Women Are Not Men (Ep. 116 Rebroadcast)

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This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of a show about all the ways that “Women Are Not Men.”  (You can subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.) We take a look at the ways in which the gender gap is closing, and the ways in which it’s not. You’ll hear about the gender gap among editors of the world’s biggest encyclopedia, and what a study conducted in Tanzania and India has to say about female-male differences in competition. You’ll also hear about the female happiness paradox and one of the biggest gender gaps out there: crime. Which begs the question: if you’re rooting for women and men to become completely equal, should you root for women to commit more crimes?


I'd find this episode more exciting and progressive if you added to your mix of empirical stories contemporary science-based research. For example we can identify clear differences in behavior of infant females and males, caused by differences in our amygdala regions of the brain. A crazily interesting and growing body of hard data out there like this could provide answers to some of your observations, and form the basis for more robust, informed reporting.


But how can that be?? Isn't gender a social construct?

Steve in San Francisco

in my opinion the life expectancy gap between men and women is a good measure of the many intangibles all cumulatively rolled into one number. I think I read somewhere that the life expectancy gap between men and women decreased during the women's movement and as women entered the work force in mass. Men are conditioned not to show weakness or ask for help and that seems to result in a life expectancy cost for them that's gone down some thanks to equality of the sexes.


This podcast ended in a high note for women; women commit less crime than men. But then I see this about women being arrested more for DUI here in California.