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more on the brain and gender

In yesterday's post I featured an article dealing with brain differences between men and women. What I found most striking was the result that there was a great deal of structural overlap between the two sexes which might be suggestive of something we observe: namely that there is no such thing as a perfectly masculine man or feminine woman and we are actually dealing with a spectrum.

If anything, Dr. Joel helped bolster the idea that perfect alignment in brain structure along gender lines might not be possible.

Back in 1910, Magnus Hirschfeld hypothesized that gender identification could be found to exist along a spectrum rather than in a rigid binary. The overlap and even reversal in some areas of the brain might be physical evidence that he was correct.

Every day we encounter individuals who blur or even reject identification with their birth sex. To complicate matters further this reversal need not but can also include sexual orientation.

Human kind is indeed a complex mosaic that almost defies definition and as we break down strict social norms we begin to see just how varied it truly is.

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