Contrary to what many liberals say, gender is not a social construct. Gender is real and biologically based. Drawing on reliable sources in the biological and social sciences, here are 5 ways that men and women are different:

  1. Men and women listen differently

Research conducted at the Indiana University School of Medicine proves that men listen with only the left side of the brain, the side that is associated with math, science, logic, and reasoning. The right side of the brain is associated with creativity, imagination, and intuition. Women listen with both sides of the brain.

  1. Men and women perform and experience aggression differently

Men are more likely to engage in physical aggression than females. Women attribute their aggressive acts to excessive stress and a loss of self-control. Men often attribute their aggression to a desire to exert control over others. Men are also more likely to view their aggression as positive, whereas women feel more guilt after acting aggressively.

  1. Males are more likely to die from injuries and illnesses

Men’s higher suicide, homicide, and injury-by-accident mortality rates are observed in all age groups in low, middle, and high income countries. Men are also more likely than women to die of almost every disease and to die earlier.

  1. Men and women (literally) see the world differently

Women are better at perceiving subtle color differences that men cannot detect. However, men are more adept at detecting rapidly moving objects.  Evolutionary psychologists attribute these differences to different roles in the hunter-gatherer days. Men needed to be able to differentiate between prey and predators from afar (and act fast!), potentially explaining their sensitivity to rapid movement. Meanwhile, women developed better close range vision as they were responsible for foraging and gathering. 

  1. Men are more spatially aware

Men consistently outperform women on spatial tasks. Males’ parietal lobes are larger in surface area than females’. The parietal lobe is where taste, temperature, and touch information is processed. Neuroscientists link males’ larger parietal lobes to increased spatial processing abilities.

Jenn B