Why Women Might be Tougher than Men?

New research suggests that women are tougher than men. According to evolutionary theory, women living in poorer communities are predisposed to have daughters to ensure survival of the family line because the men are at greater risk of dying younger. The reversal of this theory hints why rich, married, well-educated women may tend to have more sons.

Full article Why Rich Women Have Sons (SMH)

Berno: This is certainly an interesting research. I wonder if the readers esp females have any comments about this finding.


15 thoughts on “Why Women Might be Tougher than Men?

  1. sure if one says that “tougher” means live longer on average.

    i think women are tough in many ways. i wouldnt want to have a bunch of children. but men are tough in other ways.

    so i think we can appropriately say that women and men are tough, but in very different ways.


  2. I don’t like the implication that black woman are weaker, poor and uneducated. That is truly what was said. Research can sometimes be biased and fed to the media to permeate this stereotype of our race, our women. I will go along with the basic idea of poorer sects having daughters because they are tough obviously because I’m a feminist as heart πŸ˜‰ but the other bull-cocky, I’m just not sure I buy into.
    Thanks for posting.

  3. Of course women are tougher than men. We men are big babies when it comes to getting hurt.

    Sure, when we get hurt we’re all “It’s just a scratch.” but what we really want is the GF/Wife/mom/significant other to go “Oh, poor baby” and bring us a beer.

    It just a good thing that men don’t have to give birth, that would really mess up football season.

    hmmm, I may have to move this over to my blog. Cheers πŸ™‚

  4. I think PB and J has it right. Men and women are tough in different ways. That only reinforces the meaning of men and women as a pair, so they can have the best of both worlds. 2 men or 2 women are still going to be deficient in one area. Sorry, gays and lesbians. It is what it is.

  5. Yawn. Even when a man and a woman couple up it’s still two people in a social arrangement. They haven’t become one new organism. Let’s not conflate a social arrangement with sexual reproduction here.

    Besides, it’s been said over and over again that there is greater difference among the members of one sex than there is between the two of them. I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s worth thinking about.

    I read once about a study in which the researchers concluded men had greater pain tolerance than women because, subjected to the same amount of pain, women said “Ow!” sooner. It all depends on how you define your terms and whether you can see through your own biases–which, sad to say, most researchers in the field of evolutionary biology cannot.

  6. I think this is totally true, I am a young 18 year old male, and my girlfriend seems to have more “balls” than me! πŸ˜‰

  7. Besides the childbirth thing, I think it’s BECAUSE they say “Ow!” sooner πŸ™‚ That is, they express their feelings better. Most people seem to have no clue just how detrimental bottling up one’s emotions is, how it weakens the body…and ultimately leads to dis-ease, premature death.

  8. Radicalearthling and others may also benefit from this rather awful joke from the last ever episode of Friends:

    Chandler asks: What hurts more – labour pains or a kick in the nuts? Guess we will never know, huh, since nobody will ever experience both…

    And now that joke done, I would like to find out how they explain those women who bear both sons and daughters.

    And also since it is known that ‘the more educated a woman is, the fewer children she has’, how does that fit with the evolutionary logic? Esp since an educated woman is more likely to be an earner as well and therefore ceteris peribus, better off than an uneducated woman who may work but in less-well-paid jobs?

    In developing countries, such research could be doubly devastating. Poor families in some parts of India fear the burden of dowry and their girls’ safety so much that female foeticide and infanticide are very common. Girls are also seen long-term as a drain on the family’s wealth than a potential addition to it. However ironically the wealthier people get, the more easily they can get otherwise expensive gender scans, and terminations. How does that get explained?

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