We're often referred to as 'the weaker sex' but when it comes to illness and infection, women are far tougher than men. We may still be struggling for superiority in the working world but when it comes to immune systems women are the triumphing sex. According to a new study, we are better programmed to resist infection enabling us to fend off germs that leave men struggling to cope.
The earliest organisms were, in a real sense, female—producing new individuals from their own bodies. Sex, although very old, was an afterthought, perhaps derived from other ways of exchanging and shuffling DNA, any of which foiled parasites by increasing variation. Ever since sex, there has been an almost inevitable tension between male and female.
Women also have a superior sense of hearing and can distinguish between different scents far better than men can. Everyone knew that already, but it took psychology professor Diane Halpern to establish that women are better at navigating any given area by using landmarks, which makes them better at finding the lost keys and the missing remote control than men are. Again—not exactly news!
The gender difference in writing ability is far larger than for reading, which is highly problematic given how essential writing skills are for college success. Much has been written about the fact boys tend to perform better than girls at math. But this focus has largely overshadowed a larger and more worrisome gender gap in an even more fundamental domain: reading and writing. A new study featuring data on more than three million American students reports girls outperform boys in reading and writing skills in fourth grade, and that gap increases over their next eight years of schooling.
With a named professorship and everything! Contrary to all received wisdom, women are more logical and less emotional than men. Women do cry more easily, and that, too, is partly biological.
And I think bosses, especially women bosses, expect more from their female staff members. You would think that for all those fine attributes, women would be the superior sex. But, too bad… they are not.
Barbara J. It is not just a matter of culture or upbringing. It is a matter of chromosomes, genes, hormones, and nerve circuits.
Differences in human intelligence have long been a topic of debate among researchers and scholars. With the advent of the concept of g or general intelligencemany researchers have argued for no significant sex differences in g factor or general intelligence,    while others have argued for greater intelligence for males,    and others for females. Some research indicates male advantages on some cognitive tests are minimized when controlling for socioeconomic factors. Prior to the 20th century, it was a commonly held view that men were intellectually superior to women.
Here's why. Ever look at the Nobel Prize list of winners? Ever peruse through the doctoral dissertation section of the library at your university?