What would you be?
If you were the opposite sex of what you are today, do you think you would have followed a similar path in life?
I spent the first sixteen years of my life as an elite athlete in a sport where women and men perform completely different skills, and the next four years of my life at a single-sex college - so I certainly would not be the same person that I am today because I was shaped so significantly by my teammates, coaches, and various experiences in my sport, and again by my friends, professors, and overall experience in college.
In my sport, the girls (younger than the boys at the same level of competition) dealt with the rigors and stress of training/competition by talkingtalkingtalking, while the boys (men, really) made dirty jokes. My interest in psychology originated from listening to teammates talktalktalk and trying to figure out what influenced each of them to react differently in nearly identical situations. Would I have become a psychologist if I'd been listening to dirty jokes instead of talktalktalk? I'm not sure, but I am certain that I wouldn't have become a pornographer. :)read more collapse
I think I would have followed a very similar career path. I'm a woman working in the incredibly male dominated field of aerospace engineering. In school it was not unusual for me to be the only woman in a class. At work I sometimes am the only woman in a meeting or working a test or, well, doing just about anything (and often the only person in the restroom. Lines are never a problem.). I grew up in the Detroit area and no one ever seemed to make a big deal that I was a girl and interested in science and engineering. Gender didn't really factor into things like career interests. So that wasn't a big deal to me.
Living in the south (school in Georgia, now living in Texas) people do seem to make a bigger deal about gender. I feel like I have to prove myself to a lot of people when we're doing physical labor (I'm just as strong as many guys), dealing with mechanical things, using power tools, etc. But all of that has made me who I am. I'm sure I'd be very different if I was a guy.read more collapse
I don't know. Being a male nursing student, I think that part of the reason I'm on this path is because people even today envision nurses as women mostly and men taking other roles in medicine, and I wanted to do something that they didn't think I should do. If I was female, I'd probably go into something like engineering, or some other field that people consider to be for men.read more collapse
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