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Aela 57
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The question might seem a bit basic but, are there differences between men and women, biologically? Usual suggestions being women being more in touch with their emotions, men being more focussed on sex etc.

Thanks for any replies!


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Well, there have been a whole lot of suggestions of that sort made over the years.

But as far as I'm aware, there's minimal solid evidence for there being any mental/emotional differences between the genders that are "hard-wired" (and not the result of social pressures and conditioning).

And as a practical point, even the researchers who do think there are hard-wired differences see it in terms of broad trends. Even if, for example, women tended on the whole to be more concerned than men with emotional connections, that would still leave room for plenty of women with no interest in emotional connections, and plenty of men who were very interested in emotional connections. And those individuals would be perfectly "normal" too, even if they didn't fit the trend.

So you couldn't use generalizations of that sort to predict the behaviour of any given individual.

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I have to agree. There has not been any evidence presented to honestly suggest that masculine or feminine behavior in humans is biological. Most of the behaviors appear to stem from societal influences.

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