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Psych 111, Week 7 Notes

by: Sara Auger

Psych 111, Week 7 Notes Psychology 111

Sara Auger
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These notes cover the Gender and Sexuality lecture(s).
Intro to Psychology II
Dr. Delawalla
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Psychology, Gender, sexuality




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Date Created: 10/06/16
Gender and Sexuality Monday, October 3, 2016 11:28 AM  "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus"  Overview: o Differences between men and women  Statistically significant?  Clinically significant?  A statistical way to look and see if something is significant is to look at an effect size o Small effect size: close to zero means two groups have a lot of overlap and any differences are very small o Large Effect size: larger means two groups are very different, little overlap o When we're talking about gender, we usually have very small effect sizes  The differences within gender (individuals) is much larger then differences between genders (groups)  Gender differences and similarities o Compared to men, women (as a group)  start puberty two years earlier  Live five years longer  70% more fat  40% less muscle  5 inches shorter  Express more emotion  Are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression  Less prone to autism, alcoholism, ADHD, antisocial personality, and suicide o Men and women have similar levels of intelligence and happiness  Gender and social communication o Women communicate more than men  More time with friends  More texts  Longer phone calls  But men and women speak about the same number of words per day, so what's the deal with the longer phone calls?  Listening? o We use social communication differently  Men state their opinions and offer solutions  Men speak about things and actions  Women seek input and explore relationships  Women speak more about people and feelings  Gender and Social Power o In most cultures, men are more likely to have social power  Positions controlling more people and resources  There are no cultures in which women dominate men (in that same way)  Some are more egalitarian  Men tend to act in more dominating ways than women  Often speak about opinions rather than offering support and inviting input as women do  Men behave more aggressively than women  These behaviors can be seen in childhood as well  When boys play, the focus is on the activity (basketball)  Male play is more competitive  Boys tend to dictate how the playtime will proceed in a mixed group  When girls play, focus tends to be on the connection and conversation  Female play is more social  Girls tend to invite feedback (when they're deciding what to do)  Is this nature or nurture?  There is some natural influence  Gender development? o Sex: the biologically influenced characteristics by which people define males or females o Gender: the physical, social, and behavioral characteristics that are culturally associated with male and female roles and identity  Gender Identity: the product of the interplay among biological dispositions, developmental experiences, and the current situation  The Biology of Gender o Biology doesn’t determine gender but it can influence is in two ways  Genetic: males and females have different sex chromosomes (XX or XY)  Physiological: males and females have differing concentrations of sex hormones  Hormones effect how body and brain develop  Prenatal sexual development:  Around 7th week: Y chromosome engages testes to develop and produce testosterone  Body Development  Primary sex characteristics: reproductive organs  Secondary sex characteristics: body hair, changing voice, boobs  Brain Differences (statistically significant)  In adulthood, women have thicker areas in a part of the frontal lobes that help with verbal fluency  There are also differences in the amygdala, hippocampus, and ratio of cell bodies to axons. o Correlation between biological development and gender identity  We don't know how much social influences have affect (does identifying as male or female cause those differences to develop?)  Gender Role: the Influence of Culture o Culture Influences gender roles  Gender schemas: the cognitive frameworks for developing concepts of "male" and "female"; these frameworks guide our observations  Social Learning Theory: we learn gender role behavior by imitation, and by rewards and punishments that shape our behavior  Gender Typing: the instinct which drives some children to fit into traditional gender roles (more inborn)  Sweden made an effort to integrate boys and girls with toys in catalogs  Canadian couple is trying to raise a genderless baby  Personality can influence gender identity (I'm a female, but I'm rebellious, so I wanna take on male characteristics.)  Variations in sexual development o Intersex Characteristics  Some people biologically develop with a combination of male and female physical characteristics, despite being genetically male or female.  Androgyny:  Displaying both traditionally masculine and feminine psychological characteristics  Transgender:  People whose gender identity or expression differs from that associated with their birth sex  Evolutionary Explanations of Gender Differences o Gender role division appears as an adaptation to the challenges faced by the ancestral humans in the EEA  Equipped with "instincts" that enabled our ancestors to survive and reproduce o Two sexes developed different strategies to ensure their survival and reproductive success  Men and women occupied different social roles  Men hunt, women mommy  This worked b/c women had breast milk and men didn't  Men also possess physical characteristics that make them better hunters  Traits are probably passed down genetically o Generally men (today)  Think more about sex than women  More likely to be okay with casual sex (b/c they evolutionarily want to pass down DNA  Tend to be attracted to younger females o Generally women (today)  Emotional and cognitive factors play a greater role in sexual response  Men with power and status are more attractive to women (if they're more selective they're more likely to have enough resources to survive) o Men and women employed different strategies for reproductive success  For men, there is a minimal cost for promiscuity and potentially great advantages  For women, reproductive costs are much higher o Men and women look for different qualities in mate  Women want someone who'll take care of her and the baby emotionally and materially  Men want someone with youth, which is related to fertility o Can evolution explain…  Why men behave with more dominant and aggressive ways?  Yes, bc in our EEA those things made men get more material resources  Greater resources led to better reproductive success  Why women are more egalitarian, support instead of solutions?  Traditional role of nurturing young children  Want to share responsibilities and resources of childcare o Evolutionary perspective explains the "nature" part  Universal, not specific to one person  Nature and nurture interact; as societies become more and more egalitarian, differences between men and women grow even smaller  Sexual Orientation o Not the same as gender identity o One's preferences as an object of sexual attraction; are you attracted to guys or girls or both or neither etc.  Identity typically emerges around puberty o How many people are exclusively homosexual?  3% men say yes  1-2% women say yes o How many people have engaged in "some same-sex behavior"  7% of men  16% of women o Sexuality is fluid  Even more so in women  Sexual Orientation and Mental Health o Homosexuality was considered as a psychological disorder until 40 years ago  Meant it had to be treated  People don't think this way anymore, but there's still some stigma  Puts you at greater risk for anxiety and mood disorders due to  Difficulty in finding a satisfying and loving relationship  Stress of discrimination and isolation  28 states don't offer protection against LGB employment discrimination  Think it is a conscious lifestyle choice, the wrong choice o Correlates of sexual orientation  LeVay did post mortem analyses on the brains of women, gay men, and straight men  Some in the sample had died of AIDS  LeVay was blind to sexual orientation  Results:  Small cluster of cells in the hypothalamus was different between straight men and gay men  Larger in men than in women  Larger in heterosexual than in homosexual men  Results have been replicated in another study of gay and straight men  Similar differences noted in gay and straight sheep  Might suggest biological or genetic link, but we don't know what causes what  Is sexual orientation genetic?  It does have a genetic basis  Evidence: homosexuality is seen in non-human species (swans, sheep, gulls, dolphins, monkeys)  Evidence: in fruit flies, a difference in one gene determines sexual orientation and behavior  Evidence: identical twins are more likely to be concordant on sexual orientation  Is sexual orientation environmental?  Partly; non-genetic factors also influence  Factors mostly in utero, not so much external  In mammals, if you expose female fetus to more than usual testosterone or male fetus to less than normal levels of testosterone, often grow up with:  Bodies, brains, and faces with traits of opposite sex  Sexual attraction expected of the opposite sex to one's own sex  In humans, sex hormones have an organizing effect on the brain around six months of gestation  Hormones that influence gender can also play a role in influencing sexual orientation  Identical twins who share 100% of genes aren't 100% concordant on sexual orientation  Can the evolutionary perspective explain… o Homosexual behavior?  Kin selection-- homosexuals help raise the young of their extended families  Not looking at today's society  People are more likely to share resources with family, so they're more likely to survive and they apparently have some kind of homosexual DNA  By-product  Human sexuality is not just functional but recreational  Bonobo (mammals) societies use sex (often homosexual sex) for social affiliation  They're prostituting themselves  Homosexual relations can let you use sex socially without the risk of pregnancy


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