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Research Essay Is the nature of boys and girls decided at birth or are they nurtured a certain way to conduct themselves in a distinct manor This question has stirred up a lot of curiosity among parents since the 1960s The logic of many parents is that if you let your son play with Barbie dolls hell grow up to be gay Or if a parent allows their daughter play sports that are considered rough they may grow to be a lesbian After searching for an answer to this question I came across the literary work of one John Colapinto Its probably fair to say that John Colapinto has watched his infant son Johnny play with toys a little more closely than other fathers After all Colapinto2001 August was researching and writing As Nature Made Him The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl when his son was born in December 1998 The book which became a best seller in 2000 is about Bruce Reimer who lost his penis as the result of a botched circumcision in 1966 and was raised by his parents as a girl on the advice of a sex researcher As Bruce grew up he knew something was wrong with his life as Brenda however and he later reclaimed his male identity Reimers story is often cited in nature-versus-nurture debates as evidence that people are shaped more by their biology than by their environment Parker 2001 p72 So Colapinto was understandably curious about his own sons earliest expressions of boyishness He and his wife Donna gave their baby a range of toys that included soft cuddly playthings as well as cars and planes Colapinto tried not to stack the deck in any way though he knew that parents relatives and friends are always sending subtle signals to children But lo and behold the first word Johnny said was car He was given a policewoman doll and
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