The Difference Between Men and Women

February 12, 2007 at 11:39 pm 36 comments

malefemalesign.jpgHe’s gotta have it.  She can wait. 

They’re not the same in their beds or in their heads. 

Does she really talk more?  And why doesn’t he listen? 

Why do women go to the bathrooms in groups? 

Are we shaped by society or is it nature’s design? 

Gender – it’s bigger than sex. 

This is the introduction to the ABC 20/20 Special – The Difference Between Men and Women that got me hooked. 

Here are some excerpts from that show that will answer the gender myths and will make you understand not only your partner but also your sons and daughters. 

We often joke that women are less able to read maps and men just don’t ask questions.  But is there a scientific explanation for this?  In an experiment, students were blindfolded and led through a maze of tunnels underneath a campus.  When asked where a college building was, women rarely knew, but the men showed a better sense of spatial relations.  In another experiment, students were taken to a cluttered room and asked to stay there for two minutes.  They were then moved to a different room and asked to remember what they saw in the other room.  Women proved to have a better memory and even gave detailed answers.  The men answered, “I don’t know.  There was some stuff there.” 

A study on babies showed that girls sat up without support earlier than boys did.  Boys crawled independently away from their caretaker earlier than girls. 

Newborns were also observed and it was found that males startle more than females.  Females rhythmically mouth, they suck on their tongues, they move their lips and so forth than males do.  Male babies make less eye contact with their mothers than female babies.  Could this explain why men don’t listen?  The male brain has a harder time processing the female voice versus the male voice. 

Why do men fall asleep after sex?  It could be that men have more orgasms than women do. 

Do women have Adam’s apple?  Yes, although it is less prominent than men’s.  The Adam’s apple is actually a thyroid cartilage and testosterone causes it to enlarge.  A few women celebrities that have prominent Adam’s apple are Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock and Nikki Hilton. 

Who snores more?  Men, because they tend to drink and smoke more.  Besides, women have wider air circumference.  And when men gain weight, they gain more weight around the neck. 

Who cheats more?  80% of women remain faithful.  65% of men are faithful. 

Are women the worst drivers?  Men think that they are better because of the mechanical thing.  But actually, women are safer drivers.  Men take more risk and display reckless behaviour.  Men are more impatient on the road.  They are more likely to get into accidents, speed more, drive drunk and have twice as many fatal crashes as women.  A World Health Organization study says that masculinity may be hazardous to health. 

The Female Brain


 Is there such a thing as the female brain?  Is that why women go to the bathroom in packs? 

Male brain and female brain look the same at birth.  Female is nature’s default setting.  Only after a surge of testosterone do the boy’s brain begin to look male. 

Right out of the womb, the girl is already better at reading faces and hearing human vocal tones.  For the next two years, the girl’s ovaries will pump adult levels of estrogen.  From six to nine months, the boy’s testicles will be flooded with adult levels of testosterone. 

You can tell a boy, “Don’t touch that,” over and over and they won’t listen.  There’s also a difference at the way girls and boys play with each other.  Girls are much more collaborative.  Boys are much more aggressive.  They don’t want to share.  The biological reason is the brain wiring. 

Animal studies allowed scientists to map human emotions and gender differences.  Areas for emotional memory and communication are larger in the female brain and this perhaps explains why women remember fights and men insist they never happened. 

Women use 20,000 words a day. Men use 7,000. 

At puberty, there is an explosion of hormonal surge as the teen girl brain emerges.  These hormones dramatically reorganize her circuits driving the way she thinks, feels, acts and even obsesses about her looks.  Studies show that surges of estrogen trigger her need to be sexually desirable to boys.  The male brain reorganizes too.  It is flooded with testosterone and he becomes absorbed in sexual fantasies and the need to masturbate. 

Girls mature faster than boys.  Girls’ brains are two years ahead during puberty.  Boys usually catch up in their late adolescence or early 20’s.  Boys think about sex every 52 seconds, girls, a few times a day.  It takes longer for boys to make sense of their emotions. 

When it comes to sex, boys take the lead or their brains do.  The amygdala, the part of the brain that controls sex, is twice as large in males.  The hippocampus, the part that controls emotions, is twice larger in girls. 

Why do girls go to the bathroom in groups? 

There’s a hormone that is released when girls are more intimate with each other, like talking.  The oxytocin is a hormone that is released in the brain that’s kind of a feel good hormone.  That hormonal rush gives them pleasure.   The same rush as drug addicts get from taking cocaine.  

What about sex?  Women need to be in the mood.  And men say they don’t get enough. 

Read about the Brainwork Behind Sex here.


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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tin  |  February 13, 2007 at 12:44 am

    hmm.. interesting. 😀 may proof din pala mga ganyan. Wahehehe!

  • 2. tutubi  |  February 13, 2007 at 1:06 am

    quite an overload of neurons bombarding synapse and dendrites in my brain 😦

    brain activity got stuck. need to doze off and recharge 🙂

    so there’s the explanation

  • 3. Kyels  |  February 13, 2007 at 1:36 am

    This is interesting …

    I guess both male and female are different, one way or another.


  • 4. Swipe  |  February 13, 2007 at 5:13 am

    Wow! That was very informative. I think it’s very good to know.

  • 5. iskoo  |  February 13, 2007 at 8:41 am

    dami akong natutunan, alam ko lang kasi yung sa male, hehe

  • 6. zeroimpact  |  February 13, 2007 at 10:29 am

    It’s apparent that there is difference between the two gender
    However, it’s something that we can’t change and must accept
    We are different, not only in gender but in individual as well
    This is good information

  • 7. rhodora  |  February 13, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Irene! Cheers to us moms! 🙂

    This is a very interesting post, BTW. Maybe I can find here the explanation about my hubby’s odd sides. LOL.

  • 8. verns  |  February 13, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Well what can I say…I love to be a woman!

    About men not asking for direction lol…yeah they rather get lost than ask. Crazy!

  • 9. watson  |  February 13, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    just dropping by to say, Happy Valentimes, Niceheart!

  • 10. ralphT  |  February 14, 2007 at 1:53 am

    interesting…. 🙂

  • 11. sexy mom  |  February 14, 2007 at 2:35 am

    sound like women are from venus, men from mars. very informative, dear.

    anyway, hear this – read somewhere that our kids get their genes (intelligence level) from their moms, not from their dads. when i get hold of the material, i will share it with you.

    happy valentine’s dear!

  • 12. ann  |  February 14, 2007 at 3:01 am

    Kaya pala madalas napapanood sa tv, after sex ay nawawalan ng mga gamit ang lalaki at natatangay ng babae kasi tulog na sila…hahaha!

    Happy Valentines Day Irene!

  • 13. Lazarus  |  February 14, 2007 at 3:15 am

    happy hearts day!

    both should be more understanding of each other’s differences.

  • 14. Leah  |  February 14, 2007 at 8:05 am

    Women RULES!!!! lol
    We are all individuals and somehow, the characteristics differ so much due to so many reasons…thanks for the info Niceheart
    Happy Valentine’s Day

  • 15. eric aka senor enrique  |  February 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Fascinating information, Irene. Many thanks for sharing!

  • 16. Belle  |  February 14, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    you mean women think sex 3 times a day??? hehehe…i wonder how they came up with this statistics? Of course, if someone reminds me of S, I will think of it often, otherwise who has the time to think? hahaha! just kidding Irene.

    anyway, very interesting. now, i learned quite a bit.

  • 17. Sidney  |  February 14, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    “Boys think about sex every 52 seconds”

    Is that so? 😉

    Interesting trivia! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Valentines Day !

  • 18. lifetyro  |  February 14, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I had a fun time reading this! 🙂

  • 19. bw  |  February 15, 2007 at 5:44 am

    True, men wouldn’t want to ask questions if at all possible, esp when it comes to asking for directions. It’s prbably pride or baka na embarrass to ask 🙂

    Why do me fall asleep after sex? Methinks it’s because we work harder , so we tire more 🙂

  • 20. vic  |  February 15, 2007 at 7:51 am

    given the same training and experience, female are better drivers, that I can tell from experience.

    And when if comes to making more money, in my family for instance, female overwhelm us male big time. the only thing we males at home good for, we can carry heavier garbage comes collection day.. bibs will like this comment…

  • 21. kathy  |  February 16, 2007 at 6:02 am

    “Female is nature’s default setting.” – Hurray for women! Hahaha…take that, you men! And don’t forget the “Masculinity may be hazardous to health” conclusion. 😀
    Interesting post, niceheart!

  • 22. Ms Fair Face  |  February 16, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    LOL that is why men will never understand us women. 🙂

  • 23. Ferdz  |  February 16, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Hmmm… interesting information there. Yeah. Pansin ko rin nga mas maingat na drivers ang babae. I guess this is how we are designed. But we do complement each other’s species don’t you think?

  • 24. niceheart  |  February 17, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for all the comments everyone. I’m glad that you also find this very informative and interesting. Because I did, too. 🙂

    This is not intended to bash either men or women, 🙂 but rather to try to understand both genders. So we could all live in peaceful harmony. 🙂

  • 25. lisaflor  |  April 1, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    hmm, so that’s why my little baby boy just wouldn’t stop playing with the electrical sockets no matter how hard I slap his hands and say “No, don’t touch that!”. Hay…

  • 26. Eric  |  August 8, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    This is a good topic. Now if you could combine the traits of a female with that of a male you will have a perfect being. Both feminine and masculine (Androgeny). Men lack in the ways you explained above and women are not aggressive enough. Thats why their under paid and thats why their hasn’t been a female president. We shouldnt focus our attention on how we are different but how we are the same. The problem starts at the root. When we are raised traditionaly by our parents they seperate us into two categories male and female and then treat us as such. It shouldn’t be like this instead we should be raised neutral. Thus, growing up and creating a neutral society.

  • 27. talib hussain  |  September 27, 2007 at 2:42 am

    well, it was quite niice but boys’ penis are the most essntial.

  • 28. Eve barry  |  September 30, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Men are flooded with testostone and women flux between estrogen and progestrogen. These hormones do set men and women a part. But, nature, brain dominance and family genes also determine many of their peculiarties. My husband who is dominant left brain has no spatial ability, and I do. I intuitively find my way around, where he has a hard time knowing if he should go north or south. I know other men who have long memories, very insightful to people’s emotions, problems, and are sensitive. I think we need to be careful about lumping all men in one box and women in another. We are as unique as our finger prints.

  • 29. Gordon  |  March 24, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Niceheart is talking mythological bull, hardly suported by science or observation. Get a grip and stop being so devisive.

  • 30. mel  |  November 14, 2008 at 12:31 am

    yeah this article is b.s. and people need to stop falling into this stupid trap of men vs. women. the differences between us are not so great and only serves to alienate one group from the other.

    just grow up people, stop believing things like “men have more orgasms” or watch more sports or that women like shopping or getting their nails done. it’s personality based, NOT gender.

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  • 32. bob barker  |  August 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I gotta say, while sex is great, the result of orgasm is counter-productive to my slave lifestyle. My ex (I couldn’t keep up) ‘girlfriend’ wanted to fuck all hours. She’d have to settle for quickies in the parking lot, as I had to get back to work. She was definitely the more horny of us.

    However, I’m pretty sure that If I had so few immediate interests as she, I’d outsack her. Oh yes. Oh I can’t wait for the day.

  • 33. Sylvia Wilkerson  |  May 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    You’ve done it again. Superb article.

  • 34. Clara Jacobsen  |  May 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Heh I am actually the only comment to your great writing?!?

  • 35. Lesley  |  November 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I wonder if I could get permission to use the diagram that you have on this page – the female brain. I am currently writing my doctoral thesis and want an image of a female brain as part of an explanation about the way the brain works.

    • 36. niceheart  |  November 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Lesley,

      Actually I took that diagram from another website. If you click on the picture, it will lead you to the link.


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