[guest post by Dana]
Several non-surprising differences in men and women were observed this week.
First, in a nationwide sex survey done in the magazines Men’s Health and Women’s Health, 1,000 men and 1,000 women were polled to identify their idea of the perfect body in both genders.
Interestingly, women chose the young Ryan Gosling with sensitive looking eyes as the ideal man, while men chose the more mature, but oh, so seriously built Hugh Jackman. (He’s got my vote!)
Regarding the ideal woman, women chose Cameron Diaz, while men chose Kate Upton.
A simple theory: Women do not like other women that they view as a threat or competition. This is nothing new. Women have been jealous creatures since day one. Upton, with all of her robust voluptuousness, is the quintessential threat. Without exerting any effort, she has the natural ability to easily snag the attention of another woman’s man. And that gives her power over him. Women don’t like other women usurping their power over their men. For that, she’s a threat. #WarOnWomen…ByHotWomen! In contrast, Diaz, however, is simply not the threat Upton is. She’s a tomboyish, fun-loving, good-time gal pal who is everybody’s friend. That fact, along with her attainable athletic look makes her enviable, but not a threat.
A second look at the genders this week supported researchers’ theory that “men are idiots, and idiots do stupid things.” This study confirmed that far more men than women have received Darwin awards:
Men tend to take more risks than women do, and they also seem to be ahead of women in engaging in risky behavior that is extremely “idiotic,” according to researchers who revealed in a new study that the majority of the receivers of a Darwin Award are men.
To win a Darwin Award, a darkly humorous honor that has existed for more than 20 years, a person must die in “an extraordinarily idiotic manner,” and thereby protect the human gene pool and improve the species’ chances of long-term survival. For example, one person in the new study was a “terrorist who posted a letter bomb with insufficient postage stamps and who, on its return, unthinkingly opened his own letter,” the researchers wrote.
researchers in the United Kingdom used the Darwin Award database to examine an idea they call “male idiot theory,” to see whether men’s generally higher inclination for risk-taking extends to taking “idiotic risks.” [Macho Man: 10 Wild Facts About His Body]
The researchers reviewed the stories of all nominees for the Darwin Award from 1995 to 2014, noting the gender of the winner. To win a Darwin Award, the story of how the death happened must be verifiable, and the person must have been capable of sound judgment, while showing “an astonishing misapplication of common sense.”
The researchers looked at 332 cases confirmed by the Darwin Awards Committee to be true incidents. For their analysis, they excluded 14 cases of deaths of adventurous couples, leaving them with 318 cases.
Of those, just 36 were women. The other 282 winners, or 88.7 percent, were men, the researchers found.
Of course, both genders have their fair share of idiots. It’s just that the idiocy manifests itself in a different way.