Date of Award

6-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Linda Gallahan

Subjects

Sex differences -- Evaluation, Gender identity -- Psychological aspects, Gender identity -- Social aspects, Essentialism (Philosophy)

DOI

10.15760/honors.36

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to reevaluate the binary constructs of sex and gender; and the biological and social influence these constructs have on males, females, and non-normative individuals. Throughout this examination, biological, specifically chromosomal and anatomical, differences between sexes will help foster a definition of sex. Psychological theories will then be examined, calculating the psychological and social factors surrounding gender. A reevaluation of gender constructs will shed light on previously held misconceptions about gender and help lay groundwork for non-normative gender acceptance in the future. Furthermore, the thesis will delve into gender aschematicity and potential benefits of gender aschematic concepts as a means of reevaluation of the gender constructs.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11158

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