Gender confusion, a modern dilemma

Since the beginning of time the human race has been defined as either male or female. Today some people now think there are over 100 genders. What’s changed to usher in such delusions?

The Hill and Lynch (1983) gender intensification hypothesis states that beginning in adolescence, girls and boys face increased pressure to conform to culturally sanctioned gender roles. These pressures come from a variety of sources that convey messages about appropriate gender roles, such as parents, peers, educators, and the media. A number of psychosocial and biological studies indicate that these factors influence gender identity formation.

Gender attitudes are affected by factors at the individual, family, peer, and societal levels, as well as by community engagement. Findings have shown that it is possible to shift gender attitudes. Factors that influenced gender role attitudes differed for younger and older adolescents, particularly among boys. Children are encouraged either through explicit teaching, through modeling, or through subtle encouragement of certain behaviors by socialization agents, to adopt gender-role consistent behaviors. Gender expression behaviors emerge from interactions between the person and their environment and larger culture and is influenced by the specific context and by societal expectations.

Emotion isn’t something within an individual but is shaped by in-the-moment interactions with the environment as shown in research in the developmental literature of Social constructionist theorists. Findings suggest that identity is an important source of value to adolescents, and this can be leveraged in decision-making. Teens’ have a biological need for social connection. That combined with their heightened sensitivity to rewards, is an underlying factor in teen-led activism, on things such as climate change, racial justice, gun control and the acceptance of non-scientific or biologically based genders.…/07/feature-neuroscience-teen-brain

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