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Gender

By Farastres Jan 19, 2015 1512 Words
Gender: Men vs Women

I would like to approach the topic: the superior gender. This topic brings up many heated discussions all around the world. In this presentation I will dig into the myths of gender to find out who the superior race really is. An important point in this battle is intelligence. It is well-known that women are under-represented in areas of achievement throughout past history: there are more men achieving distinctions of mental ability, from Nobel-prize winners to chess grandmasters. However, this has always been put down to poor educational opportunities women have had in the past and to their being handicapped by their upbringing, social pressures and active discrimination from men. It may also be significant that most top positions require an almost selfish dedication and sacrifice of time and energy – and many women choose to direct their energies towards family rather than career or other outside achievements. Furthermore, there is a tendency in our society to value scientific achievement above other areas and therefore assume that the people involved in science must be the most intelligent. It then follows that since science attracts more men, men must be more intelligent. However, there could be other reasons that women are under-represented in science which have nothing to do with their mental ability. It may be that science only attracts intelligent people of a certain personality traits and that these traits are more common in men. Women may simply not find the mental challenges presented by science interesting enough to want to engage in them. Men’s brains are 10-12% bigger than women's but this has nothing to do with intelligence. The reason why men need more neurons is for controlling their greater muscle mass and larger body size. However, females have more densely packed neurons in certain regions. Men have been awarded 545 out of the 557 Nobel prizes for science and usually they score higher on the arithmetic and science portion of the test. On the other hand women have a better memory and they score significantly higher on language skills test. Research has shown that, men perform better than women at visual-spatial tests, so they are good at understanding the things they see and putting them in context – for instance, the way a car engine is put together. Men also tend to be better at tests involving math. Women do better at tests involving language and words, as well as verbal reasoning. They also score better on some memory tests. It is undeniable that men have more brain tissue than women and that more males score higher IQ scores than females. But this may have little implication in the real world of education or work – in fact, female students tend to get better grades than their male counterparts in schools and for most people in the vast majority of jobs, a difference in IQ scores doesn’t translate to very much on the actual job. Another point to consider are emotions. Of the two genders, there is a stereotype that women are much more "emotional" than men. While it is certainly true that by nature women are more focused on their emotions and refer to them more commonly in conversation than men, both the genders will experience emotions and emotional reactions to different stimuli and situations. What is interesting is that men and women can experience their emotions differently, and for different reasons.  There is a common stereotype that men should not show their emotions and that "real men" do not cry or get upset. This as a result is often the view that women have of men. There is an element of truth in this idea, and compared to the more emotional in tune women, men certainly show the world at a whole less of their emotional side. However, men do express their emotions. Compared to women, men often show their emotions to less people, and often only to their nearest and dearest. Also compared to women, men will display their emotions with less intensity, and tend to down play how they are feeling. Men tend to have a greater control over their emotions and what they will display to the world, possibly due to having more difficulty displaying emotion than women. Many men will often express emotions such as rage or frustrations significantly more than other emotions such as depression. This is thought to be because these emotions are considered by many to be "male emotions", that is, emotions that men will commonly display. For a man concerned about how it looks displaying how he feels, these are emotions he would feel much more comfortable displaying. In some situations too, these reactions can be admired too. Henny Youngman has a very funny quote that satirizes woman’s emotions: ”Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who'll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you're in the wrong house, that's what it means.” The third point consists in deciding who is the best driver. According to recent studies made both on males and females, observations show that men are more likely to take risks when it comes to their manner of driving as compared to female. Perception is a powerful thing. Despite the research, psychologists claim that it’s difficult to determine whether men are truly innately better drivers than women or if they’re simply more confident in their driving because they’re perceived to be better, and thus show more proficiency. Similarly, the stereotype that women are weaker drivers may negatively affect their performance behind the wheel. Men are more prone to driving at a faster speed, more chances of driving without a seat belt and even under the influence of alcohol. Women on the other hand tend to be more cautious whenever they are in-charge of the driving wheel. They strictly follow the implemented speed limit, wear obediently a seat belt while driving and do their best not to drive when drunk. Although, it is a fact that male drivers are more confident when it comes to driving than women due to their extensive driving experiences, surveys show that men are most likely to commit violations, be fined or ticketed three times because of their aggressive driving as compared to women drivers who only have about 25 percent share of reported violation on the road while driving. Now I would like to look at some practical differences between how men and women react in certain situations: 1. Firstly, the difference between how a man and a woman look at themselves in a mirror:

Men are vain and will check themselves out in a mirror but women are ridiculous; they will check out their reflections in any shiny surface: mirrors, spoons, store windows, bald guys' heads.

2. Secondly, the difference between how a man and a woman use the free space in the bathroom:

A man has five items in his bathroom -- a toothbrush, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. On the other hand the average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 400. A man cannot identify most of these items.

3. Thirdly, the difference between how much a man and a woman knows about their children:

A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and soccer games and romances and best friends and favorite foods and secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

4. Fourthly, the difference between how friends support a man or a woman:

A woman didn't come home one night.  The next day she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend's house.  The man called his wife's 10 best friends.  None of them knew anything about it.  A man didn't come home one night. The next day he told his wife that he had slept over at a buddy's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best friends. Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over, and two claimed that he was still there.
To return to the original question, who is the superior gender, I think in conclusion, my presentation has shown there is no real victor in the battle of the gender. Each gender has a certain skill that the other gender is not the best at. I think this is why men and women make such good teams. So for the time being, it seems that the jury is still out and the battle of the sexes continues!

Bibliography:
1. http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/are-men-better-drivers-than-women/ 2. http://www.aboutintelligence.co.uk/who-smarter-men-women.html 3. http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/13971/1/Emotions--Differences-Between-Men-and-Women.html

I must be honest and admit that the reason why I wanted to move to another class when I heard that we will have another professor it was because at the other professor I got high marks very easily. But over time I got used to your method of teaching. And I must say it is a very challenging method. Keep up the good work.

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