14 Stereotypes About Women That’ve Been Disproved by Science But Are Still Widely-Believed
It seems no one has managed to find out what women really want yet. But there are many stereotypes and myths about women that many people believe in. When doing various experiments and research, scientists have found out that popular beliefs about the beautiful half of humanity don’t often match reality.
Based on various research studies and statistics, Bright Side decided to bust 14 well-known myths about women. We understand that these kinds of topics often create another reason to debate about sexism, that’s why we would like to warn you that we have simply collected curious facts without intending to insult anyone.
Myth № 1: Women love kids by default.
There is an opinion that women are more prone to loving kids due to their natural motherly instincts, and it doesn’t matter whether they are her own children or another woman’s kids. However, several years ago, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences located in Palo Alto, California decided to check the number of complaints about the behavior of different kids among the visitors of fast food cafes. As a result, for every 9 women who complained, there was only one man who complained about noise and children’s crying. This can be explained by the fact that women generally pay more attention to children and pay attention to their behavior more often.
Moreover, professor Ross Parke from the USA found out that fathers talk to their newborn babies more often than mothers. Also, men can perfectly understand what a baby’s cry means: tiredness, hunger, a lack of attention, etc.
Myth № 2: Women are less smart.
Scientists believe that women represent the norm, which means that their intellectual abilities are rarely super high or super low. Several years ago, the University of Chicago published research that was based on tests among students (male and female) of US colleges. On average, girls showed a narrower mark spread, while boys were there both on the top and the bottom of the mark scale. It means most nerds and blockheads are represented by the more brawny half of the planet. As a result, the average indicators of intellect turned out to be higher among women.
Myth № 3: Women are worse at withstanding physical pain.
Physiologists from the University of Siena think that women are more endurant despite the fact that there is a natural painkiller that helps men to endure pain — the male hormone testosterone. Women have less of it but they are better at bearing the pain. By the way, it’s because of the high concentration of testosterone in men’s blood that their immune system is weaker in general which explains the very real term known as “man flu.” Moreover, men lose consciousness 10 times more often than women when they see blood. This is explained by the fact that women see it regularly and don’t perceive it as something extreme.
Myth № 4: Women are lower-performing workers than men.
There is an opinion that men are considered to be employees who perform their work better and, thus, are more highly-paid. Moreover, scientists at Yale University conducted research showing that there is gender inequality when applying for jobs — they sent out identical resumes to different US universities, one of which had a female name, while the other one had a male name. The results showed that male applicants received job offers more often and had more attractive salary offers.
Women have been proving for a long time that, in the majority of professions that are not connected with physical labor, both genders are equal. Interestingly enough, the former CEO of IKEA Russia outlined that women are work harder, learn easier, and delve into the essence of the task faster.
Myth № 5: Women are more cowardly.
According to research by German scientist Fritz Riemann, who has written about the phenomenon of fear, women are less inclined to recognize risky situations and it is easier for them to perform bold actions without thinking. At the same time, women are more ready to overcome their fear if they manage to realize it.
Myth № 6: Women love sparkly, glittery things.
Here’s a question: if a woman getting ready for a date puts on a dress with ruffles, does it mean that this woman likes ruffles? It might seem that the answer is obvious and that it is yes. But if it is yes, we would have every right to say that a fisherman is trying to catch fish using worms because the fisherman himself likes to eat those worms. That’s why we can draw a conclusion that all these trinkets, stilettos, and stockings are first of all liked by men. Look at what most women are wearing at home — comfortable pajamas, nightgowns, and ordinary T-shirts with shorts.
Myth № 7: There are more women in the world than men.
On average, there are 100 girls born for every 107 boys not taking into account countries like China and India where this imbalance is created artificially. Scientists say that within the last 50 years a deficit of women has appeared that can be felt in almost every country. Even in the countries where the female gender prevails, this demographic can only be explained by the fact that the male mortality rate is higher.
Myth № 8: Women are weaker and are not as well-adapted to life.
It is believed that men are more prone to showing open aggression than women, but scientists have found out that that’s not true. Moreover, women are better adapted to life and to endure all sorts of trouble. Scientists believe that it is a matter of DNA. Women are the happy owners of the double chromosome XX. Because of this, they acquire resistance to many genetic diseases like muscle dystrophia and hemophilia. And though the muscle mass of an average woman is usually 24% less than the muscle mass of an average man, they are able to better endure many critical situations like long-lasting starvation, thirst, or sharp temperature changes. Moreover, women can resist infections better too.
Myth № 9: Women live longer on average.
This situation is, in fact, a little bit different. It’s not women who live longer but men who die earlier. Men between the age of 36-50 are more prone to risks connected with the malfunction of the cardiovascular system. At the same time, women of the same age are protected by the estrogen hormone that preserves their vessels. After 50, the chances of having a long and happy life are equal for both men and women.
Myth № 10: Women like sweets more, while men like meat more.
There is a belief that men need animal protein, while women are more prone to like something light and preferably sweet. In reality, men actually don’t need animal protein that much and it can easily be replaced by plant protein. While a female body needs meat in order to sustain the normal functioning of their reproductive system and to decrease their risk of giving birth to sick babies. Nowadays, nutritionists develop complex diets and prescribe mineral-vitamin complexes to strict female vegetarians to partially improve the situation so they don’t cause harm to their future children.
Myth № 11: Women came up with monogamous marriage.
In reality, a monogamous marriage is a patriarchal rule that protects the rights of most men for reproduction. Otherwise, several women could easily choose for themselves the most successful, strong, and powerful representative of the strong gender, while other men would be cast aside. But in the patriarchal system, women have to choose for themselves an average partner from the point of evolution and nature in order to continue the genus.
Myth № 12: Polygamy is a pleasure for men.
First of all, polygamy takes into account the interests of women — almost any of them can count on a strong man who guarantees protection for her and her children, as well as the presence of a shelter and food. Weak men are excluded in polygamy from the evolutional race. Therefore, while sheiks have fun in their harems, many men stay without any women at all.
Myth № 13: Women are cleaner.
Even this seemingly obvious belief has been disproved by scientists. A biologist from the USA, Charles Gerba, has examined the phones, computers, keyboards, boxes, and bags of his employees and has come to the conclusion that there are 4 times more bacteria stored in these places among women than among men. Scientists explain it by the fact that women often use different cosmetics that, as surprising as it might sound, create a good environment for bacteria and microorganisms.
Myth № 14: Women are more afraid of snakes and spiders.
There are 3 times more men that suffer from arachnophobia than women. If we’re talking about snakes, then it’s traditionally considered the spirit animal of women, just like cats. The snake in their hair or around their neck has become a trademark symbol of matriarchs, witches, and priestesses of all kinds of cults. Snakes are very sensitive to smells and, therefore, sense women easier and in a more calm way than men. The smell of men often causes them to be aggressive. Moreover, if we look at statistics, we will see that snakes attack men 10 times more than they attack women.
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