Poll highlights gender differences

Aug. 18, 2006 at 11:27 AM
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ATHENS, Ohio, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Researchers at Ohio University have found that nature is far more important than nurture when it comes to the differences between men and women.

A poll released by the Scripps Survey Research Center at the school shows that even today U.S. men and women follow patterns of behavior common to their gender, The Washington Times reports.

The poll found that men are still chivalrous, protective of women and generally stubborn while women like to shop and will ask directions when they get lost.

"One of the failures of second-wave feminism is the refusal to recognize that there are in fact differences between men and women," Michelle D. Bernard, president of the Independent Women's Forum, told the Times.

One of the more unusual differences the Ohio University poll turned up involved eating: 60 percent of male respondents said they would eat food that had fallen on the floor while less than half the women surveyed said they would do so.

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