Debunking Women on International Women's day

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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Thursday 8 March 2018

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As we all know by now – its International Women’s Day – A true cause for celebration. But what isn’t true are the popular myths surrounding women that people still believe today. Furthermore, there are hidden truths about men that have yet to be widely popularised.  





Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus.

Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it. 

Women have a different brain makeup to men

Neuroscientists couldn’t find any significant differences between a male and female brain in a study with over 1,400 participants – and no, they weren’t all female. The study found that over 97% of participants had a brain makeup that consisted of both ‘female’ and ‘male’ components. The researchers admitted that they wouldn’t be able to tell a female and male brain apart. On a smaller scale, certain snapshots of brain imaging do have differences dependant on gender, but as a whole, we’re indistinguishable.

‘Like a girl’ is just a harmless phrase

In an inspiring ad campaign by Always, this causal phrase was challenged. It’s an interesting question as to why ‘like a girl’ is perceived as an insult. Perhaps their video will change your mind.

Women aren’t confident leaders

Cleopatra, Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Queen Victoria, Catherine the Great, Elizabeth the first, Margaret Thatcher, Maya Angelou, Angela Merkel, Janet Jagan, Rosa Parks, Nora Ephron, Emmeline Pankhurst – the list is staggeringly large.

Women are confident leaders in all fields. End of discussion.


Women can’t buy their own drinks

This is a common myth. Women can actually afford their own drinks at a bar. In a recent interview with a woman, she was asked “Do you know how to order your own drink?” She replied “Yes, I order what I want, I produce the money and proceed to drink my recently purchased beverage safe in the knowledge that I am in no unspoken transactional agreement with a man.” - Bonza!

Women have equal opportunities in the workplace

Unfortunately, women are still experiencing high levels of prejudice in the workplace including maternity bias, pay gaps and decreased chances of promotion. A survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) indicated that 97% of male board directors who took the survey, believed that a board could only operate optimally with no more than 1 in every 5 board members being women.

But rather than being a distraction, women help to fortify and implement negotiations and future goals. In a paper by financial planning firm; MSCI, they found that having three or more women on a company board increased financial performance.

Women are overly sensitive

It’s a familiar troupe that we are all aware of, male or female; men don’t cry and women do. Waaaa.

That stiff upper lip mentality isn’t always a good thing and similar to the ‘like a girl’ insult, ‘man up’ can be equally damaging. Men have historically been encouraged to keep their feelings to themselves and to hide any emotionally difficulty. During the first and second world war, this was one of the major contributors the high levels of PTSD experienced by soldiers coming home from the front line. 

The expectation for men to be hyper-masculine may explain why it’s sometimes perceived that women are overly sensitive in contrast.

So what about men?

Now that we have debunked some myths surrounding women, it seems high time we brought to light some of the little-known truths about men.

Men cause more road accidents

In a study by the road safety charity; Brake, they found that in Britain, men accounted for 74% of road traffic deaths and 70% of serious injuries on the roads. And here is the shocker;

In the UK 95% of convictions for dangerous driving causing death, were against men.

Included in the survey were cyclists, of which men in Britain made up 82% of the deaths and serious injuries. If you have been involved in a cycling accident you may like to read our resource page here.

Man flu is real

Sometimes it’s hard to face the facts but Kyle Sue's research suggests men are at a greater risk when suffering from flu-like symptoms of being admitted to hospital. The study also gave evidence for influenza-like symptoms having a higher rate amongst men.

If you felt like you should have been hospitalised for man flu but you were accused of exaggerating, you better read our medical negligence pages.

More men die at work than women

The leading cause of death in the workplace is falling from height. The construction industry has been labeled in the media as the deadliest job in the UK and working at height is a major part of the industry.

Women on construction sites are almost as rare as men asking for directions, contributing to the saddening statistic from the Health and Safety Executive that 97% of workplace fatalities are men.

The construction industry also has one of the highest rates of injury per sector in the UK. Our resource page can provide more information if you have experienced an accident in the workplace.

Men aren’t as funny as they think

Here are some classic dad jokes told universally by men to prove my case in point.

What time is the dentist appointment? Tooth Hurty Owch.

Can you call me a taxi? Ha, you’re a taxi! Please, Lord, spare us this one at least.

Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted. Okay, this is kind of funny.

What’s Forest Gump’s password? 1forrest1. Say it out loud

What did the drummer call his twin daughters? Anna one, Anna Two. And again.

A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arms and says “I’ll have a pint please, and one for the road.” I think it’s time to stop.