How Different Are Men and Women?
In terms of sheer numbers, the men have the women of this world beat. In 2016, the CIA of the United States estimated that there are approximately 1.015 males for every female. That may not seem like a lot, but with a world population of around 7.5 billion people, that’s quite a few more guys playing for Team XY.
According to data from The United Nations, the great cup of the United States is a little more full with females, having about 102 women for every 100 men. If you’re looking for even more female friends, you might want to head on over to Ukraine and Estonia. Both places have the greatest relative amount of women in the world with about 117 women for every 100 men.
If you’re on a quest for a greater concentration of Y chromosomes, Qatar might be just the place for you. It rings in at having the highest relative amount of delightful dudes, only having about 32 women for every 100 males.
The United Arab Emirates is pretty similar, having 44 women for every 100 males. Even though there are almost as many women as men overall, the lovely ladies around the world only even get an equal representation in parliament to men in the nation of Andorra based off of 2012 data from the UN.
Everywhere else, there are more parliamentary seats given to men than women, other than in Rwanda, where women make up 56.3% of the parliament.
When it comes to the battle of size, men are typically the heavyweights in the arena. According to the CDC, the average American male is 69.3 inches tall and weighs in at about 195.5 pounds with the average female coming in at 63.8 inches and 166.2 pounds. Men also are a little thicker in the waist with an average waist circumference of 39.7 inches while women only measure about 37.5 inches in their waist circumference.
If life truly was an RPG, this could make women better suited for the light, rogue class and men better suited for the heavy, warrior class. Either way, I just want to slay some dragons and unlock treasure chests of gold!
Women tend to live longer than their male counterparts.
Based off of 2013 statistics, men in the United States had a life expectancy on average of 76.4 years. Women have an average life expectancy of about 81.2 years. With the reported countries, Switzerland had the longest life expectancy for men at 80.7 years and Japan had the longest life expectancy for women at 86.6 years.
One of the reasons for the gender differences in life expectancy can be traced back to rates of suicide and homicide between men and women. Based off of 2014 data in the US, men had higher rates of both suicide and homicide in every reported age bracket.
In the age bracket of 25-44, men were over 3 times as likely to commit suicide than women and the disparity was the greatest in the 65 and over age bracket, where men were over 6 times as likely to take their own life. Between 15 and 24 years of age, men were over 6 times as likely to die from homicide than women, but a little less than twice as likely for men to be a victim of homicide compared to women when over the age of 65.
Both suicide and homicide can be devastating and working to lower their rates among both sexes would be great ways to better the world. You may have heard the saying that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, driving a wedge between the sexes and making us think that men and women are significantly different from one another.
However, in reality, men and women seem to be far more alike than they are different. Based off the study of 46 meta-analyses, scientists found that men and women are basically alike in terms of personality, cognitive ability, and leadership.
Some differences were still shown, like men being slightly more aggressive, but even this seems to be more a product of society than man’s true nature.
In fact, in some studies designed to eliminate gender norms, women were more aggressive and men were more passive when the tests were designed to strip them of their stereotypes!