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Differences - Men and Women

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61107.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:08 am Reply with quote

To play straight into Jo Brand's hands:

Question: What’s the difference between men and women?

Answer: 78 genes.

As I’m sure you all know, the main biological difference between men and women is that men have an X and Y chromosome, while women have two Xes.

Sex was not always determined in our DNA, in fact many reptiles’ offspring still have their sex determined by the temperature of incubation, but when mammals began reproducing internally a new method was required and Y chromosomes began to evolve. Over the years genes which were beneficial to males moved to the Y chromosome until it became fully distinct from the X-chromosome; the result being a tiny thing with only 78 genes, but which makes a massive distance.

So some supplementary questions:

Sup Q1: Who uses most grey matter, men or women?

Sup A1: Men

Studies have shown a significant difference between the ways that men and women use their brains. Grey matter, which is actually pinkish in colour, is the part of the brain used for information processing and mediating inhibitions and is used more by men - while white matter, which enables quick complex thinking is used mostly by women.

Sup Q2: Who does alcohol affect most, men or women?

Sup A2: Men.

Surprising as it may seem to some, a study at Kentucky University showed that mens’ loss of inhibition was three times greater than womens’ with the same blood alcohol levels, it also found that men appeared to become more stimulated after drinking while women became more relaxed.

That said, studies have shown that in the long term, women are much more susceptible to alcohol related brain and liver damage.

Sup Q3: Which sex are more sensitive to pain?
Sup A3: Women

Studies have shown that women are by far the most sensitive of the sexes, especially when it comes to sensing pain. It has been found that women have double the number of pain receptors in their skin, and so feel pain much more intensely than men.

Sup Q4: Who copes the best with stress, males or females?
Sup A4: Females.

In a study by the University of Chicago, it has been shown that for male and female rats at least, the response of females to stressful situations was "staggeringly stronger" than their male counterparts. It seems that when faces with brief amounts of stress, women cope much quicker.

Please feel free to post any men vs women studies/facts below.

63783.  Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:51 am Reply with quote

Sup Q5: Which sex are the best at complaining?

Sup A5: Females.

Research by Professor Charmine Härtel (Deakin University), Dr Rebekah Bennett and Dr Judy Drennan (Queensland University of Technology) has shown that when complaining women receive more compensation than men.


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