Biology of gender

A couple of days ago I posted about not getting stuck for yourself at the why, if that is pushing you down. I am thankful however, some very bright people dedicate their lives to figure out how our body works.

I came across this talk by biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu at TedWomen 2018. Her wonderful, at times emotional, talk about how gender works, and how DNA activity can change, is enlightening. It gave me answers about why I feel what I feel.


2 thoughts on “Biology of gender”

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Liv, because I’m struggling with the same questions.
    I must say however, that I have difficulties with some key parts of the message here. I keep on reading that brain scientists are not able to tell a female brain from a male brain based on a brain scan…
    which doesn’t mean that I don’t think there is a biological cause for who we are. There is e.g. this well-known tendency for having a higher risk of getting a homosexual child if the child has several older brothers. A possible explanation is the depletion of testosterone in the womb with every other pregnancy (although testosterone as an influencer of gender is also currently under debate). As a third child, I sometimes wonder whether that explains (partly) my femininity.
    A perspective that I like to take lately is accepting that “man” and “woman” are social constructs (there’s consensus on this among scientists), and that people like us feel more home in the construct of “woman”. Why that is? I don’t know yet, and probably there is some explanation in my DNA and how it determined who I am.
    My apologies for the long comment. It’s just that a lot of thoughts emerged after watching the video.
    Take care,


    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I love how you take time and reflect.

      I wanted to share it, as it might give some insights. To my knowledge there is no conclusive information on the why.

      Although I understand how it might help to have scientific validation, it doesn’t change what we feel. When I surrendered and accepted who I am, it felt as a huge release. Whether is it chemistry, DNA, brainwaves, I don’t know, but I do know I feel free, happy, complete, true and at home, when I can express the woman within.

      I worry that if you make the why too important you can get caught up in it. Independent of the scientific information, listen to your feelings, listen to what makes you feel good. You know what makes you happy. Find a way to live it.

      Hope this makes sense.



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