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I think gender becomes a fundamental part of our self identification and hence our relationship to others.  It is something we learn "at our mother's knee," long before we have any rational conception of what it means.  I'm not sure there is any way around it.  For good or ill, it colors everything else about us.

I remember Daneel.  I had a clear conception of "him" as a male.  I don't know if Asimov intended that, but I never doubted it.  On the other hand, I can imagine someone who hasn't read Asimov thinking otherwise.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 12:25:26 PM EST
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The Mind influences the body and the body influences the Mind.  

Certainly some gender roles are learned but there are physiological differences as well from maintaining of body homeostasis to higher cognitive functioning that also predicate gender roles.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 01:34:33 AM EST
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