Monday, March 28, 2011

Can I Get a Witness?

Ok, here's something new: a guy asserting that women are much better at well, pretty much everything than men, with research to prove it. Dan Abrams asserts that women are better cops, drivers, gamblers, spies, world leaders, beer tasters, and hedge fund mangers in his book Man Down. And what's more? He's a total fox (albeit, maybe a silver one).
In addition to the lofty claims of the title, he claims that women surpass male doctors because despite the fact that they make up 40% of the physician population, the comprise only 20% of all cases examined for medical misconduct or incompetence over a period of eight years in Britain. Other studies show that female doctors tend to be more encouraging and reassuring than male doctors and spend more time with patients leading to overall superior patient care.

The next myth he tackles is that men are better athletes than women. In terms of muscular endurance, women have almost twice that of men in the simplest measure possible, exertion over time. When exercising at the same activity in the same conditions, though women may not be faster or stronger than men, they can exercise for about 75% longer than men. Abrams suggests this could be due to the higher percentage of body fat (nothing like turning a negative into a positive) that helps regulate body temperature, and estrogen that helps protect muscles during exercise.

On top of all that? Women are better investors, taking the time to learn the full story before buying and selling stocks without the knowledge necessary. I'm not saying it's a competition. But if it was...we're winning!

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