other things, kick a football, throw a baseball, write, or eat. Such functional asymmetry provides one tangible measure of a complex and poorly understood division of labor between the two sides of the brain.

53 Why boys might be more practiced is anyone's guess, but since young boys and girls have quite different play experiences, one can at least construct a plausible hypothesis. Traditional male games such as model construction, block building, and playing catch might playa key role in developing visual-spatial skills, yet the relationship between play activities and the acquisition of spatial abilities has received scant attention from the research community. Studies done on older children also reveal that three-dimensional visual skills can be learned.

Not cited in current Iiterature. b 1972 Buffery and Gray' Female brains are more lateralized than male brainsi greater lateralization interferes with spatial functions. No evidencei not currently an important view. 1972 Levy-" Female brains are less lateralized than male brains, less lateralization interferes with spatial functions. Currently in VOguei dominates the field despite a number of cogent critiquesi no strong supporting evidence. 1973 Bock and Kolakowski' Supplements Stafford's theory.

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