How we inherit masculine and feminine behaviours: a new idea about environment and genes

  1. Cordelia FineProfessor, History & Philosophy of Science program, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
  2. Daphna JoelProfessor, School of Psychological Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University
  3. John DupreDirector of Egenis, Professor (Philosophy of Science), University of Exeter

A 2017 post

The now infamous Google memo, written by engineer James Damore, has inflamed longstanding debates about the differences between women and men.

Everyone, including Damore, acknowledges the role of our social environment in shaping gender differences. Ideas about which jobs are “women-appropriate”, the pressures placed on men to take up “manly” roles – these experiences, expectations and opportunities can impact how we perform our gender.

But it is commonly believed that biological differences between the sexes create average differences in behaviour that even equal environments won’t overcome.

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