Gender Identity Disorder

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Gender identity is a person’s sense of being either male or female. When a person’s gender identity does not coordinate with one’s biological sex, or chromosomal makeup, that person is said to suffer from Gender Identity Disorder (Crooks & Baur, 2007). Between the two biological genders, females with the XX chromosomal makeup and males with XY, there is said to be little difference to predict how an individual will perform on a task because the differences within each gender is greater than differences between each gender (Collear & Hines, 1995; Oliver & Hyde, 1993). Biological Processes Before the differentiation of gonads occur around six weeks following conception, males and females have the same tissue (Santrock, 2007). The sex of the…show more content…
When a man becomes sexually aroused, the spongy tissue of the penis shaft is infused with blood and causes it to become erect (Crooks & Baur, 2009). Although not always linked to orgasm, men experience ejaculation when they release semen, a combination of sperm and fluids that help sustain the sperm. The prostate gland produces the fluids sperm need to live and the seminal vesicles provide the nourishing fluids. During ejaculation, the urine flow is obstructed. The sperm remain in a long coiled tube near the back of the testicle known as the epididymis until they mature (“Lecture 2,” 2015). Once matured, the sperm travel to the urethra via the vas deferens. Conversely, women have an internal canal known as the vagina (birth canal) that connect the outer genitalia to the cervix. Surrounding the outside of the vagina are external lips known as the labia majora and labia minora. Along the vaginal openings are the Bartholin glans that secrete mucus. The clitoris is very sensitive to stimulation. The uterus (womb) is the cervix at the base and main corpus that expands to sustain a pregnancy. Unfertilized eggs are stored in the two hormone producing ovaries. Women are born with a million eggs, have 300,000 after puberty, and only 300 to 400 eggs will ovulate in a lifetime (“Lecture 2,” 2015). Those eggs travel from the ovaries to the uterus via the fallopian tubes. Fertilized eggs stick and implant into the

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