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Arthanari Chandrasekaran

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Strange questions that humans have not yet found an answer for!

We all have a unique course of action through out our day. Many of the conversation along with our friends or some that we hear from others talking at times surprise us and gets our brain thinking, but only to later ignore saying this might be beyond human reach. Have you come across any such question through your brain or from others which you think humans have not yet explored or researched or any unanswerable question?

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  • Aug 1 2012: Gender?? ( not one's physical sex or even one's DNA but the feeling, experience or internal knowing of one's personal gender [that may or may not reflect one's body])



    So ... What (and who[society,self,medical experts]) have the right to determine one's Gender??

    Is Gender a Social Construct?? Is Gender Genetic?? (Both?? Niether??)
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      Aug 1 2012: I think you go a little too deep at one point in your question. Gender is very much genetically determined and comes with certain physical aspects.
      I think mainly what you wanted to ask was about the things we associate with gender, i.e females wear dresses and put on lipstick whereas males generally don't etc etc. I think these are mainly social constructs created a long time ago.
      • Aug 1 2012: The genetics and physiology of gender is very complicated. Research has shown that "gender dysphoria (the belief that one's ‘true’ or ‘core’ gender identity is the opposite of both chromosomal sex and bodily habitus) " is associated with a very specific area of the brain. You might want look at this article:

        http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/131/12/3115.long

        Also, hormones, chiefly testosterone, play a major role, and anything that affects the delivery of testosterone to the cells can have a huge impact. There is a genetic condition called Androgen insensitivity syndrome. At the extreme, every cell in the body cannot absorb any testosterone at all. When a genetic male has this condition, the result is a very voluptuous female body, without the inner female genitalia. You can imagine that there must be a whole spectrum of problems and symptoms associated with this syndrome.

        When I was growing up there were males, females and freaks. (Please don't take offense, I am not suggesting you think this way.) I am hoping to live in a society of people who accept people for who they are, and understand that we are all complicated. I think it makes life much more interesting too.
        • Aug 5 2012: Nice reply Barry ... thanks

          And thumbs up to this! "I am hoping to live in a society of people who accept people for who they are, and understand that we are all complicated. I think it makes life much more interesting too."
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        Aug 5 2012: How can one go too deep with their own question? The question is whatever it is within you. If it is too deep for someone else - so be it.
    • Aug 4 2012: As stated before, the gender of a person is determined by chromosomes randomly before birth. This is the basis of biological gender, which gives people the usual feelings, desires, and attributes associated with their gender (males tend to be more aggressive because of higher levels of testosterone while women enjoy bonding with others more because of higher levels of a neurotransmitter known as oxytocin). So biology mostly determines the physical and mental attributes associated with gender. However, environment probably also plays a role. I think people's perception of their gender is modified by the way others see them, relating to the concept of "the looking glass self." Maybe for example, men who excel at sports and can easily attract females will see themselves as very masculine while more shy men might have a lesser feeling of being masculine, but this is only a slight modification of their actual gender. I don't think very many people can be convinced that they are of the opposite gender from their interactions with other people, it doesn't seem likely to me.

      Also, some people might have hormonal imbalances which cause them to act differently for their gender. I think gender is a conglomerate of multiple factors, but is mostly determined by genetics.

      But you never know!
      • Aug 5 2012: thanks for the thoughtful response George

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