– Mom, why does dad have so little hair on his head?
Because he thinks a lot.
– Why do you have so many of them?
– Shut up and eat.
(from family stories)
It is generally accepted that women are not distinguished by a special "mind and quick wits." As an axiom, the opinion is perceived that men are smarter than women. But is it? Let's try to figure it out.
At present, from the more or less objective criteria of the mind, one can name only the "intelligence quotient" (IQ), determined on the basis of the results of several hundred simple tests. This “intelligence indicator” can be treated differently, it is even rightly criticized somewhere, but nothing better has yet been invented.
And interestingly, according to this indicator of the mind, women are in no way inferior to men. Statistics on this matter says the following: the average level of intelligence in the female population does not differ from the average level in the male population, while men with both a very high level of intelligence and a very low one are more common than the same women.
Some more facts. Already three-year-old boys and girls, as evidenced by studies by British scientists, show significant differences in their mental abilities. Subsequently, at school, this gap widens even more. In the UK, for example, girls of seven years old tend to outpace boys in reading. By the age of 11, they confidently beat them (“on average”) in mathematics.
The fact that girls mentally outperform boys from early childhood is due, scientists say, to “the effect of sex hormones on the formation of certain areas of the brain.” This explains why boys prefer to play computer games or watch football while girls read books. As a result, by the end of school, English girls, for example, have time to read three times more than boys.
Not so long ago, the UK Secretary of Education said that the intellectual gap between girls and boys is so great that the education system for boys will obviously have to be revised.
And a number of other facts. In men, the ability to remember reaches a peak at the age of twenty, after which it begins to smoothly (and sometimes not very smoothly) go down. In women, this peak occurs much later, only by the age of forty. It turns out that a woman learns new knowledge much easier even at a later age. And since a specialist in the modern world has to do this all his life due to the constant updating of technologies, it turns out that a woman finds herself in an advantageous position. This increases her chances in the job market.
It is curious that until very recently there was a field of knowledge where women were hopelessly inferior to men – mathematics. It is known that there is only one woman for every two mathematically highly gifted men. But even this intellectual fortress is already being besieged and, perhaps, will soon fall. In the same UK, a list of dissertations in mathematics is published annually. For several years in a row, half of the list has been occupied by female names.
Why do men often think that women, to put it mildly, are not far off? It's all about different mindsets. In women, it is more substantive, concrete. In men, it is abstract, figurative. And therefore, often the ornate hints of men simply do not reach women, which gives the representatives of the “stronger sex” a reason to suspect women of a lack of intelligence.
And I would like to end this article with another anecdote, indicating that men are not always as smart as they would like.
Two friends are talking:
Who do you think is smarter, men or women?
– Of course, women! Have you ever seen a woman who would marry just because her chosen one has beautiful legs?
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