We hear a lot about gender gaps — like the wage gender gap or the education gender gap.
However, there is one gender gap we hear little about, and it is a mortal gap. According to the National Library of Medicine, men, on the average, die four years younger than women.
No one definitely knows why; it seems that estrogen is superior to testosterone.
Then, I thought, what would happen if it were reversed? What if women died four years younger than men? I imagine there would be constant outrage, pickets and rallies, etc.
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Maybe I missed it, but I know of no such behavior on the part of men. When is the last time you heard of a March on Washington to fund research to close the gender gap of death?
Men, being the uncomplaining creatures we are, just quietly … die.
John Cannell, San Luis Obispo