Questions tagged [gender]

Gender is a range of characteristics used to distinguish between males and females, particularly in the cases of men and women and the masculine and feminine attributes assigned to them.

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Was pink a boy color and blue a girl color prior to the 20th century?

A recent essay in the New York Times by Claire Cain Miller, entitled How to Raise a Feminist Son, claims that: Until the mid-20th century, pink was the boy color and blue was for girls. It, in ...
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Are women underpaid relative to men?

Many articles, such as this one, report a significant wage gap between men and women of 15% or more as evidence of discrimination. On the other hand, some sources, such as this one, claim that the gap ...
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Are girls and boys pre-programmed to behave… like girls and boys?

My dad claims that even as toddlers, my sister and I knew which toys to play with. For example, I would always pick up toy guns, Action Man, and other similar toys. She would always pick up Barbie. He ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Is the gender pay gap evidence of discrimination?

(I've asked this before but people had troubling separating the question from just the gender pay gap. This is a way I was suggested to ask it, so I am giving it a try) No one can deny the gender pay ...
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Are women physically weaker?

I've always thought that "women are weaker1 than men in general" was a biological fact (supposedly stemming/evolving from the social structure of prehistoric humans) Is there any reputable ...
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Are there any women in the top one hundred chess players?

According to this video, a Polish politician named Janusz Korwin-Mikke claimed: Do you know how many women are in the first hundred of chess players? I tell you – no one. Is he correct that zero ...
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Does New York City legally recognize 31 different genders?

Several news sources (for example, The Odyssey Online and the Toronto Sun in 2016) claim that New York City recognizes 31 distinct genders. On the other hand, an article from the Huffington Post ...
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Do men feel threatened by intelligent women?

I found this posted in multiple news sites The findings, to be published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’, concluded that men find the propect [sic] of dating ...
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Was a Canadian father jailed for referring to his trans son as his daughter?

A recent PostMilennial article claims: After the hearing, Hoogland gave an interview to The Federalist saying that people cannot change sex, and that mega-doses of exogenous testosterone would damage ...
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Are men smarter than women?

I recently stumbled across the following article: Sorry, men ARE more brainy than women (and more stupid too!) It's a simple scientific fact, says one of Britain's top dons, in which the author claims:...
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Does gender reassignment surgery increase quality of life of transgender individuals?

The general belief, at least amongst the LGBT community, is that gender reassignment surgery will increase the quality of life of transgender individuals. Obviously those that undergo the surgery ...
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Did Canada “mandate the content of voluntary speech”?

In this clip with Jordan Peterson conversing with Russel Brand, Peterson says, (3m:57s) The government, for the first time in the history of Canada and really in a move that was unprecedented in ...
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Is spousal abuse primarily initiated by males?

Avoiding exceptions for same-sex couples, is abuse in heterosexual couples more commonly initiated by the husband? I am mostly interested in physical violence that is non-reciprocal. In other words, ...
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Do women statistically have better multitasking ability than men?

I hear this very often, while woman can do several things at a time. If this is true, what are the qualifications that make woman capable of doing several things at once? A quick Google search ...
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Boys and girls and co-education: what works best?

I've heard it said many times that boys perform better when they are in the same classroom as girls and girls perform better when they are by themselves. Is there any evidence to support this claim?
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Are gender dysphoric teenagers more likely to take their own lives if they are not allowed to transition?

In a recent essay defending her controversial views on sex and gender issues, author J.K. Rowling writes: The argument of many current trans activists is that if you don’t let a gender dysphoric ...
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Is professional software development discriminatory?

It's quite a common experience that there are fewer women and African (-American) people in programming as warranted by the natural proportions. It is not so obvious whether this is due to ...
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Are men genetically programmed to seek multiple sexual partners more than women?

Journalist Daniel Bergner explains in this video, 99% of What We Believe About Female Sexuality is Nonsense, that there is a common misconception about the sexuality of the genders: the idea that ...
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Is empowerment of women a cure for poverty?

It is stated that giving women equality and control over their reproduction reduces the poverty in any community. Christopher Hitchens: "We already know the cure to poverty...it's quite simply, ...
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Do more men use the Internet than women?

Long before the Internet existed, computers were women. (United States Census Bureau, courtesy of the University of Hartford) It's a well-known trope that there are no girls on the Internet. In fact,...
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Do either men or women have higher pain tolerance than the other?

Traditional folklore suggests women have a higher pain tolerance than men. I have seen a few sites suggesting otherwise. Naturally, plenty of anecdotal accounts of wussy men or women get tossed around ...
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Do biological males who were castrated at birth and raised as females often behave like stereotypical men?

In "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", James Damore wrote (emphasis added on claim): On average, men and women biologically differ in many ways. These differences aren’t just socially ...
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Does gender affect driving skill?

Are there any differences in either sex which are provably beneficial and/or detrimental to their driving abilities? Also, is it possible that stereotypical gender roles make any difference in ...
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Have more U.S. senators been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans women?

I just saw this in my Facebook feed, and now I'm curious if it's actually true. Do they actually keep records of this? It seems improbable, just because there are so many more trans women than ...
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Are men “wired differently” so that they “can't control themselves”?

It seems like such an obviously false claim, but I keep running into the claim that men are "Wired differently" than women and therefore can't control their lust. The claim in conversation ...
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Does a transgender woman in Olympia, Washington receive frequent complaints about indecent exposure in the women’s showers and locker room?

This is the specific, unreferenced claim I'm referring to: In Olympia, Washington, where the town has a SOGI provision, a man who identifies as a woman frequently uses the women’s showers and ...
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Do men show greater variance in the distribution of their IQ than women?

It is frequently claimed that men show greater variance in the distribution of their general intelligence factor (g) ("IQ") than women. Is that claim accepted by the scientific community?
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Do transgender women athletes have an advantage over cisgender women athletes?

There have been numerous articles in media over transgender women competing in women sports, and debating if this is fair with women whose birth sex was female. I know there are some studies, like ...
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Do women talk more than men?

I heard many times that women talk more than man. Sometimes numbers were included: women talk, on average, 25.000 words per day; men talk only 15.000. Are women more talkative than men?
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Are 95% of Ashley Madison dating site's accounts male?

The hackers who procured and recently published Ashley Madison's internal databases, the so-called "Impact Team," have claimed that the accounts in the databases were predominantly, in fact "90-95%" ...
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Do 80% of gender-dysphoric children grow up deciding not to change their gender?

A Wall Street Journal article makes the following claim: ... a high percentage—up to 80% in a study of 44 gender-dysphoric boys—grow up to be not transgender, but bisexual, gay or lesbian ...
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Is there a relation between brain physiology and gender identity?

I recently came a cross a blog post that talked about DSD or Intersexuality as they rather call it. One of the claims that was made is that gender identity (that is, whether I think of myself as male ...
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Are women's hands colder, and their hearts warmer?

I heard on the radio today that apparently a woman's hands are colder than a man's hands, but her heart is warmer. I didn't really believe this, but they stated that it was apparently scientifically ...
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Are women's orgasms more powerful than men's?

I wouldn't ask "better", because that's subjective. But anyway, this is something I've heard again and again, and it sounds plausible, but I have never found any scientific studies in the area. I've ...
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Do women prefer taller men?

I have heard many women say that they like taller men. As a possible explanation I heard that they feel more secure with a taller men than a shorter one. Do women tend to prefer men who are tall, men ...
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Is the judicial system biased against men?

We often hear the claim that men are treated unfairly in relation to women by the Judicial System. One example of the claim can be found here. The article claims that: Women shoplifters were ...
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Do full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns?

The White House claims that: On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Is it the case?
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Is it possible to influence the sex of a baby by controlling the mothers' diet?

Can a mother decide whether a baby will be born male or female through careful control of her diet?
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Are annual female rape and male “made to penetrate” rates similar in the US?

In the 2010 Summary Report of the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, there are two figures that are surprisingly similar: In Table 2.1, they claim the 12-month weighted rate ...
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Do men tend to be funnier than women?

Why are men, taken on average and as a whole, funnier than women? This line is from this Vanity Fair article by Christopher Hitchens, and is based, in part, on this Stanford Uni study What the study ...
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Are modern women disposed to hypergamy more than men?

Hypergamy is the act or practice of seeking a spouse of higher socioeconomic status. According to Wikipedia: Some evolutionary psychologists believe that women exhibit mate-selective preferences ...
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Are men more likely than women to accept an offer for casual sex?

It is widely believed that men are more amenable to offers of casual sex than women. (Note: This is a different claim to "men want casual sex more than women" or that "women are more easily able to ...
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Is the Bechdel Test an accurate critique of the film industry?

The Bechdel Test is named for the author of a comic that popularized the following three "rules" that must be fulfilled before a movie passes the test: The film must have at least two women ...
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Do women distinguish more colours than men?

In the first section (from the start up to about 55s into the video) of this amusing YouTube video about the differences between men and women, the following claim is made: Why do women distinguish ...
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Has Saudi Arabia announced plans for a women-only city?

There's been reports of announced plans for a women-only city in Saudi Arabia. For example: Saudi Arabia plans new city for women workers only from The Guardian. Al Arabiya claimed (on August 15, ...
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Is there any research done on tattoos and their relationship to sexual activity?

Question came up in a conversation where one associate indicated that they thought tattoos on women were "slutty" and others took offense. The argument was that: when have you ever met a woman with a ...
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Is the average lifespan of a trans woman 30-32 years?

A popular post on Tumblr (over 150,000 notes) makes the claim that: yall realize the average lifespan for a trans woman is 30-32 years.. and that is largely because of hate crimes resulting in ...
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Can you determine the gender of a baby by the shape of the mother's belly?

This is a very common saying that people make about soon-to-be mothers. But is it really true? Can you tell what the gender of a baby will be based on how the mother's belly is shaped? Article that ...
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Are Asian women better at maths when they think they're competing against European men?

In QI Series L, Espisode 9, Stephen Fry says (source): If there was a maths test between men and women it will be more likely that the men will do better because women are constantly told that ...