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5 False Myths About Gender Differences

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Myth #2: Men Are More Competitive
In many societies, the stereotype is that men are competitive and women are collaborative. Some studies of Western subjects confirm this bias, but a study conducted by professors from Columbia University and the University of Chicago found surprising results in cultures that haven’t been subjected to this bias, such as the Masai, a patriarchal tribe from Tanzania, and the Khasi, a matrilineal group from India. In the patriarchal society, the men were more competitive than the women were, but in the matrilineal society, it was the women who were more competitive. The researchers interpreted their findings as evidence that there is no biological basis for competitive drive, and that differences between the sexes are merely social biases, reflecting the fact that young girls and boys are socialized differently.

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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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