Men and women are equally good at many things, Even though male and female bodies are different. And not just in the obvious places. This goes way beyond the influence of fashion, culture and how we were raised. Every cell and organ in our bodies is impacted by whether we are male or female. There are differences in women’s and men’s hearts. In our lungs. Livers. Kidneys. Bladders. And in our brains. Even the bacteria in our intestines and the fluid in our knees Are influenced by being female or male. This isn’t just due to testosterone or estrogen. The cells in our bodies read our DNA differently depending on whether we are female or male. This creates differences in every part of men’s and women’s bodies. As a result, women are 3 times more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis than men, And 8 times more likely to get an autoimmune disease like lupus, Yet women up to five or more years longer than men. Men’s urine is more concentrated than women’s, Yet women get urinary tract infections more often than men. Men get heart disease, skin cancer, and stomach disease more often than women do. But women who smoke tend to find it harder to quit smoking than men. And female smokers experience more health problems related to smoking than male smokers. Women take longer to recover from the flu than men. But men’s skin wounds take longer to heal than women’s. Women tend to see colors better than men. But men are more likely to be color blind. Women and men experience pain in different ways. And women’s and men’s bodies can react to drugs differently. Men and women do not necessarily process sound in the same way. Women’s verbal memory is often better than men’s, While men’s visual-spacial memory tends to be better than women’s. Women are more likely to be anxious than men, And they experience depression at a higher rate than men do, Yet men are much more likely than women to have autism, and autism tends to present itself differently in women than in men. Women use up to 11,000 more tampons during their lifetimes than men do, and men produce about 525 billion more sperm during their lifetimes than women do. We won’t even begin to talk about how women’s bodies are made to undergo extreme changes during pregnancy. This not only includes changes in shape but also massive changes in chemistry and hormones that a man’s body is not capable of and never will be. These are only a few of the ways that male and female bodies are different, and there are two areas where the differences in men’s and women’s bodies especially impact women: one is medicine, and the other is porn. Far more medical research has been done on men’s bodies than women’s, with the excuse that monthly changes in women’s hormones would confuse the results. So lots of medications and some vaccines have been optimized for men’s bodies and not for women’s. Also, women get 3 times the number of
debilitating migraine headaches than men do, but very little research money has been spent to study migraine headaches, and most of that has been spent on studying migraines in men, when it appears that migraines are different and even worse for women than they are for men. And then there’s for porn, which has become the world’s sex educator, A lot of men and women enjoy watching porn, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But porn often presents an overly simplified and cherry picked version of sex which leaves out the complexity, especially if we’re talking about sex in relationships. Also, women in porn are happy to do anything male porn actors want them to do, and without any discussion, warning or preparation. But in real life, women are not always down to do what they show in porn. Porn and medicine are just two of the reasons why there’s a lot to be gained when men and women are able to understand, respect and enjoy the differences in each other’s bodies. I’m Dr. Paul, author of the “Guide To Getting It On.” Thanks for watching.