Besides just our genitalia, women and men have a lot not-in-common…
- We see differently. Men have better distance vision and depth perception, and usually better vision in lighted environments. Women have better night vision, see better at the red end of the light spectrum, and have better visual memory. Women blink twice a much as men.
- We hear differently. Women are more sensitive to sound than men, and when women begin to lose their hearing, they lose it more gradually across all wavelengths, while men are more likely to lose it from the high or low tones of the hearing range.
- Men are 10-15% larger than women. And 30% physically stronger, especially on the upper body.
- Women have fewer slow twitch muscle fibers (the muscle cells that work best for endurance activities). The fact that women have a higher percentage of body fat than men means we can supply fuel to our muscles longer than men. Research at Northwester University indicated that in an analysis of world-record times in events on land, in water, or on ice, the longer the event the better the women perform in comparison to men.
- Women remember people better than men. “Women have an advantage when it comes to remembering things like the physical features, clothing and postures of other people. This advantage might be due to women being slightly more people-oriented than men are.” said Terrence Horgan, lead author of a study in interpersonal sensitivity and research fellow in psychology at Ohio State University.