Women have long asserted that they are cleverer than men. Now scientists claim to have proved that their intellectual superiority lasts a lifetime.
Research on 600 85-year-olds showed the women were much quicker and sharper than the men – despite the female candidates generally having a much lower standard of education.
The results suggest the difference between the male and the female brains is biological, not social, say the researchers.
Tests have already shown that girls do better at school than boys and continue to do so through university.
The latest study theorises that women’s brains simply carry on performing for longer because they live longer and so need to be mentally active at a greater age.
Doctors carried out memory and recognition word and number tests on every 85-year-old who was willing in the Dutch town of Leiden.
Thirty-three per cent of women, compared to 28 per cent of men had good speed in their replies, while four in ten women had a good memory compared to three in ten men.
The results are published today in the British Medical Assocation’s Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
Why Men And Women Are Held To Dramatically Different Standards, And Women Are Punished
Part of the new series “The Imperative For Gender Equality Today”
“Fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”
– Emma Watson addressing the United Nations
The Stanford rape case has stunned and mortified our nation, and people around the world are outraged not only at the unusually (and inexplicably) lenient sentence perpetrator Brock Turner received (only six months where the minimum penalty in California for these crimes is two years), but also the way in which he and his own father (now infamously) have discussed and explained away his crimes, and refuse to take accountability for actions that have permanently damaged the victim’s life. Hundreds of women I know and have heard from simply cannot understand how this is where we are today in the U.S., and how this can stand. And the rape victim’s story, so bravely told, has rocked the world.
Sexual violence in the U.S. remains a staggering crisis today – one in six women and one in 33 men in the U.S. have been the victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes, according to Department of Justice figures. Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted.
Why women are better than men at beating the coronavirus
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As the novel coronavirus cuts its relentless swath across the globe, doctors have identified one grim constant: COVID-19 has men, more than women, in its sights.
In Italy, men account for at least 70 percent of all coronavirus deaths. While South Korea has seen more confirmed COVID-19 cases in female patients than in males, a higher percentage of men have been felled by it. Here in New York City, more men than women are testing positive for coronavirus, with 55 percent of all cases. They also are dying of it at even higher rates. As of Friday, 1,159 men in the five boroughs had been killed by COVID-19 — 62 percent of the city’s 1,867 deaths.
The phenomenon has stumped medical experts. In their rush to make sense of the data, many are pointing fingers at men and their behavior. Some speculate that higher male smoking rates leave them vulnerable to the respiratory infection. Others guess that men are blowing off social-distancing guidelines, or are neglecting to wash their hands.
“I find that so offensive,” genetic researcher Sharon Moalem, MD, told The Post. “Talk about blaming the victim.”
“Sure, there are some behaviors that might affect the number of infections,” he said. “But why should poor hand-washing lead to death for a patient who’s already in intensive care? It’s ridiculous.”
In fact, the coronavirus’ bull’s-eye on men is consistent across age groups, regardless of underlying risk factors.
“What we are actually seeing is that males do not do well once infected,” Moalem said. “So it comes down to genetics. There is a genetic component to this illness.”