Monday, May 10, 2010

Some Gender Stereotypes are True

I get good info from my blog followers and SJ sent me a link that was pretty interesting.  Here are some gender stereotypes that have a basis in science that might be a surprise to you. 
  1. Women spend lots of time with colors, calling them mauve, pure ivory and ecru.  Men see pink, white and yellow.  Are women just color obsessed?
 Science tells us that color blindness only happens in men because the gene for seeing red is on the X chromosome.  Women have 2X's and consequently have a 40% chance of having a wider range of color perception.  We really do see those differences in color.

    2.  Women love to talk and process and talk some more.  Men get to the point and talk only to  solve problems (or clam up completely...right ladies?) 

Science tells us that the brain locus for language is 17% larger in women than in men.  The corpus callosum may also be larger in women (there is some debate about this) and this connects the right and the left hemisphere, allowing for more language processing.

     3.  Women can't hold their liquor.

Science tells us women metabolize alcohol differently than men and it isn't just because of size.  It is because women have less water to fat content in their bodies and when men slam down drinks, they are diluting the alcohol with some of their body water.  Women also produce less alcohol dehydrogenase, the substance that breaks down alcohol in the body.  They feel drunk more quickly and stay intoxicated longer.

    4.  Women are more emotional than men. 

Science tells us that women have a larger brain deep limbic system than men and this allows them to be in touch with their feelings and to express emotion.  Women connect better and it also opens women up to depression during times of hormonal shifts.

There are other ways men and women are different that are not based on science.  For a lighter look at the differences...go here

Have a thoughtful day!








 

16 comments:

jobb said...

Dr. Toni, today I liked your blog, but I loved the funny link. I like to laugh and the link did it for me.

DBenzil said...

Hard to know what comes first-the brain driving the behavior or the behavior driving the brain. Clearly, genes matter too. Nice post

Val Erde said...

There are also colours such as puce which most men just see as some sort of vomityliver thing.

Which isn't to say that it isn't.

;)

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Viagra said...

I think that the 4sterotypes are true but the third one is so funny because it is so common in many teen women!

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