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20 Statistical Differences Between Men and Women

Apart from the obvious, how do the sexes differ?

  1. The average height for men is 1.77m while women are on average 12cm shorter. (sexual
  2. The average female hip measurement is 1.00m while men’s hips are on average 8cm smaller. (sexual
  3. The average male weighs 78 kilos which is 13 kilos heavier than the average female. (sexual
  4. Women have a 78% greater chance of becoming blind. (World Health Organisation).
  5. Men are 2.7 times more likely to become involved in a road traffic accident. (World Health Organisation).
  6. Men are 4 times more likely to die of a smoking related illness. (World Health Organisation).
  7. Women are 3 times more likely to suffer from migraines compared to men. (FDA)
  8. Although men are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, women are more likely to die within 1 year of a heart attack. (FDA)
  9. There are an estimated 781 million illiterate adults in the world, about 64% of whom are women. (UNESCO)
  10. There are 103.5 million out-of-school children, of which 57% are girls. (UNESCO)
  11. 84% of parliamentary seats across the world are held by men. (United Nations).
  12. Men are 4 times more likely to subscribe to an internet dating website. (Jupiter Research).
  13. Although 58% of the world’s TV news readers are women, only 21% of news subjects are female. (WACC)
  14. Although 70% of asylum seekers are male, females have a 76% chance of being granted asylum while men have only a 68% chance. (UNECE)
  15. Women have less body water (52% for the average woman v. 61% for the average man). This means that a man’s body will automatically dilute the alcohol more than a woman’s body, even if the two people weigh the same amount. (Brown University)
  16. Men are twice as likely as women to become victims of online fraud. (spamfo)
  17. A male’s computer is 21% more likely to be affected by a virus compare to a female’s computer. (spamfo)
  18. Men are more intelligent than women by about five IQ points on average, making them better suited for “tasks of high complexity. (British Journal of Psychology)
  19. A study from the University of Nebraska Lincoln found college women to be more weight-conscious and more likely to diet than college men. Among men, 45.2% were overweight or obese, compared to 13.9% of women. But 57.4% of the women said they needed to lose weight, compared to 28.6% of the men.
  20. Men are approximately 3 times more likely to commit suicide then women. (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
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  1. Miss Smith

    On November 10, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    “Men are more intelligent than women by about five IQ points on average, making them better suited for “tasks of high complexity. (British Journal of Psychology)”

    OOoh, shout that one out to the tree tops! War might break out instantly!

  2. Chris

    On November 12, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    One more:

    Men spend 87% more nights on the sofa after forwarding this page to their wives.

  3. Robert (a guy!)

    On November 14, 2006 at 6:59 am

    Men are likelier than women to believe in this nonsense. (FYI, I read my first degree in psychology.) This *so* does *not* rule.

  4. Bettye

    On November 18, 2006 at 6:02 am

    Hmm, which man? Which woman?
    I know a LOT of men that have far lower IQ’s than I do.
    Of course, in my family the IQ’s are such that I have no problem admitting some (note the some) of the men have far higher IQ’s than I do. Of course, so do some of the women. And we all rank in the upper 20%. So, I repeat, which man-which woman?

  5. Geoff

    On November 28, 2006 at 11:58 am

    Be nice to forget the differences and just enjoy each others company. Lifes to short.

  6. Anti Geoff

    On December 2, 2006 at 5:26 am

    Enjoy the differences, I say.

  7. Jenni Nicart

    On December 5, 2006 at 9:42 am

    Statistics are riddled with boring old stereotyping. It’s no wonder folks have such a misguided opinion on the beautiful people that we all are.

  8. Vega

    On December 13, 2006 at 6:02 am

    the reason stereotypes persist so long is because they have some basis in fact, for example, blacks really are better at basketball because they have more jumping muscles. men are almost always physically stronger than women, but women almost always have better balance. I realize that this isn’t politically correct, but I don’t care. anyway, political correctness is something for the weak minded, something so they can believe that everyone has the same potential, the same strengths, to say such a thing is absurd, it can be seen every day that some people can’t do math, but can lift 800 pounds, while others can write creatively, but can’t name all 50 states. Some people can’t do anything, while others can do everything. we aren’t all equal, so stop claiming we are.

  9. Bethany

    On February 19, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Vegas comment seem to be proof that all these stats prove nothing, although they were a funny read (espically the “men are more likely to have their computer infected by a virus, gee I wonder why..). Most of these can be cast aside as true but dependent. Just to address his/her comment directly, black people have better “jumping muscles”? C’mon, that doesn’t even make sense. Most, though admittedly not all, are purely social differences, not phychological or phyisical. The average male plays more sports than then average female. So isn’t it logical to conclude that the average male will be better at sports, purely because they’ve played them. That says nothing to attest to what life would be like if it was the other way around. It’s more of our evolution and history, then phychology.

  10. Curtis Williams

    On February 19, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    My complements to the commentator who underscored the
    observation that the author was citing averages, not
    expressing gender hostility. Yet most comments revealed blind bias or inappropriate reactions to the
    statistics. How human it is to emote instead of thinking! That’s why we have controversy about the existence of a creator or first cause. Some people assume that such a first cause would anthropomorphic and beneficent like the God of the Bible. People like to take sides, even when it doesn’t make sense to do so. They join superstitious religions; and like William Jennings Bryan, adamantly support the ridiculous; not always because they cannot read, but because they do not think and want to belong and be loyal to a group, even if the group is a superstitious one. Einstein, Darrow, and Ingersoll were exceptions who loved truth more than most.

  11. Ryan

    On April 11, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Yes, some of the facts are purely societal. However, this isn’t the case for every difference between males and females. Recent scientific evidence suggests that males and females are different biologically and psychologically. It is the nurturing of these differences that has led to such a division between the sexes. For instance, it has been shown scientifically that males are more aggressive than females, even in the womb. This, they believe, is due to higher levels of testosterone in male embryos. I feel we should preach equality, but recognize that we are different. It is in this that women will find true equality in the United States; equality based on their traits, not on the traits of males. And to note, all people are different. Behavioral research is based on averages, not a case-by-case basis.

  12. lola

    On July 2, 2007 at 4:47 am

    haha so funny but thanks for the information.

  13. lola

    On July 2, 2007 at 4:49 am

    its me again tell me more about it ok??

  14. Jack

    On August 23, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    I agree with Ryan on some of the facts being societal. The men in some cultures will not allow the women to get educated to the same degree. If they would, the literacy statistics would certainly shift to balance things out as would the intelligence ratios. Even in North America, women are often derailed from pursusing the same level of education or career as men due to pregnancy and other family obligations. It would be interesting to see some IQ statistics across American Universities between men and women that are the same age in the same graduate level programs…

  15. Raluca

    On September 21, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Mr archbold, you’re obviously an idiot.

  16. Katie

    On October 2, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Well, I don’t know really understand why everyone is so huffy.

    I think this was well-researched and well-thought out, and besides–most everyone knows that statistics only show the average.

    Some women are above average. Some men are above average. I know women smarter than men, and men smarter than women. I found this article enjoyable. =)

  17. Jay

    On February 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I like stupid women. They are easier to lie to.

  18. TommyChong

    On February 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    It hurts to realize that on average, you are not as intelligent as a man. So, in order to avoid pain, I will create a study to prove that the results were skewed, or biased, etc… Blah blah

    Same old story.

  19. Gali,

    On February 11, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    i like stupid men. they easier to lie to ha ha ha

  20. Anthony

    On February 15, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    huh? what? what is going on?

  21. Gary

    On February 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I know women with higher IQ’s than myself, and I love that. I want a woman that’s has an IQ nearly equal to mine, or greater.
    I know women stronger than me as well. I don’t think that’s a bad thing either. In fact, it makes more things more interesting and more fun. I enjoy the challenges both a smart and a strong woman present in daily life.
    I really do not care for a woman that is a great deal weaker or one that has a much lower IQ than myself. For the most part, where is the fun in being the superior or the more dominant person all the time. I like a woman that can give me a “run for my money” whenever possible!

  22. Chris

    On March 2, 2008 at 9:44 am

    There is really no excuse, unless you are physically handicapped, for a woman to be physically stronger than you. That would imply that she busts her butt in exercise daily while you sit on the couch and atrophy away.

  23. Camron C

    On March 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    For anyone that took all this to heart, if you ever take/took research classes you learn that research is always bias. Whether on purpose or not, no one person is completely neutral, and people know the results the “boss” is looking for.

  24. lily

    On March 28, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    That IQ comment is absolutely wrong.

  25. kim

    On April 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    In all fairness, some of the items above are true. “Men are approximately 3 times more likely to commit suicide then women. (Royal College of Psychiatrists)” this is true but women make more attempts (parasuicidal behavior). The arguments about reasons for women having lower IQs are not in vein; however, the IQ test has been proven to be an ineffective way of measuring intelligence which makes any opinion either way kind of irrelevant. I hope no one is getting too upset about this stuff. There are much better things in life to focus on . Have a great day everyone!

  26. Tom

    On May 28, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Ssshhhh! Can we have some quiet around here all you all!

  27. Nycole

    On August 5, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Wow, Peter your responses are a bit defensive, you think?!

  28. Monomatapa

    On August 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Its sooo funny that war breaks out about 5 points difference in general IQ.
    Its sometimes “politically inappropriate” to tell the truth :P
    (read “stupid”)

  29. Monomatapa

    On August 6, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    If I was a woman I would be more concerned about getting blind :p

  30. Kate

    On September 2, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I think Peter is the one who cannot understand a simple statistic.

  31. What?

    On September 15, 2008 at 6:57 am

    A lot of people on here are overreacting to some simple stats.

    I can’t understand why people are attacking the author. He hasn’t even put forward his opinion. And there are many of the stats which make men look bad which are being ignored.

  32. ali

    On November 29, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I think it’s very interesting to note that although women are withheld education and thus literacy, they are still ‘on average’ only 5 IQ points behind men. I wonder how these IQ stats would change, if all things were truly equal?

  33. Steve

    On December 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    The reason the scores are so close is because IQ has to do with intelligence, not knowledge. Schooling doesn’t affect IQ.

  34. dme

    On February 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    It’s silly for everyone to get so mad over nothing. Men and women are different. Otherwise, we’d all be one or the other. I agree whis whoever said political correctness is for the weak minded. So evident here!

  35. John

    On March 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I think that we need to focus on the facts of the study and not try to interpret it according to our prejudices and emotions. If you don´t like the results then do an objective analysis of why the study is flawed. Simply stating that all studies or all IQ studies are useless and biased does not get us closer to understanding the topic. Also the study does not deny that women might have other strengths to compensate for less average IQ. It only talks about gender IQ differences.

  36. Love is the answer

    On April 14, 2009 at 12:10 am

    God created men and women to be different but equal, this is what the Bible says and it is being proven true more and more. Let’s embrace our traits and not argue about the silly things. Everyone that reads this have a blessed day and always seek Truth.

  37. Jthemac

    On April 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Truth seekers, this study is skewed as it is based on societies that are skewed. The reasons for such differences in the sexes besides the reproductive ones are due to millenia of social breeding. Cultures influence the way genes are expressed, as well they shape the viable mutations of an organism. This is to say the vast majority or differences in men and women are completley tied to the traditional patriarchal environment. Now if we had a chance to study men and women who were absent of this genetic herritage and cultural pressures we would get a much more accurate measure of our real differences. All these statistics show are what differences we can produce with generations of social control, environmental control, as well as how we construct our means of gathering data. All in all I don’t think it is possible to get a really accurate picture of differences in the sexes as our conception of the sexes have been so tied to these aspects.

  38. Jthemac

    On April 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Oh and Steve, ur statement is just false, it has been shown repeatedly that IQ tests are culturally based and that the more educated one is the better they will perform. The differences can be between 1 and several IQ points. Admittedly this isn’t always a huge difference, but it does outline that we cant accurately measure IQ until we can sepparated out the questions or problems that are assisted by ones level of education and familiarity with the culture administering the test.

  39. Jthemac

    On April 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    As well I believe an elitest attitude is the haven of the weak and scared, maybe not the stupid though. To say that people are different and we should accept that is to say “I have very little understanding of just how much society has shaped my genetic herritage” Admittedly yes, obviously some people are going to be better at certain things than others, maybe a lot better, but how much of this is due to culture, genetic herritage and environment? The reason you should support egalitarian ideals is that it promotes the concept egalitarian societies which intern can reduce the extreme differences in the capabilities of people. People can become more equal by treating eachother as more equal. Eventualy the differences between smart and dumb , or skilled or non or strong and weak will be so small as to only matter in cases of extreme precision.

  40. Jthemac

    On April 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Of course this is all based on the idea that people will actually want to shed their superiority. NOt likely…

  41. KalleKula

    On April 28, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Jthemac: People ARE genetically different. That’s a fact and not a matter of opinion. I’m not sure what kind of research and studies you’ve read, if any, but there is plenty out there if you want to educate yourself in the matter. Your opinions seems to be made mostly from an emotional point of view rather than an intellectual and scientific one.

    How you treat those differences are subject to opinion of course. What you are describing however sounds close to horrible. Conformity supresses the individual and if you don’t recognize the fact that some people are a lot smarter and some are a lot dumber than the average you will effectively discriminate against respective group.

    A more hands on way to measure intelligence is to look at people who are nothing short of being geniuses (contemporary) and child prodigies. One thing you’ll notice is that the majority are men. I offer three simplified explanations for this.

    A) Men are genetically more likely to reach those levels of intelligence.
    B) The societies caters to men first and foremost.
    C) Coincidence.

    It’s of course A. But it’s more PC to claim C and/or B.

    On the flip side, the same is true when it comes to utter retards, you’ll find more men there as well.

    It doesn’t mean that one sex is better or worse than the other of course. Personally i think the inherent differences in men and women complement eachother and benefit mankind as a whole.

  42. Jthemac

    On April 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the not so thinking imput kalle, I never said or purported anyting of the sort. Of course we have different genetic potential. My argument is not an emotional one unless you think that the principles of equality and egalitarianism are utter bull based on nothing but fantasy. In that case you are exactly the kind of person im talking about. Look at what I have said, address the points. You can always win an argument with a straw man. As I said earlier “People can become more equal by treating eachother as more equal. Eventualy the differences between smart and dumb , or skilled or non or strong and weak will be so small as to only matter in cases of extreme precision.” This is not opinion, this is observable in many instances in the natural world. What I was saying before you so conveniently turned off your reasoning and logical abilities was not that we aren’t genetically different, but that these differences are exacerbated and influenced by thousands of years of patriarchal environments. Another fact. If you have an actual rebuttal to what I said I would love to hear it. Or is it that you thought you dissagreed with me when we are really on the same page? Does it really scare you to imagine a world where everyone is what we today woudl consider brilliant? Afraid to give up your position of privilledge?

  43. KalleKula

    On April 30, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I did adress your points. I wanted to keep it relatively short though, so i didn’t elaborate much.

    I’m all for treating people as equals, that we can agree on. Everyone should have equal rights. But there’s a world apart between having equal worth as a human being, compared with having equal individual traits which you go on about. No amount of nurturing (as in Nature vs. Nurture) can change what we were born with. It’s kind of like saying that if we treat everybody as the same height, eventually we will be the same height. It’s of course a little different with traits you can’t directly observe at first glance. Like aptitude for academia, sports or in arts for example. You can actually level out that playingfield if you supress those who excel in an area and support and make apologies for those who are less than able. And suddenly people aren’t treated equally any longer, are they?

    Maybe that’s not what you meant, but that’s what you’re actually saying. I doubt you realize that yourself however since you probably have formed your opinions on incorrect information. Information based on emotions (or lies for that matter) rather than science.

    You might have a point that natural-selection has worked against women if you can prove that intelligent women systematically has had less offspring compared to intelligent men during the evolution of mankind. Since that can’t be done as far as i’m aware, you’re making that point from an emotional perspective. So it’s far from a fact. I’m also not sure if our genetic code has changed that much since the birth of our spieces. I’m certain that males have been taller and stronger than females from the get go, and likely, more intelligent. You could of course take it one step further and blame it on the pathriarcal society in our special ancestors :P

    “Does it really scare you to imagine a world where everyone is what we today woudl consider brilliant?”

    It doesn’t scare me one bit. But until we can genetically engineer our offspring that ain’t gonna happen.

  44. Jthemac

    On May 2, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    You really are missing my point Kalle, I’m not talking about a one generation thing, what I am proposing, and this is backed up by ugenic science, is called selective breeding and nurturing. And the fact is that you are correct that no amount of nurturing can change our genes, but science does say quite impirically that the environment determines and organisms genetic expression, or in other words our nurturing determines the course our dna will take with regard to the traits we exhibit. What I’m proposing is a society that encourages our best genes to the fore. After a few genereations of this kind of raising, and this is a fact as well, capabilities begin to normalize with a rising average of capability. These are not emotional arguments but scientific ones based on behaviorism and genetic theory. And the fact is that for the majority of human society our environments have been designed to benefit a few at the expense of a majority, and thus we have such a degree of discrepency in abilities. Species evolve in evironments not despite them. Am i clear now?

  45. eli

    On May 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Bottom line, women are wierd! But I like wierd very much!

  46. Risha

    On May 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    based on my observation, women are far more greater when it comes to verbal skills while men are good in mathematical and spatial abilities.

  47. dotun.o

    On May 22, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Let me first start off by saying that equal opportunity and regard are necessary, and it is sad societies was never built this way from the get-go.

    Ironically, the feminist movement – in the form that it took – that sought to achieve balance has also been the greatest poison for society and even women themselves.

    Men and women are equal parts of the human race, but not the same. How do I mean? Two halves of an apple are equal, but not the same – a left half and a right one. A North pole and a South pole of a magnet are equal but not the same.

    Men and women are COMPLEMENTARY in nature, not clones of each other. Each offers what the other lacks, to achieve completeness.

    You could never have a whole apple pairing two right halves, or a complete magnet with two south poles, or both poles trying to act the same. The feminist movement should have sought equality and respect for women by emphasizing the value of the activities of women, not encouraging women to emulate men.

    Take for instance, the idea of a “housewife” as a stigma. Exactly why is it simply assumed to be demeaning if a woman chooses to run her home and nurture its members? Is it because it doesn’t bring home a paycheck? Does it not require time, effort, skill, etc.? Would someone not be PAID to do it if no one else were available? Does that not then place a value on it (besides the fact that money should be neither primary nor sole goal, and some things simply transcend money)?

    Consider that the nucleus of society is the home. As such, the nature of the home and its members reflects on society, whose members spring from a home or other. So, if a woman runs a home, and produces upstanding members out of her home, who then go on to influence society positively, does she not then in fact influence society? Why is such a noble task frowned upon, by women for that matter?

    Consider that since the feminist revolution (in the form we have it), there has been a MARKED increase in schisms among both sexes, failed relationships, divorce, single-parent homes, broken homes, children from those broken homes, etc. You’d have to be quite selective in observation not to notice this. An unbridgeable gap immediately exists when women wish to part of what is feminine in them, simply because of a hitherto erroneous view that this part was inferior. Again, the problem is not the desire for equality, but the form it is being sought.

    I’m not saying a woman HAS to be a housewife (though where there are young children her presence has no substitute), but it is insulting to womanhood if such a praiseworthy task is looked down upon, much less by women themselves.

    By nature, men are driven more towards executing activities, while women toward nurturing activities. That is why, EVEN WITH EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, you will find, say, more men construction workers than women, and more women nurses than men. And, needless to say, there are certain non-specific activities, such as the arts, music, etc. Note that “nurturing” is not to be taken in children/motherhood/family sense only, but everywhere where nurturing is predominant.

    What does a woman really gain trying to emulate men, attempting certain things which she will 9 out of 10 times never be able to do as well as a man, things which she has to acquire and merely imitate, yet which come naturally to the man because Nature inclines him towards them?

    And to the point that the patriarchal system is the reason for the difference: the domination-suppression of the past definitely has its effects, but it is ill-advised to think that men and women would be “clones” if otherwise. Surely you would not extend this to even physical organs, the ones unique to each sex? And what about the animal kingdom, where male and female roles are maintained? No sexism there, my friend.

    Emphasis MUST be placed on the contribution of women as women, for society as we have it today is in great part a result of suppressing and/or rejecting such contributions.

    Cast off the hypocrisy that is Political Correctness and UNDERSTAND reality!

  48. Cameron

    On May 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    lol debating … Is there any point in it? Everyone has their opinion. Each person’s opinion isn’t going to change, especially not because of something that someone wrote over the internet.

    The truth is that these statistics are flawed anyway (for the most part when comparing women and men as a whole) because there is no control. If the amount of men and women in the statistics were completely even, then we may have something, but it’s just not going to work out that way. Not only that, but there is no way that we have access to every record of every male and every female on the planet. It’s just an educated guess to put up a statistic.

    It holds with the saying: 70% of statistics are made up on the spot.

    The differences between men and women are great tho. Competition will always exist. That’s why men are better :P

  49. Jesse

    On June 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm


    Let’s agree to disagree, strength is not something one is born with, yet something one can obtain!!

    Statistics are flawed for example a stay at home mom is not the same as a mother who attends university, so how can we compare them, well it is always easy to use sex.

    Iq statistics,for a women I’m well above average, therefore to compare me to most men would be to throw them down 5 points and English is not my first language. I’m not here to judge but I think size is irrelevant as the saying goes the taller you are the harder you fall???

    There will always be men and women who contradict the rules we know as human, I like a good challenge especially when its risky, competition is not just for boys, now why would I let you guys have all the fun?

    “QUOTE”And what about the animal kingdom, where male and female roles are maintained? No sexism there, my friend”QUOTE”

    “would like to meet animals that can grasp legal concepts and write comments, care to share?”

  50. dotun.o

    On July 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    @ #51,

    “would like to meet animals that can grasp legal concepts and write comments, care to share?”

    That is out of the context of the point made. Re-read the post: the reference lies in the fact that Nature clearly defines masculine and

    feminine inclinations (and of course, the gender-neutral ones). Will you maintain your are not subject to Nature’s Laws?

    “[...]strength is not something one is born with, yet something one can obtain!!”

    Yes, it is developed, but the genetic predisposition and exists, make no mistake about that: in men, higher testosterone levels, better

    fat-to-muscle ratio, greater upper body strength, thicker muscles and joints, thicker skulls, etc. I don’t think that really needs to be stated; it’s

    quite obvious. There is a reason for the admonition never to hit a woman; that admonition would be unnecessary if men and women were

    evenly matched physically.
    It is quite obvious that men are more physical disposed; few exceptions being say female bodybuilders who, after the testosterone shots,

    narrowed hips, shriveled breasts, and Adam’s apple, don’t exactly qualify as women anymore.
    This again still goes back to my point: why the self-delusion that we are the same (equal, yes; same, obviously not)? Why not recognize how

    we complement each other?

  51. coolman9999uk

    On September 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I’m sure the IQ statistic is true, but I think IQ tests are biased towards mathematical intelligence. I’m good at maths, always have been, Im doing a PhD in it, and I have a high IQ, but I’m pretty crap at everything else, reading, writing, foreign languages, memory, organising, multi-tasking…it’s all rubbish.

    Girls do seem to be worse at maths though, maths degrees are dominated by men, and the higher up you go, to masters and PhD, the more the ratio skews towards men. I’m not talking about mental arithmetic, which is what most people think of (mine is again rubbish), I’m talking about logical reasoning and understanding of abstract principles. Nearly all of my professors were men, and some of them I was in complete awe of their brilliance. There was only one woman in my department and she was absolutely rubbish. Shockingly bad. She was the type who learned everything by memory, and I swear I could beat her at her own exams.

    Anyway I’m rambling now. Don’t think this is an anti-woman comment or anything, I just think that logical/mathematical ability is too influencial in IQ scores and yes, I think men are, on average, better at these. From experience though it’s very likely that women are better, on average again, at communicating, organising, multitasking, memory, and virtually every other brain function there is.

  52. Betha

    On December 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    \”9.There are an estimated 781 million illiterate adults in the world, about 64% of whom are women. (UNESCO)
    10.There are 103.5 million out-of-school children, of which 57% are girls. (UNESCO)
    11.84% of parliamentary seats across the world are held by men. (United Nations).\”

    You know, I actually like your findings.

    I am not sure if you were attempting to illustrate some of the inequalities women face around the globe, or if you were trying to make a claim that, based off of that data, that men are inherently smarter than women.

    But something tells me you were trying to do the latter. Check with the UN again; find out why those statistics are important. Instead of these statistics illustrating that men are inherently smarter, more motivated, or more professional, a more probable cause for the data might be related to how little opportunities girls and young women are faced with in many parts of the undeveloped world. In many countries, take Afghanistan for example, young girls are discouraged from attending school at all. In many other areas in the world, young women are married off. They do not have the opportunities to earn a college or professional degree. Too often, as adults, women are illiterate.

    If you have ever taken an introductory statistics course though, you would know that neither of our explanations can be proven or considered to be factual. This is a correlational study, not an actual experiment in which all confounding variables are controlled. And what is the very first lesson you learn in introductory statistics? Correlation is not causation. (But, you\’re all men, so of course you wouldn\’t need a statistics course to tell you that. Because you\’re inherently good a math, right?)

  53. harri Skully

    On February 6, 2010 at 6:36 am

    a percentage of men may score higher in IQ scores, however you neglected to mention that an equal percentage of men also score lower than women on average in IQ tests.

    One reason why women score lower than men on IQ scores because women tensd to stick at a problem they have difficulty solvind, where men are more likely to give up and move onto the next question, bearing in mind IQ tests are timed so Men are able to answer more questions and will get some of the questions they couldnt anser right by chance.

    By the way i happened to have the highest IQ score in my school, beating the seacond highest score by 10 marks, and yes, i am a woman!

  54. harri Skully

    On February 6, 2010 at 6:36 am

    a percentage of men may score higher in IQ scores, however you neglected to mention that an equal percentage of men also score lower than women on average in IQ tests.

    One reason why women score lower than men on IQ scores because women tend to stick at a problem they have difficulty solving, where men are more likely to give up and move onto the next question, bearing in mind IQ tests are timed so Men are able to answer more questions and will get some of the questions they couldn’t answer right by chance.

    By the way i happened to have the highest IQ score in my school, beating the second highest score by 10 marks, and yes, i am a woman!

  55. reegrdsgergey

    On March 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    This was written by a man, no doubt. 18 is completely ridiculous.

  56. Felix

    On March 13, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Men probably have higher IQ. This can have 2 reasons.
    1. IQ can be trained and men tend to train this skill more.
    2. The part of the brain that work with problems like IQ tests is the right half. While a being in the belly, boys get more testosterone than girls, this does not only have the impact on the development of the penis it also makes the right half of a males brain more dominant.
    Girls on the other hand have a better balance between the two halfs witch give them the advantage when it comes to combining facts and come up with conclusions.

  57. Jim

    On March 15, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    You are a complete and utter MORON for writing this.
    (-FROM A GUY)
    You disgrace our kind. – Jim

    Form my wife :: Go to hell lol. I have a PHD in Psychology and this is nonsense. I hope nobody actually believes what you are writing is the truth. – Olivia

  58. Kaila

    On March 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I don’t care what this thing says. Women and men are made and created similar yet different because we all have a purpose in this world. :)

    And I’m 14, not 21

  59. Dave

    On August 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    @reegrdsgergey “This was written by a man, no doubt. 18 is completely ridiculous.”

    You are obviously a women, and one who cannot read. This fact is from the British Journal of Psychology.

    I quote (notice the ending in particular):

    “18. Men are more intelligent than women by about five IQ points on average, making them better suited for “tasks of high complexity. (British Journal of Psychology)”

    I always knew men were smarter than women, now there are facts to rove it. :-) .

  60. Nunya

    On August 29, 2010 at 12:48 am

    To the idiot Dave: You are obviously a moron who doesn’t know the difference between singular and plural. Also wtf is up with “now there are facts to “rove” it? What “facts”? Those 5 IQ points that men score higher on than women are probably male sports trivia questions.

  61. Nunya

    On August 29, 2010 at 12:51 am

    This is an interesting article to those of you who believe that men are smarter than women:

  62. Hali Ford

    On December 21, 2010 at 12:58 am

    There are a lot of other variables that play into these differences than sex.

  63. Johnathan

    On December 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Bettye, obviously the person who wrote this is referring to the average IQ of a large number of people, not just one male and one female. You probably know this though, so I don’t know why you bother asking..

    I’ve heard before that the difference is possibly because men have a higher variance in their scores compared to women who do not vary as much in their scores. Also men tend to score higher on math related parts of the test, whereas women tend to score higher in language related parts of the test. In my opinion language is easier to learn than math, so even someone not good at language probably wouldn’t do completely terrible on that part of the test. Even if you aren’t good at language a person will still have some skill in it, you have to use it a lot even if it isn’t your strong suit. People who are terrible at math aren’t really forced to use it as much. (or at least not to a very high level) I could be completely wrong though.
    Either way an IQ test is definitely not perfect as there are just too many variables to make a perfect test

  64. Matt

    On January 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Just remeber people that these statistics are based on averages.
    Think about the start of human evoloution, men were always the hunter/gatherers, women nurtured the young, made clothes and helped cooked. Fast forward to todays times and things are pretty much the same only hunting/gathering is working and putting food on the table, and women’s is still nurture the young etc. This is why men on average have more IQ and its only 5 points FFS, because we had to hunt and catch animals and think about it, men built this world and all its gismo’s that women dont care how it works and take for granted like cars, hairdryers, air-conditioning etc. Men have more brain cells then women, to do complex tasks like being a engineer or a NASA scientist etc, I mean Einstein was no women. But women do have more brain cells that connect the left and right side brain which means they are better at general problem solving and day to day living problems, so to me it actually all evens out and men and women have thier advantages and disadvantages. In the end God and Mother Nature made things this way for a reason and like I said it all balances out in the end to equallness.

    On the joke side of things, Eve was not decieved, she ate the apple because Eden/Paradise/Perfection was not good enough for her, which we all know women can never be pleased.
    Adam was F@*K THAT, Im not getting kicked out of Paradise over a stupid apple.
    There – Proof that men are smarter. LOL just kidding !!!!

  65. GGtau

    On February 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Thx For examples

  66. Katie

    On March 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Am I the only women who can accept that a man is smarter statistically? Honestly, I prefer a man to be smarter. That way I know we can have an intelligent conversation. If a woman can’t accept tha fact that a man might be smarter than a woman, then that’s proving a lot of stereotypes for women.

  67. Taelor

    On May 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    These are all true, but read between the lines. If a 16 year old can figure that out you TROLLS should be able to also.

  68. Chelsea Knicks

    On June 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I’m a girl and I simply don’t care. Why are women all over freaking out by this. My dad was smarter than my mom and they just loved each other. My mom was very artsy and my dad was very smart and always protected her. I’m not saying that’s how all families should be but it worked just fine in mine. I want a man who’s smarter than me and stronger. Women need to stop being such jerks and just accept statistics but sill stay true to what happens in real life…your life.

  69. a man

    On September 26, 2011 at 2:32 am

    When women freak out about facts and statistics reguarding women versus men, those women are just being insecure. Okay to all you trifling women out there… YOU are the ones who make statistics seem to target women in a negative way, not the human race as a whole. If anything you should be proud you are gaining insight on new things that are actually important to an extent, reguarding the human race.

    You see, these women do no think logically. (Note for all trifling women: I’m targeting specifically you insecure women, not the female gender as a whole.)

  70. Samantha Pearson

    On October 28, 2011 at 2:57 am

    It’s ok if we have differences in general, people. Everyone relax.

    I really don’t think I can beat a man in arm wrestling, nor could any of the women I know that I can think of. Do I care? Absolutely not.

    I don’t know many men that look acceptable in a dress. Nor do I know any men running around stomping their feet demanding to be taken seriously in a dress.

    Which is more important? Neither. It’s quite simple.

  71. Cristina

    On December 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Stop taking this so personally. Have confidence in your own abilities and better yourself as a person, man or woman. Dominance is irrelevant. We need each other to survive. Men could not perform all tasks a woman can nor could a woman perform all tasks a man can. Stereotypes are such an archaic way of thinking. It shows weakness as an individual not as a particular gender.

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