Getting to GUTSY: How Women Work
There are so many specific stereotypes that have been laid on women that need to be put to rest. You know, stuff like women are conniving, prone to having hysterical fits when they don’t get their way, can’t make up their minds, or change their minds without any reason and without warning, are frivolous, catty, back stabbers, devious, and the word that seems to exemplify women at their worst, women are just bitches. The media is playing this song over and over; just watch The Housewives of New York, Washington, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, and when the yelling and screaming there becomes too tame, there is always Jersey Shore.
Men have a set of adjectives to paint their pictures, mostly they have the word power in there somewhere; as in power- driven, power-hungry, power- tainted. Yet there appear to be more colorful words to describe the dark side of women than of men, at least that is how it seems. Taking a lens and looking upstream we can get a better sense of what is really going on. On average, women are smaller and shorter than men, although women definitely do have a higher percentage of body fat and most women would say while they are not bitches, dieting for women is a bitch!
Mostly women have lower blood pressure than their male colleagues and they have faster blood flow to their brains and lose less brain tissue as they age. Where the differences seem to create the possibility of all the nasty words around women’s behavior has to do with hormones, sex hormones in particular.
While men’s testosterone levels can fluctuate throughout the day, women’s sex hormone levels fluctuate as part of her reproductive cycle, which takes about a month to complete. As any women of child bearing years and she will tell you about bloating, cramping, emotional mood swings, and moments when she just feels like crap. However, most women have learned how to cope with these changes and have the capacity to make keen decisions and not let “that time of month” make them any less credible in their lives.Continued on the next page