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Male Gender Identity and Masculine Behavior: the Role of Sex Hormones
in Brain Development

From studies in both clinical and non-clinical samples, it seems safe to infer that prenatal exposure to androgens influence certain male gender role behaviors. Not only 46,XY but also 46,XX individuals who are exposed to high levels of testosterone, exhibit behaviors that are typically attributed to males. With regard to gender identity, we cannot draw similar
conclusions with the same level of confidence.
Elevated percentages of gender dys phoria have been found in 46,XX individuals with known exposure to atypical levels of androgens, but there is not a one-to-one relationship between such exposure and gender identity problems. Also, in individuals with a gender identity that does not correspond to their natal sex, there are indications of exposure to atypical levels of sex hormones. However, these results again do not point to a one-to-one relationship between gender identity and prenatal sex hormone levels. With regard to male development, it seems likely, on the basis of the current evidence, that sex hormones, androgens in particular, lay important groundwork for gender development. Prenatal androgens result in male-appearing genitals at birth. As a result, the envi ronment
will consider the child as a boy and treat him likewise. Prenatal brain exposure to androgens also results in various male- typical behaviors. The developing boy will consider (male genitals) and label himself ( cognitive
development) as a boy, choose male models and increasingly create his own social environment. If all these factors (body/ genitals, perception of the environment, selfperception, behaviors, and preferences) work in accordance with each other and reinforce each other, there seems to be no other possible outcome in adulthood than a firmly established male gender identity and correspond ing male behavior patterns, including sexuality. However, when some of these elements work for some reason against a male pathway, it is likely that the adult will have a gender variant identity and/or show gender variant behaviors and preferences

The Distance Between Mars and Venus: Measuring Global Sex Differences in Personality

Sex differences in personality are believed to be comparatively small. However, research in this area has suffered from significant methodological limitations. We advance a set of guidelines for overcoming those limitations: (a) measure personality with a higher resolution than that afforded by the Big Five; (b) estimate sex differences on latent factors; and (c) assess global sex differences with multivariate effect sizes. We then apply these guidelines to a large, representative adult sample, and obtain what is presently the best estimate of global sex differences in personality.
Methodology/Principal Findings
Personality measures were obtained from a large US sample (N = 10,261) with the 16PF Questionnaire. Multigroup latent variable modeling was used to estimate sex differences on individual personality dimensions, which were then aggregated to yield a multivariate effect size (Mahalanobis D). We found a global effect size D = 2.71, corresponding to an overlap of only 10% between the male and female distributions. Even excluding the factor showing the largest univariate ES, the global effect size was D = 1.71 (24% overlap). These are extremely large differences by psychological standards.
The idea that there are only minor differences between the personality profiles of males and females should be rejected as based on inadequate methodology.


Androgen and psychosexual development: Core gender identity, sexual orientation, and recalled childhood gender role behavior in women and men with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)

We assessed core gender identity, sexual orientation, and recalled childhood gender role behavior in 16 women and 9 men with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and in 15 unaffected female and 10 unaffected male relatives, all between the ages of 18 and 44 years. Women with CAH recalled significantly more male‐typical play behavior as children than did unaffected women, whereas men with and without CAH did not differ. Women with CAH also reported significantly less satisfaction with the female sex of assignment and less heterosexual interest than did unaffected women. Again, men with CAH did not differ significantly from unaffected men in these respects. Our results for women with CAH are consistent with numerous prior reports indicating that girls with CAH show increased male‐typical play behavior. They also support the hypotheses that these women show reduced heterosexual interest and reduced satisfaction with the female sex of assignment. Our results for males are consistent with most prior reports that boys with CAH do not show a general alteration in childhood play behavior. In addition, they provide initial evidence that core gender identity and sexual orientation are unaffected in men with CAH. Finally, among women with CAH, we found that recalled male‐typical play in childhood correlated with reduced satisfaction with the female gender and reduced heterosexual interest in adulthood. Although prospective studies are needed, these results suggest that those girls with CAH who show the greatest alterations in childhood play behavior may be the most likely to develop a bisexual or homosexual orientation as adults and to be dissatisfied with the female sex of assignment.


Prenatal hormones and childhood sex-segregation: Playmate and play style preferences in girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia

We investigated playmate and play style preference in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) (26 females, 31 males) and their unaffected siblings (26 females, 17 males) using the Playmate and Play Style Preferences Structured Interview (PPPSI). Both unaffected boys and girls preferred same-sex playmates and sex-typical play styles. In the conflict condition where children chose between a same-sex playmate engaged in an other-sex activity or an other-sex playmate engaged in a same-sex activity, boys (both CAH and unaffected brothers) almost exclusively chose playmates based on the preferred play style of the playmate as opposed to the preferred gender label of the playmate. By contrast, unaffected girls used play style and gender label about equally when choosing playmates. Girls with CAH showed a pattern similar to that of boys: their playmate selections were more masculine than unaffected girls, they preferred a boy-typical play style and, in the conflict condition, chose playmates engaged in a masculine activity. These findings suggest that prenatal androgen exposure contributes to sex differences in playmate selection observed in typically-developing children, and that, among boys and girls exposed to high levels of androgens prenatally, play style preferences drive sex segregation in play.


Discordant Sexual Identity in Some Genetic Males with Cloacal Exstrophy Assigned to Female Sex at Birth


Cloacal exstrophy is a rare, complex defect of the entire pelvis and its contents that occurs during embryogenesis and is associated with severe phallic inadequacy or phallic absence in genetic males. For about 25 years, neonatal assignment to female sex has been advocated for affected males to overcome the issue of phallic inadequacy, but data on outcome remain sparse.


We assessed all 16 genetic males in our cloacal-exstrophy clinic at the ages of 5 to 16 years. Fourteen underwent neonatal assignment to female sex socially, legally, and surgically; the parents of the remaining two refused to do so. Detailed questionnaires extensively evaluated the development of sexual role and identity, as defined by the subjects‘ persistent declarations of their sex.


Eight of the 14 subjects assigned to female sex declared themselves male during the course of this study, whereas the 2 raised as males remained male. Subjects could be grouped according to their stated sexual identity. Five subjects were living as females; three were living with unclear sexual identity, although two of the three had declared themselves male; and eight were living as males, six of whom had reassigned themselves to male sex. All 16 subjects had moderate-to-marked interests and attitudes that were considered typical of males.Follow-up ranged from 34 to 98 months.


Routine neonatal assignment of genetic males to female sex because of severe phallic inadequacy can result in unpredictable sexual identification. Clinical interventions in such children should be reexamined in the light of these findings.

Biological limits of gender construction.

A biosocial theory of gender is constructed on both the macro and micro levels. A micro-model of within-sex differences among females integrates the biological model current in primatology with the prevailing social science model. It shows how sex differences in hormone experience from gestation to adulthood shape gendered behavior (that is, behavior that differs by sex). On the macro level, this model also illustrates how socialization and environment shape gendered behavior. It then demonstrates how hormone experiences can facilitate or dampen the effects of socialization and environment on gendered behavior. Data were analyzed from a sample of 163 White women who were studied from before they were born to the end of their 3rd decade. Results show that prenatal androgen exposures from the 2nd trimester affected gendered behavior, but not exposures from the 1st or 3rd trimesters. Further, the basic hormone model shows that in this sample, mothers‘ prenatal hormones had an effect on the gendered behavior of the Ss 3 decades later. The author speculates about the constraints placed by biology on the social reconstruction of gender.

Men and Things, Women and People: A Meta-Analysis of Sex Differences in Interests

The magnitude and variability of sex differences in vocational interests were examined in the present meta-analysis for Holland’s (1959, 1997) categories (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional), Prediger’s (1982) Things–People and Data–Ideas dimensions, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) interest areas. Technical manuals for 47 interest inventories were used, yielding 503,188 respondents. Results showed that men prefer working with things and women prefer working with people, producing a large effect size (d 0.93) on the Things–People dimension. Men showed stronger Realistic (d 0.84) and Investigative (d 0.26) interests, and women showed stronger Artistic (d 0.35), Social (d 0.68), and Conventional (d 0.33) interests. Sex differences favoring men were also found for more specific measures of engineering (d 1.11), science (d 0.36), and mathematics (d 0.34) interests. Average effect sizes varied across interest inventories, ranging from 0.08 to 0.79. The quality of interest inventories, based on professional reputation, was not differentially related to the magnitude of sex differences. Moderators of the effect sizes included interest inventory item development strategy, scoring method, theoretical framework, and sample variables of age and cohort. Application of some item development strategies can substantially reduce sex differences. The present study suggests that interests may play a critical role in gendered occupational choices and gender disparity in the STEM fields.

Und noch ein paar nur als Links:

(Aus diesem Video)

Sex differences in personality/cognition:
Lynn (1996):
Lippa (2008):
Lippa (2010):
Weisberg (2011):
Del Giudice (2012):

Larger/large and stable sex differences in more gender-neutral countries: (These findings run precisely contrary to social constructionist theory: it’s been tested, and it’s wrong).

Katz-Gerrog (2000):
Costa (2001):
Schmitt (2008):
Schmitt (2016):

Differences in men and women’s interest/priorities:
Lippa (1998):
Rong Su (2009):
Lippa (2010):
See also Geary (2017) blog:

Life paths of mathematically gifted females and males:
Lubinski (2014):

Sex differences in academic achievement unrelated to political, economic, or social equality:
Stoet (2015):

Big Five trait agreeableness and (lower) income (including for men):
Spurk (2010):
Judge (2012):

The general importance of exposure to sex-linked steroids on fetal and then lifetime development:
Hines (2015)

Exposure to prenatal testosterone and interest in things or people (even when the exposure is among females):
Berenbaum (1992):
Beltz (2011):
Baron-Cohen (2014):
Hines (2016):

Primarily biological basis of personality sex differences:
Lippa (2008):
Ngun (2010):

Status and sex: males and females
Perusse (1993):
Perusse (1994):
Buss (2008):
de Bruyn (2012):

Personality and political belief:
Gerber (2010):
Hirsh (2010):
Gerber (2011):
Xu (2013):
Burton (2015):
Bakker (2016):

Occupations by gender:

Problems with the measurement and concept of unconscious bias:
Fielder (2006):
Blanton (2009): (this one is particularly damning)

Microaggressions: Strong claims, weak evidence:
Lilienfeld (2017):

Doris Bischof-Köhler
Von Natur aus anders
Müssen Mädchen erst zur Frau erzogen werden? Sind Männer Produkte einer patriarchalen Ideologie? Ist die Zweigeschlechtlichkeit eine Erfindung unserer Gesellschaft? Oder umgekehrt: Sind wir willenlose Sklaven unserer Chromosomen und Hormone? Kaum ein Thema ist ähnlich anfällig für Fiktionen und Vorurteile, Regulierungseifer und Denkverbote. Die Autorin, durch ihren wissenschaftlichen Werdegang einer interdisziplinären Sichtweise verpflichtet, analysiert die aktuelle Befundlage zur Frage der Geschlechtsunterschiede aus einer Synopse kulturwissenschaftlicher, entwicklungspsychologischer und evolutionsbiologischer Perspektiven und bringt dabei brisante Themen der Genderproblematik vertieft zur Sprache. Für die 5. Auflage wurde das Standardwerk insgesamt neu überarbeitet.

David C. Geary
Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences
In diesem Buch wird die Wissenschaft über die Evolution der menschlichen Geschlechtsunterschiede bewertet, einschließlich der Frage, wie sich Männer und Frauen in modernen Kontexten unterscheiden. David Geary beschreibt, wie sich Männer und Frauen auf der Grundlage evolutionärer Prinzipien unterscheiden, wie die menschlichen Geschlechtsunterschiede denen anderer Arten ähneln und wie die Ausprägung dieser Unterschiede einzigartig menschlich ist.

Carole K. Hooven
T wie Testosteron
Es ist wissenschaftlich erwiesen, dass Testosteron eine potente Kraft in unserer Gesellschaft ist, die die Geschlechter voneinander unterscheidet. Wie die Evolutionsbiologin Carole Hooven zeigt, sorgt das Hormon für viele verschiedene  männliche und weibliche Verhaltensweisen. Aber auch wenn viele Geschlechtsunterschiede in der Biologie begründet sind, lassen sich davon nicht zwingend restriktive Geschlechternormen oder patriarchalische Werte ableiten. Hooven beschreibt das komplexe Zusammenspiel zwischen Genen, Hormonen, sozialem Umfeld und Erfahrungen, das uns zu dem macht, was wir sind. Dabei deckt Hooven wirkungsvoll falsche oder irreführende Annahmen über Testosteron auf.

Axel Meyer
Adams Apfel und Evas Erbe
Wie die Gene unser Leben bestimmen und warum Frauen anders sind als Männer
Wie funktioniert die genetische Lotterie des Lebens? Was ist typisch für Männer, was ist typisch für Frauen? Warum verhalten wir uns so, wie wir es tun? Warum haben wir die gleichen Talente wie der Vater oder die gleichen Charaktereigenschaften wie die Großmutter? Wo endet die Macht der Gene, und was lässt sich durch Ernährung, Erziehung und Kultur ändern? Der Evolutionsbiologe Axel Meyer beschäftigt sich mit den »heißen Eisen« der Genforschung und erläutert, was zu Themen wie Geschlecht vs. Gender, Intelligenz, Homosexualität und ethnischen Unterschieden bekannt ist. Provokant, anschaulich und auf aktuellem Forschungsstand zeigt er auf, wie stark uns Gene bestimmen. Dieses Buch regt zum Denken und Diskutieren an – es ist von hoher gesellschaftlicher Relevanz

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