This doesn’t really surprise anyone who has a Mother, but it’s still fascinating!
Petty Mayo says, “According to James Vaupel at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense and a team of researchers, women are statistically more likely to survive times of crises. That includes “famine, epidemics or enslavement,” as reported by Nature.com. They came to these conclusions by measuring things like population and life expectancy and came to the conclusion that women are survivors.
It’s important to note that researchers defined men and women as people with X and Y chromosome or a double X, meaning they’re largely defining “women” by speaking about cis ladies, which is gender essentialist and focuses pretty hard on the binary. There are lots of people who don’t fall as neatly into those categories. But during the eras from where a lot of their data is gleaned, there wasn’t much of a census taken on transgender or intersex people.
It’s hard to know how those considerations would skew their findings, but whatever your gender identity, having a double X chromosome sets you up to be stronger. It’s basically a natural defense against harmful mutations.”
Fascinating…but I didn’t need a study to know this.