Parenting: Sex Typing


Scriptures which address sex-typing

I Cor. 11:14, 15 Gen 1:26, 27 Gen 2:18-25 It's interesting here that the male is described as "clinging" to his wife.ÿ This is hardly a male-appropriate term.ÿ But the term (dabaq) really does mean "longing," or "needing," or "craving."ÿ It is a term of dependance, where the individual realizes his need for her.ÿ I consider this passage to be very interesting in light of some of the research on male sex-typing in our culture. On the other hand, this same passage talks about the woman being a "helper."ÿ We could give examples of when this word is used, for example as an assistant in battle or to a task.ÿ The complete phrase is, "a helper who will be equal to him," or "a helper would will be appropriate for him." I don't know frankly what-all is involved in being a helper.ÿ Maybe we can define that later.

Infancy: Prior to socialization

Human neonatal behavior indicates some sex differences in activity level and in reactiveiy to a variety of stimuli.ÿ For example, sex differences occur in infants' responses to facial stimuli during the first year of life (Lewis, 1969).ÿ Girls vocialized and smiled more and showed greater differential expression to the facial stimuli, although boys looked longer.ÿ At age two to three months, girls are more sensitive to skin exposure than boys (Wolff, 1965).ÿ Newborn females seem to react more to the removal of a covering blanket, and show lower htresholds to air-jet stimulation of the abdomen (Bell & Costellow, 1964).ÿ Newborn boys raise their heads higher than newborn girls do (Bell & Darling, 1965), and ther are also sex differences in infant play behavior (Goldberg & Lewis, 1969).[1]



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