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The Differences Between Men and Women


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When it comes to the differences between men and women, there are a lot of stereotypes out there and even more ways to interpret the differences. For example, men are more likely than women to be in leadership roles. And when they are in leadership roles, they’re more likely to be considered effective than their female counterparts.

Women tend to have more negative emotions than men, but men tend to express them less often. This means that while men are less emotional overall, they may feel negative emotions more strongly than women do.

Women tend to be better at recognizing facial expressions and paying attention to social cues than men which means that they may be more empathetic towards others.

Although nowadays men and women are considered to be much more similar than in the past there are still many differences that are difficult to ignore.


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  • distinguish (verb)
  • likely (adverb)
  • differently (adverb)
  • Strength (noun)
  • Weakness (noun)
  • social construct (noun)
  • advantageous (adjective)

The Big Question

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What are the main differences between men and women in society?

Additional Questions

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  • Do you think it's more advantageous to be a man or a woman in todays modern society?
  • Do you think men or women have unfair expectations put on them by society?
  • Do you think men and women are more suited towards specific careers?
  • If you suddenly became a man/woman what would be the first thing you would do?
  • Do you think the government and other institutions are trying to make men and women the same?

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