Nature vs. Nurture


Naturevs. Nurture

Genderdifferences among females and males is a current debate, which offersvaried arguments concerning whether the identities observed in genderare as a result of the life experiences that people go through, orfrom the genetic constitution of individuals. From diverse studies,it can be argued that gender distinctions are as a result of nurture(Bursztyn, 2011). This is because the society expects females andmales to behave differently under varied experiences. For instance,in a male-dominated society, life encounters are likely to set genderdistinctions. This is because there would be roles associated witheach gender. In such a society, it is feasible to understand genderidentities in terms of the responsibilities that they assume or thatthey are expected to take.

Fromthe article RaisingExpectations,there is the notion that being a male or female should be associatedwith certain tasks. For instance, there is a misperception that womenare not tough enough to take up the role of leadership (Siska, 2007).This results in a situation where males become preferred in assumingthe leadership positions. Therefore, in such a scenario, it would bedifficult for females to serve as managers due to nurture, whichwould give males a better opportunity in assuming the role. Thiswould set a gender distinction.

Also,from the article WhenGirls will be Boys,it is evident that the environment but not nature, is critical indetermining the gender identity of a person. This can be indicatedthrough Rey’s story. Although he was born being a girl, hesucceeded in identifying himself with the male gender (Quart, 2008).This indicates that gender identity is influenced by nurture ratherthan nature.


Bursztyn,A. (2011). Childhoodpsychological disorders: Current controversies.Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger.

Quart,A. (2008). When Girls will be Boys. TheNew York Times.

Siska,M.D. (2007). Raising Expectations: an organization seeks to improveleadership prospects for women at Jewish charities. TheChronicle of Philanthropy Managing.