Battle of the sexes Study reveals why men are the weaker sex

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The long lasting debate of which sex is stronger can finally come to an end.

play Couple arm wrestling. A new study reveals that men are the weaker sex. (Daily Mail.)

Contrary to popular belief men are actually the weaker sex, if a research conducted by Duke University is anything to go by.

According to the report women not only live longer than men but are more likely to survive – and already have survived - the worst disasters recorded in the world.

play Beyonce. Study finds that men are the weaker sex. (Jean Gasho)


How they are the weaker sex

The ‘declaration’ that men are the weaker sex was concluded after researchers studied slavery, famines and disease outbreaks such as measles in their extreme and found a huge gender gap between the sexes.

Women outlived men by six months to four years, on average, despite the fact that mortality was high for both genders.

In addition to that women are more likely to live to old age as compared to their male counterparts. New born girls survive longer than new born boys during famines and epidemics.

In Kenya, women have a life expectancy of 65 years as compared to men’s 61 years.

Other possible reasons for this conclusion is the fact that women are more determined as compared to men who give up whenever things get tough. Men however are more risk takers.

Genetic make-up

According to the study’s lead scientist Virginia Zarulli, the woman XX chromosome when combined with estrogen helps women endure violence and any other disasters that they go through.

play XX Chromosome. The XX chromosome protects women from diseases. (The Indian Express)


“In simple words, it is easy to see that if, by chance, a bad mutation takes place on the X chromosome, women have another X that can partly – or totally – compensate for it, while men don’t have this possibility,” she said.

The XX chromosome could also help protect women from diseases.

Testosterone in men however exposes men to risky behaviors such as drinking, smoking, taking illegal drugs and taking risks that could lead to accidents.

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