Women ARE the fairer sex and have stronger morals than men when it comes to being caring and fair, study finds

  • US researchers asked a third of a million people a range of ethical questions 
  • Survey discovered that women have higher ethical standards than men 
  • Across 67 countries they regularly score higher in ‘care’, ‘purity’ and ‘fairness’
  • However there is no sex difference when it comes to authority and loyalty  

Scientists have finally proven the old adage that women are the fairer sex.

Academics tested the theory by quizzing more than 330,000 people from 67 countries in order to gauge their moral compass.

It involved asking people what factors were important to them when making ethical decisions. 

Women consistently put ‘care’, ‘fairness’ and ‘purity’ higher on their list of priorities than men. 

The stronger morals of women is also more pronounced in Western countries and those with greater gender equality, the study found.  

Scientists have finally proven the old adage that women are the fairer sex to be true. Academics tested the theory by quizzing more than 330,000 people from 67 countries (stock)

Scientists have finally proven the old adage that women are the fairer sex to be true. Academics tested the theory by quizzing more than 330,000 people from 67 countries (stock)

Questions in the study, run by the University of Southern California, posed various dilemmas, asking people to choose between two tricky options.

For example, what did they think was worse, a lack of loyalty to a friend or someone suffering emotionally.     

The study found that there was no sex difference when it comes to loyalty and authority. 

‘Sex differences in moral judgements are larger in individualist, Western and gender-equal societies,’ the researchers write in their study. 

However, the findings are averages and there is significant variation by individuals, meaning some men will naturally be more caring that some women. 

‘We should be very careful,’ Mohammad Atari, a co-author of the study told The Times. 

‘We are talking about averages . . . Men and women are not, honestly, that different. It doesn’t mean if you randomly pick a man he will be not caring.’ 

The research was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

This study is not the first to find a clear difference between the brains of men and women.

A recent piece of research found women are more likely than men to socially distance and wear masks to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. 

Researchers from New York University and Yale University analysed hundreds of Americans about their preventative practices, which included social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask during the peak of the pandemic in the US. 

The team found that more than 55 per cent of women wear their mask properly, while only 33.6 per cent of their male counterparts adhere to the recommendation. 

Men increase their bite size when hungry while women show more restraint 

Don’t offer your male friend a bite of your sandwich as they’re more likely than women to gobble the whole thing. 

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That’s because men increase their bite size when they’re hungry, while women show more restraint by taking small bites, according to the findings of a new study. 

Japanese researchers examined differences between chewing and eating behaviours between the sexes by feeding them bread and sausages.

The experts found a significant correlation between bite size and hunger only in males and not in females. 

Bite size for both food items was significantly greater in men, while eating speed correlated with a ‘loss of control’ when eating for both men and women. 

The team also found a correlation between hunger and body mass index (BMI) in males – meaning the fatter they were, the stronger their pangs for food. 





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