Are women better than men? A study in futility…

Here an idiot unfortunate person claims that women can do anything better than men except wreaking havoc and as proof asks us to google “women are better than men”.

The first search result was this and I thought: “well, why not read and check up on that. That looks very much like what the idiot unfortunate person is talking about”.

We find a 14 point list demonstrating why women are better than men.

1. We learn better.
A study done at the University of Georgia and Columbia University found that women are better learners—basically, we have a better approach to expanding our minds.

Here we even find a link to the source, where we read “Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys, even when they perform worse on standardized tests?”

Read for yourself. The answer is more or less “They are better behaved than boys, thus less trouble for the teacher and therefore get better grades.”

This means “women are better” and not “teachers are unfair”, mind you.

2. We’re smarter.
According to a study of IQ tests from around the world, women have higher IQs than men.

The linked Telegraph article says the for the last 100 years men tested better in IQ tests but now for the first time in recorded history women came out on top. That by itself does not mean “women are more intelligent than men” in any way. Only if they hold a significant advantage in the next years you could possibly claim that.
It gets more interesting. The Telegraphs cites exactly one expert, one “James Flynn”. That always makes me curious. What kind of expert is he?
It took me 30 seconds of googling to find this page. The author says: “Today I was treated to a talk from James Flynn in Cambridge, England. Flynn is one of my intellectual heroes. I always enjoy his talks, because they are highly provocative and thoughtful. This talk was no exception.”
Turns out, James Flynn apparently is to be taken seriously.
Go read for yourself.

The important quotes:

“Setting the male score at 100, Flynn found that women scored the lowest in Australia (99.5), but in the other 4 nations Raven’s scores varied from 100.5 to 101.5.”

Those are minuscule differences.

“(…)my conclusion is the sexes on the Raven’s is probably dead equal for cognitive factors and there is a very slight female advantage for characterological traits. This is mere extrapolation from what happens at secondary school. You would expect a little female advantage because of temperamental differences.”

So, again: women are not more intelligent than men, not even according to the Cosmo’s source, but simply more disciplined in sitting down.

3. We’re cleaner.
A study from San Diego State University of offices across the U.S. found that men’s desks and offices are germier than women’s. Researchers discovered that men had anywhere from 10 to 20 percent more bacteria in their workspaces than women—and scientists say it’s because they tend to be less hygenic.

Women are 10% more hygienic than men and that makes them better?!?
How subjective can you get? Want to hear the other side of the coin? “Men are far more relaxed in everyday matters and don’t constantly nag and boss everyone around because a coffee cup from Monday is still standing on the desk”
In my book: Men better, Women worse.

4. We interview better.
A new study out of the University of Western Ontario found that women are better at handling the stress of a job interview. Researchers found that, while women get more freaked beforehand about interviewing, we do better in the actual event. Why? We prepare more before the big moment.

“We prepare more before the big moment.” can also be read as “We turn the week before the interview into hell for everyone around us.” Men tend to not do that.
Quotes from the article about the study:
“[Women] would do things like seek social support from loved ones, friends and colleagues about their anxiety and do practical things like practicing mock interviews with their friends. Men, on the other hand, reacted with more maladaptive coping strategies. They would pretend it was not happening, ignore it, watch TV and do things that relieved stress, but hindered performance later.”
So basically when you interview a female you don’t have one person sitting there but her entire support group. Yes, I can imagine that that is a more successful strategy.

Interesting: “Since businesses also have a lot to lose by hiring the wrong person, Feeney warns businesses not to simply look to the interview as the ultimate predictor of future success or failure.”

5. We evolve hotter.
A recent study revealed that women are getting better looking through evolution; meanwhile, men are staying the same.

Do you know what this means?
If you want to procreate and you are a woman, your looks are important. Good looking girls procreate more than ugly ones.
If you want to procreate and you are a man, your looks won’t help you, you will need other qualities.
If you have no idea what those qualitites might be, look here, only don’t take it aaalllll too seriously 😉

6. We survive car accidents more often.
This is sad but true: Men are 77 percent more likely to die in a car accident than women, according to a study done by Carnegie Mellon University.

It seems to be more or less the case that women are more risk-averse which in traffic means less serious accidents.

I would like to see a study however that examines just how much aggression people create in other drivers when they go 40 in a 55 mph area.
Anecdotal, I know, but I personally am most reckless in my driving after spending 10 minutes behind a woman or old man with hat who tries to impersonate a human snail.

Security in traffic on the other hand is not as single sided as feminists like to see the world if you follow this article.

7. We’re better at seeking comfort.
A Mind survey of 2,000 people revealed that women are far more likely than men to talk through their problems. Fifty-three percent of women talk to their friends about what’s stressing them out, as opposed to 29 percent of men.

So women have a more ‘social’ strategy to cope with stress. Where’s the indication that this strategy is ‘better’?
Especially when you consider that it doesn’t do them much good

8. We’re more recession-proof.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80 percent of those who have lost their jobs since December 2007 have been men. Ouch. This could be because male-dominated fields have been hit the hardest, like manufacturing and finance. That really sucks…but hey, maybe it’s time more men became nurses and educators.

Isn’t this less an example of “We are better” than, in femspeak, “We are more privileged”? Women are the new oppressors and the matriarchy is at hand?
I like the conclusion with the nurses and the educators. Will, in turn, Cosmo-readers be happy to marry a male nurse who earns less then them?
If so, then yes, that would be a win-win. Less dangerous and less endangered jobs for men without the downside of being refused by women for not being more successful than them.
Good

9. We graduate college more often.
We already know that female enrollment is higher than male, but the Department of Education’s statistics reveal that men are also less likely than women to graduate and get their bachelor’s degrees.

Just what the world needs: more bachelors and masters in english literature.
I won’t go into all the affirmative action of the last 40 years that created this outcome. There has already been a lot written about that.

10. We eat healthier.
A survey of more than 14,000 people, conducted by the University of Minnesota, showed that women choose far healthier foods than men.

and

12. We live longer.
Among the world’s population of those who are over 100 years old, 85 percent are women, according to the New England Centenarian Study. In general, women continue to live five to 10 years longer than men as well.

and

11. We have stronger immune systems.
No wonder men act like such babies when they have a sniffle — women really do have stronger immune systems than men!

No discussion about the facts.
Except… How come – if all that is true – that health services spend a lot more money on women than on men?

Women live healthier, women live longer, women have a stronger immune system, a lot more money is spent in health research and education for women than for men.
Isn’t this another example for “Women are privileged” or “It’s preferable to be a woman in our society” than “Women are better”?
Rhetorical.

13. We’re better managers, especially in this economy.
This one is a little controversial, but a slew of experts are confident that women make greater bosses because they are better listeners, mentors, problem solvers, and multitaskers than their male counterparts.

A little controversial, indeed.

In 2003 Norway introduced a 40% female quota in all public company boards, to be enforced from 2008.
Three years down the road a study finds that more women on the board have seriously decreased the value of all those companies.
To be fair the most likely explanation is that those companies were forced to take very inexperienced women to be on the board because not enough competent women could be found. In other words: over the years the effect might get smaller, we do not know yet.

Interesting also this article.
Quotes:
“According to a recent article, men are considered less bullying, egotistical and overbearing compared to ladies”
and
“A study of 2,000 companies in the U.S with more female board members experienced lower profitability.”

A quote from here: “Three quarters of men said they would much rather work for a man than a woman. A quarter of woman polled found their female bosses to be backstabbing and to have poor personal boundaries when it came to sharing their personal lives at the office. Another study found that female bosses were easily threatened, emotionally unpredictable or irritable. Other negative descriptors for the female boss included, ‘moody,’ ‘sharp tongued,’ ‘too cliquey’ and ‘vain.'”
and
“According to the American Management Association, 95 percent of women felt undermined at some point in their career by other women.”

So, women are ‘listeners’, ‘mentors’, ‘problem solvers’, ‘multitaskers’, ‘backstabbing’, ‘poor boundaries’, ‘easily threatened’, ’emotionally unpredictable’, ‘irritable’, ‘bullying’, ‘egotistical, ‘overbearing’, ‘moody’, ‘sharp tongued’, ‘too cliquey’ and ‘vain’

No doubt whatsoever: women are far better bosses than men… 8)

14. We invest better.
A study of 100,000 portfolios showed that women’s investment returns outperform men’s, 18 percent to 11 percent. This could be because women are typically more cautious with their investment decisions and think longer term.

This seems to be true, according to Google’s first result page or this interesting sum-up by a young economic.

What do you know? In the last point they finally found something that women actually can do better.
I say…

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