Remember the silly sayings kids would tease each other with in kindergarten? Sayings such as, "Girls go to Jupiter to get more stupider, boys go to mars to get more candy bars." Even during childhood we knew that men and women are different. But just what is it that makes each gender so different from one another? Think about it, males and females breath, eat, and reproduce. Each has one heart, two lungs, two legs, two arms, one brain. So what is it exactly that makes each so different? Biological, environmental, and cognitive psychological sciences have broken down exactly what it is that makes men and women so alike and yet so different.
Molly Edmonds, a writer for How Stuff Works, has explored the realm of the brains in men and women. She has found that men's brains are actually bigger than those in women. The reasoning for this is not necessarily that men are smarter but that women have a bigger limbic cortex and frontal lobes which control problem solving, decision making, and emotions; hence the reason why women show emotions show much more than men do and are much more decisive. Men however, have bigger parietal lobes which involves space perception and the amygdala, this is responsible for sexual and social behavior (Edmonds 2). Women's brains are also more complexly set up and work faster than men's brains. Women think with white matter, this consists of more connections between the neurons. These neurons are also closely packed together; this explains why women think more complexly and faster (Edmonds 2).
Genetics plays a big role in almost everything that we are as living creatures. Genes influence everything from hair color to the way we act every day. They also influence biological differences in men and women. Men are born with an X chromosome and a Y chromosome; women are born with two X chromosomes. Genes that are found to be active on both X chromosomes are more apparent in a woman's personality or physical appearance ("Men and Women: The Differences are in the Genes" 2). The Penn State College of Medicine did a study on the different chromosomes in the men and women. The study found that genes found on the Y chromosome are absent in women, and genes that are expressed on the inactive X chromosome are expressed at 15 percent higher levels in females than in males.
Women are usually viewed as more moody than men, they express emotions more vibrantly. Hormones are a big part of this. Girls go through puberty much earlier than boys do, one of the reasons that girls mature more quickly and earlier. However these hormones also play a vital role in defining a man and a woman. Hormones in women such as estrogen help promote growth in secondary sex characteristics such as breasts. Woman also create testosterone but not nearly as much as men. The testosterone that men create contribute more to their sex drive than their characteristics. However, with estrogen women go through bodily life changes such as menopause that have pages of...