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5 False Myths About Gender Differences

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5 False Myths About Gender Differences

By: Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

Over the last few decades, touchy-feely self-help books have painted a picture of male-female relationships as something between an ongoing battle and a complete exercise in futility. They lecture that men and women are different, with completely different styles of communication, thinking, and behavior. They’re not just different sexes, they’re from entirely different planets, and never the twain shall meet.

If all these things were true, it would be a miracle that any two people managed to have a functioning relationship at all. Indeed, recent psychological research has shown that women and men are far more alike than they are different, and many of the things that we’re taught about the supposed differences in men’s and women’s brains are nothing but mere myths.

Myth #1: Men Are Better at Math
It’s been established that boys tend to do better on math tests and are more likely than girls to choose math-centric career paths, such as engineering, technology, and computers. The real problem, though, is not an actual biological handicap, but the perception that girls are inferior at math. Many tests, like one professors at the University of Texas and New York University conducted, found that when they tested groups of people who were primed to think about the bias against women, the women scored poorly, but in groups that were primed to think about gender-neutral subjects, the score gap disappeared. This “stereotype anxiety” is a well-known psychological phenomenon in testing, and many researchers now believe it accounts for much of girls’ lower performance on math tests.

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5:41PM PST on Dec 8, 2013

TY

5:41PM PST on Dec 8, 2013

thanks....

5:30PM PST on Dec 8, 2013

It's also interesting to note how strangely prevalent these foolish beliefs are.

5:28PM PST on Dec 8, 2013

That's absolutely true. Every single "difference" between men and women, from sexual.preferences to driving a car, are overwhelmingly socially engineered. The truth is we're way more alike than anything else really.

10:58PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thank you

10:57PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thank you

10:56PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thank you

10:55PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thank you

6:49PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

I know that it's all false, but the fact is there a lot of people believe in these alleged facts. The prejudice is there.

10:03AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

THANK. YOU.
myths like these are an unnecessary hindrance on our society.

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