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How are boys different to girls?

How are boys different to girls?
Beth Watson from County Durham, Carrieann Ballard from Cumbria (Aged 5-14)


2 Responses

  1. How boys are different to girls comes down to the differences in their genetics.

    If you look at the DNA inside the nuclei of the cells of boys and the cells of girls you can see some differences. The DNA within cells are organised into chromosomes and if you look at these structures you can see both boys and girls have 22 chromosomes (or autosomes) and 2 sex chromosomes. However the sex chromosomes are both X chromosomes in girls and in boys there is one X chromosome and one Y chromosome.

    Therefore the Y chromosome is the difference between a girl and a boy.

    Jenny Beard – the BA

  2. Hi Jenny :).
    Great answer !! Fundamentally it is our chemical structure which provides the foundation for the essential differences between boys and girls and we thank heaven for the latter! Nurture and experience plus the redirection we all are exposed to from others impinge on our psychology as it develops and I would suggest that our gender imposes some predilection on our choice of pursuits and how we react to stimuli. Sociological structure within our communities affects us all but not alike and again our gender broadly determines what we are likely to make of it. Equal opportunities don’t inevitably lead to equally probable outcomes and many would say “ Vivre la difference”. Hence the generalisations about ‘typical’ behaviour patterns.
    We strive to be unbiased individuals but to what degree each of us succeeds is, I believe, not a unisexual matter. Obviously the age group addressed dictates the structure of the conversation but I think that to imply that the differences observed between ‘boys and girls’ are explained only by our biochemical blueprint oversimplifies the answer and the reality of life as we share in it. Still – it is fascinating food for thought and completely objective to view our differences from a microscope.
    Good to communicate with you. I am learning so much from reading the questions and answers on this site. I think that this forum is inspirational! Thanks 

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