Finally! 6 of Your Q's About Women Solved
There are hundreds maybe even thousands of questions we have about women and although we don't have answers to all of them (yet), science and research have answered these 6 questions and revealed startling insights that you may not have known about those of us called “the fairer sex”:
1. Why do women always hear the car “making a noise”?
Women don’t really have any physical advantage over men when it comes to hearing, but there are some differences in our hearing range. For instance, women are better at hearing higher frequencies, while men are better at hearing sounds that are much quieter. As to hearing a car’s thumps, bumps, and grinds, there may be a brainy reason. In one study, the researchers watched the left and right brains of females and males on an MRI while listening to portions of a John Grisham novel. No one knows why yet, but the men listened with the left side of the brain (associated with listening and speech), while women predominantly with the left, but also parts of the right side (creative, intuitive). And no, this doesn’t mean that car noises sound like a Grisham novel, but that women’s brains interpret sounds better. It also may be why women seem to be more sensitive to the tone of someone’s voice.
2. Why do women shop differently than men?
One of my husband’s favorite sayings is, “women shop, men buy.” And it makes perfect sense to me. From what I’ve seen, “shopping expert” is a mostly female vocation. One study sends the reason back to the early days of our evolving ancestors when men had thoughts about hunting, while women had more nurturing, gathering thoughts. To translate, men had to decide which animal to hunt and when to go looking for it; once the job was done, they returned home. Women looked for the right raspberry bush, the right seeds, the right nuts, the right herbs and vegetables--in other words, the best health- giving foods. Choosing the wrong nut or herb could kill; so we became used to “shopping around” for our food--not the grab and go philosophy of most men.
3. Why do women always seem to be colder than men?
No, we're not talking frigid here, but cold, as in chilled or, as the dictionary reads, "feeling an uncomfortable lack of warmth." Although we all feel the cold to some extent, studies have shown that, overall, women really do feel the cold more than men. In fact, women are able to conserve heat better than men, an evolutionary adaptation to help us survive--and no doubt to keep the species going. Women also have a more evenly distributed fat layer (and less muscle mass) then men, allowing the heat to be pulled into the core to protect vital organs. All this means less blood flowing to the extremities, or our feet and hands--and when our feet and hands get cold, our entire body feels cold. It makes me cold just thinking about it.
4. Why don’t women like creepy crawling things like spiders and snakes?
I’m not one to shy from spiders or snakes, but I know many women (and men) who don’t even like to hear the critters mentioned in a sentence. I found out that one of the world’s most common phobias is arachnophobia, the fear or spiders. They always seem to be the scapegoats of the insect world--and they’re not even insects, but have their own family (arachnids). Now researchers believe that women in particular are born with a natural fear of spiders--and according to some studies, women may be four times more likely to fear arachnids (and snakes) than men. The study was conducted on a group of girls and boys aged eleven months: Each was shown a picture of a spider and of a smiling human face. The girls spent more time gazing at the smiling human, while the boys spent an equal amount of time gazing at both pictures. It's probably evolution again--men were hunter/gatherers and women had to protect the children. The researchers believe it made sense for the females to be more cautious of creatures associated with venom--and that fear still resides in the recesses of the modern female brain.
5. What makes human female breasts so different?
All right, I already know what you’re all going to say. But there really are differences in the human female breasts--compared to the other mammalian creatures of the world. According to scientists who study primates--and humans are included on that list--human female breasts are not duplicated anywhere. After other mammalian animals give birth and suckle their young, their mammary glands essentially deflate. Not the human female. Ours stay "inflated" whether we suckle our young or don’t have any children. The main reason is that other mammals’ breasts contain milk for their young; human females’ breasts don’t contain all milk (only when pregnant or breast-feeding), but are mostly a mix of connective and fatty tissues. For that reason, when we lose weight, our breasts often shrink a bit, too (and, or course, all bets are off with “breasts enhancements”).
6. What are the differences between his and her eyelashes?
There’s a reason for all those mascara advertisements: when it comes to female versus male eyelashes, women got the short end of the mascara wand. Men, in most case, have much longer lashes. But we’re all in the same eyelash boat when it comes to what lurks in the follicles of almost every human eyelid: the Darth Vader-sounding creatures called Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis--both often called eyelash mites. If you want to make people squirm just explain to them how the less-than-0.4-millimeter-long wormlike Demodex live in the pores and hair follicles all over your body--and yes, in the roots of your eyelashes. Don’t feel bad about them--they have a job to do, silently feeding on secretions and dead skin debris.
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