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By Stephen Pederson

Gender Inequality Still Exists

An ancient statue of a man and woman

Man and Woman

… But It’s Not Exactly What You Think

Since the 1960′s the rise of gender equality issues brought to the forefront by the women’s liberation and feminism movements has been a hot topic for numerous institutions such as the United Nations, Unicef, and almost all of the governments of the Western World.  Although differences still exist, over the decades significant gaps have closed in many areas including education, wealth, and seats in legaslative assemblies.  However, gender inquality still exists and in some situations  – and for some of these differences that is not necessarily a bad thing for women or men.  To understand what we mean by this, keep reading.

Here are a some items where gender equality does not exist and the great differences between men and women:

  • 75% to 80% of the criminal offenders are men
  • 80 to 85% of lightning strike fatalities are men
  • Women lead men in only two areas of criminal activity: prostitution and underage runaway convictions
  • Men wash their hands to a lesser degree than women
  • Men are less likely to provide a favor when asked
  • Women are two times more likely to have a phobia than men
  • Men are less capable to admit that they do not know the answer to a question when they did not know

And if some the above items did not give women cause to appreciation some forms of gender inquality, then the following will likely do so.  Men are much more likely to die from the following than are women:

  •  Men are 3 times more like to die from accidents in general
  • Men are 3 times more likely to die from homicide than women
  • Men are 3 times more likely to die from alcoholism than women
  • Men are 4 times more likely to die from drowning
  • Men are 6 times more likely to die from a sporting activity
  • Men are 6 times more likely to die from an airplane crash
  • Men are 7 times more likely to die from a fall from a building
  • Men are 9 times more likely to die from a train crash
  • Men are 12 times more likely to die from falling from a ladder
  • Men are 16 times more likely to die from electrocution
  • Men are 32 times more likely to die from police gun fire
  • Men are 60 times more likely to die from war

And in the spirit of fairness, here are a couple of instances where women are much more likely to suffer a fatality than are men:

  • Women are twice as likely to die from a mental disorder than men
  • Women are 3 times more likely to die from senility
  • Women are 170 times more likely to die from breast cancer than men (and yes, men can contract breast cancer)

 

For more on gender differences that still exist, listen to the following podcast from www.Freakonomics.com:

Women are not Men

 

Picture courtesy of morgueFile.com

 

 

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