Basically a discussion of if people think differences between genders (rather than the obvious, like women give birth, men can't. Women have periods, men don't. Men have weak spot that makes them cry like babies, women don't) if you find they're true or not. And if so are they the result of biological influence where genders vary because "That's just how they are" and it's in our very gene's and DNA? Or is it more culture based, where if culture didn't have such preconceptions on how certain genders must behave/act that men and women would be far more similar than we find them being today.
I'm personally of the belief that it's largely Cultural based.
Now, to reference the age old debate of Nature vs Nurture. When it comes to you being made as an individual I an 50/50. I believe we are as much made up by our genetics, and DNA than we are by how we're raised.
It is why you will still find atheists in towns of die hard christian's. It's why you'll find people dying to be artists, dancers, musicians, teachers when their parents may be pushing them to be doctors or scientists.
It is why when you have a very friendly and calm couple their child may be running off the walls active.
But when it comes to what divides/separate's men from women I find it to be mostly nurture.
That's not to say very masculine men and feminine women wouldn't exist without cultural pressure, they still would. But it would be less common than it is today.
I am of a strong belief that a lot more men and women if raised neutral and not under assumptions like "Men are more active, hyper, aggressive. Boys all like pokemon, power rangers, trucks, dinosaurs" and "Women are more calm, social, polite, mature. Girls all like barbies, make-up, tea parties" that differences we find between the genders would be far smaller. People would much more easily be able to grow and act as just 'People' and not a 'Boy' or a 'Girl' is culture did not expect and raise them act and behave certain ways.
And I think most studies that try to claim "No, genders are just different like that" are overlooking two things.
1) Minds are far more open to suggestion and influence at younger ages so by the time the studies got their hands on the child to test with they were too raised under certain mindsets to be re-written by the researchers.
2) Unconsciously, bias's still slip in. Pink for girls, blue for boys. Playing a bit more rough with the boys. Where they are still being biast in how children.
So, yea. That's my view on it in a nutshell and I can try to expand and elaborate more on certain areas if asked.
What do you others think about gender differences?