The systematic analysis of sex differences in risk-taking behaviour now supports the theory that men frequently do stupid things, the Men are Idiots Theory (MIT). Well, this comes to me as no surprise. Although this might have been one of the biggest myths about men, it might actually be true.
It’s known that men are more likely to be admitted to an emergency unit after accidental injuries. Or more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic disaster or more likely to be hospitalised with a sporting injury. Yes, the biggest myths about men.
But little is known about sex differences, how they influence idiotic risk-taking behaviour. When I was thinking about this and wondering how no one has thought about researching on this subject, I came across the Darwin Awards websites, and I found it very interesting.
A team of researchers in England have been trying to find out more about gender differences in this field for 25 years now (from 1995). The Darwin Awards ‘celebrates’ or rather records and honour people who accidentally remove themselves from the earth in a spectacular manner!
Examples include the terrorist who posted a letter bomb with insufficient postage and, on its return, unthinkingly opened it. A mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree where a man tried to rob a gun shop, with a policeman right there, a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, the store full of firearm customers, and a well-trained shop keep obviously – no one else was hurt.
Or the man who shot himself in the head with a “spy pen” weapon to show his friend that it was real. Anyways, from this study, out of the 318 Darwin Award nominations that were eligible for statistical testing, 282 awards were awarded to males and just 36 given to females.
Basically, males made up 88.7 per cent of Darwin Award winners. Such a statistically significant gender difference is entirely consistent with male idiot theory and supports the hypothesis that men are idiots and idiots do stupid things.
I gave some thought to this, and my conclusion of the matter is not very farfetched. Well, I might agree with the above claim, but just not yet. I decided to be objective about the issue. If we are going to judge and maybe label males as idiots, then we need to also put the other gender on the other side of the scale.
Think about it. You see, I have realised that women think there is something to figure out about men, but there really isn’t. If you could see inside the typical man’s mind, you’d see …sports …eat …sex …sports again. And that’s about it. Oh, and beer for some of them too. It really doesn’t get a lot more complex than that.
But then if you looked into the other gender’s mind it would be a whole different story… you will see stuff like “what is he thinking? “…” what is she thinking? “…” why did he look at me like that? “…” Am I gaining weight? “….ad infinitum.
Men enjoy simple things. When women are trying to figure out what we are thinking; we really aren’t thinking anything at all complex. For example, we like to hear facts like a male rat will have sex 20 times a day. Or that the male lion will often have sex up to 50 times a day.
A woman is way more likely to complicate those simple facts and ask, “What is that male lion thinking about when he is making all these conquests. Is he trying to prove his masculinity? Does that sound like psychotic? I don’t know. You get the idea. Yes, some of us are indeed idiots too, but that just adds to our charm.
Many times, men don’t think of what we are saying before we say it, and that often gets us in trouble with women. The woman then thinks we have some sinister plot going on, that’s why we said the mean thing. The fact is we were just too stupid to think that thought through to an end, and it often gets us in trouble.
So, women, you will have to forgive us and please stop thinking we have more on our minds than we do. We are not actually that complicated. But while we may not always be as smart, we are also not complete morons.