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PSY 265 Gender Identity Brandy Travis 2/28/2010
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Gender identity is the psychological awareness or sense in women and men of being male or female. Gender Identity is considered an important part of each individual’s self- concept and is the most obvious. There are special cases where the anatomic sex and gender identity are not the same. An individual’s gender identity will match the actual sex of the human being. Gender assignment is an individual’s anatomic sex at birth. The awareness of Gender is normally developed by 18 months. Gender identity matches the gender of an individual but in some cases it doesn’t. Interactions between biological and psychosocial factors are what scientists believe determine gender identity. Gender is the psychological sense of being female or being male and the roles society ascribes to gender (Boston, 2005). Our anatomy is what determines our sex but gender is based on anatomy, psychology, and culture and even tradition. Genes have a huge role when it comes to gender identity. A sex determining gene is a gene that develops within female fruit flies. (Boston, 2005) Chromosomal female fruit flies with the gene inactive attempt to mate with other female fruit flies but are still appealing to male fruit flies because of the pheromones they put out. Like fruit flies, human sexual differentiation, sexual orientation, and sexual behavior are
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2010 for the course PSY/240 PSY/240 taught by Professor Axiacollege during the Spring '07 term at University of Phoenix.

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