In “Were You Born That Way? ‘ George Howe Colt ‘s main argument is between nature and nurture. He uses his own experiences and parenthood to support his argument by using genetic facts, realistic emotion and the way he gives himself knowledge. John Update delivers his own personal account in “The Disposable Rocket. ” Reflecting on the recklessness of his male youth, he describes the essence of being a man with great imagery. He notes that his constant quest for sexual pleasure, the greedy thirst for adventure, and bold carelessness are features that glorify the male body.
However, one could argue that men can be much more than hat; they can be anything they want. In other words, Update describes a type of lifestyle which- at least in the 21st century- is not unique to, or descriptive of the male gender. One way he uses his own experience to develop his argument about nature vs.. Nurture is through genetic facts. According to his article he states, “… Watching my daughter arrange her 37 Beanie Babies by color in chronological order. My lump of putty is eight now and I don’t need a DNA scan to tell me that she has inherited her mothers intelligence, her fathers stubbornness, her grandfathers wit” (Colt 87).
This quote is an example of nature. The traits found in one gene makes us who we are. In his text, he also says that, when he sees his daughter, he sees a part of himself in her. Why? Because of their identical genetic traits. Another way colt defends his argument is through giving himself knowledge. In the beginning of his text, he talks about his choices as a parent and how he will give his daughter a well knowledge future. To support this, he says, ” At home our bedside tables were swaybacked by towers of well thumbed parenting manuals… The shelves were lines with books, educational puzzles ND IQ boosting rattles. (Colt, 1). These were his and his wife’s choices. It was their choice to make an effort to become better parents and surround their daughter with better knowledge. This is an example of nurture. They are trying to teach their daughter better things.