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Jeninerd February 3rd, 2014 5:27pm

As of 8:24 AKST, a Show of Hands poll revealed that 51 percent of males and only 15 percent of females had been in a fist fight. Do you think this gender gap is greater influenced by social factors or genetic differences?

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suppressedID IMEACH BIDEN
02/03/14 10:32 am

In fairness, guys are more aggressive by both genetics and conditioning, but the fights I've seen with women are FAR more vicious.

I think it's like nature: males put on the more frequent show for social reasons; females kill.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/03/14 10:43 am

We didn't ask how many boys had been beaten up by a girl as kids, but I'd bet it's a lot. You learn to respect the power of crazy at a young age. Social.

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kermie gaytopia
02/03/14 10:40 am

Social. We don't teach our young men any other way of resolving conflict. In fact we praise them being "manly"--i.e. fighting. And then we wonder why our prison system is the largest in the world...

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cowboy Doors of Perception
02/03/14 11:41 am

Gender. That's why the Liberals have drugged American males.

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
02/03/14 1:04 pm

Men and women are different by nature. Nurture emphasizes the differences, but the differences exist by nature.

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SarahD in your orbit
02/03/14 10:32 am

Little boys are taught that if someone hits them, hit back. Little girls are taught that it's unladylike.

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HayleyS looking up.
02/03/14 11:54 am

Saying men have always been the aggressors isn't evidence of it being natural... History definitely shows that we have always treated the two genders very differently.

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s4mm1 MD SLP
02/03/14 12:02 pm

Men and woman think differently. Men are more aggressive, thanks to more testosterone. There's not anything social about that.

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cowboy Doors of Perception
02/03/14 4:47 pm

Lol grandma! Who else would want to dull the American male down a few notches?

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cowboy Doors of Perception
02/03/14 4:48 pm

It's dangerous for both genders, but American makes scare Liberals. They don't want to compete so they level the playing field. But don't do drugs kids! Lol!

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/03/14 11:38 am

I disagree. I think we teach socially that physical aggression is a masculine trait, whether it is fighting or contact sports.

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cowboy Doors of Perception
02/03/14 4:30 pm

I've said it because it's true. They are very dangerous drugs that are completely unnecessary.

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GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
02/03/14 4:33 pm

That may be true. But, it has nothing to do with liberals. That's just plain silly.

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/03/14 1:16 pm

Which is when humans were most separated from social constructs, indicating our biological differences are likely minimal, when compared to the gender differences of modern American society....

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commonsense America isnt racist
02/03/14 12:44 pm

Men are more aggressive. It's genetic.

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Wes28 CBus
02/03/14 1:27 pm

Men are naturally more aggressive. Hence why males have always been the hunters and the ones who go to wars. This is thousands of years of evolution at work!

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bethanyq Ess Eff
02/03/14 11:35 am

On the fighting question, there may legitimately be some biological explanation in that women's bodies have a harder time turning protein into muscle. That said, even there there is a lot of cultural influence (e.g., no fighting "below the belt" even

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MJSeals J.D.
02/03/14 1:32 pm

In nature the male is always more aggressive. It's not just humans.

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bethanyq Ess Eff
02/03/14 11:36 am

though this would give women a significant advantage).

Not to mention, the physical differences wouldn't explain why men are more likely to fight other men, who have the same biological advantages and disadvantages. So, still largely cultural.

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/03/14 12:08 pm

Actually, it hasn't existed forever. Anthropologists have revealed that humans had very similar divisions of labor amongst early hunter-gatherer societies. Gender roles actually correlate closely with the development of religion and agriculture.

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bethanyq Ess Eff
02/03/14 11:39 am

If men are fighting to put on a show for social reasons, doesn't that mean it's cultural rather than natural?

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bethanyq Ess Eff
02/03/14 11:41 am

Yup, and even worse than being unmanly, a boy/man who refuses to fight might even be labeled, insult of all insults, a "girl." Shudder.

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foxycheese202 A Mormon
02/03/14 11:08 am

Social because ladies don't fight. Ya know the classy kind that had mommas who care. The women who fight are just...it's social. I was taught not to fight.

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bethanyq Ess Eff
02/03/14 12:17 pm

Why not bonobos? We're pretty closely related to them too.

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HotelCompany sight picture
02/03/14 5:12 pm

Genetic. Boys and girls are different and not just in the plumbing.

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sojourner present
02/03/14 10:40 am

You got that right - don't mess with Mama Bear! I will take you out!
But most of the time I'd rather have fun, be nice and avoid violence altogether.

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GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
02/03/14 4:34 pm

Or with males, for that matter. There are several girls in my family who have had this prescribed.

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MJSeals J.D.
02/03/14 10:50 am

Guys are naturally more aggressive it is how it has always been it's not something we are just taught or socially acceptable

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146787456777 .......
02/03/14 5:24 pm

while male animals may socially fight more the females in nature will kill quicker and are far more brutal as a general rule; from mammals to birds to reptiles to arachnids. That's where "the female is more deadly than the male" saying comes from

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/03/14 12:02 pm

I never said it was exclusively social, just predominantly social. I think the gap would be smaller if we didn't permeate society with these artificial concepts of "masculinity" and "femininity." Boys are even expected play with army dolls and

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/03/14 12:03 pm

superheroes and encouraged to participate in contact sports much more than women.

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ozzy
02/03/14 11:33 am

If you asked what were they fighting for. It would be 51% over women and only 15% cuz of men

MJSeals J.D.
02/03/14 12:05 pm

And this gender gap has existed forever which leads me to believe it isn't just society's influence

MJSeals J.D.
02/03/14 12:06 pm

Actually if anything the gender gap today is lower than that of many years ago

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/03/14 4:51 pm

I agree, but I asked about the greater influence.

38041 Georgia
02/03/14 11:39 am

Funny. In my 9 years teaching, I can remember maybe one or two fight involving guys. The vast majority of fights involve girls, at least among teens at school. I guess guys wait until they are off-campus.

MJSeals J.D.
02/03/14 1:34 pm

When it comes to animals the male is generally the more aggressive.

timeout Boston Strong
02/03/14 11:40 am

Mostly social, guy just like to get into it more, but I've seen some pretty good cat fights.

MJSeals J.D.
02/03/14 11:42 am

Look at history. Men have always been the aggressors

Alkan
02/03/14 3:05 pm

Genetic. Men have always been the ones starting conflicts. From super powers starting wars against each other all the way back to caveman times.

MrWolfe Nashville
02/03/14 7:58 pm

More genetic than societal, even though both influences are there. Biology & evolution, etc

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/03/14 4:59 pm

Plenty of women are skilled at fighting.

GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
02/03/14 4:25 pm

He means medications like Ritalin for ADHD. He's said it before, Jeni.

*sigh*

foxycheese202 A Mormon
02/03/14 11:09 am

The Hunger Games of elementary school

MJSeals J.D.
02/03/14 12:19 pm

The only time in which is it speculated is pre history times of hunting gathering,

suppressedID IMEACH BIDEN
02/03/14 11:48 am

Social reasons with a genetic impetus. Think of lions where the males organize the Prides but the females do the hunting. Both are crucial to overall survival.