I was always under the impression that gender roles were forced upon us by society. I thought that little boys and little girls were born essentially the same, and that the way we treated them determined how they behaved. I am no longer sure that this is an accurate view.
Since birth, Izzy has been the exact opposite of Porgie. She is gentle, he is rough. She is picky with her food, he will eat almost anything. She prefers quiet activities (like puzzles and coloring), he prefers active activities (like playing ball or rolling cars on the table). At first I thought it was just a difference in personality, but now I am not so sure. The qualities that define my children seem to be innate. Without poking or prodding from outside forces, Izzy consistently acts like a typical boy and Porgie consistently acts like a sweet little girl. Maybe mother nature plays a bigger role in the whole thing than I had first assumed?