Is culture behind differences in gender?
In the long-running debate over the differences between men and women, one mental skill has emerged as being perhaps more biologically rooted than any other: the ability to solve problems involving physical spaces, shapes, or forms. Many studies have concluded that men simply seem to have an inherent advantage in this area. But a new study of two tribes in Northern India is suggesting that the gender gap we see in spatial skills may be partially due to culture rather than raw biology. This finding may affect the way researchers look at gender differences, but it will surely not settle the question, considering that it’s one study of a small group of people living in one limited environment.
This study does not settle the issue, but it suggests what I believe to be the case: that culture and upbringing are far larger contributors to gender differences than genetics.
i have great spatial problem-solving skills. i’ll pack things for you no problem.