Is Being Female Synonymous With Being Fearful?

November 6, 2014 9:58 PM

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It's well-established in my field that women report more anxiety than men do. For several years I have assumed this was not a reflection of actual experienced anxiety, but rather a lack of social acceptability for men to admit to any sort of mental distress. I began to question that assumption this summer.

Sitting at a conference in a roomful of men and women in late July, a question was posed to the audience: "How many of you have had a hinky/I'm-not-sure-I-should-go-down-that-alley-by-myself type of experience in the last month?" The hand of every female in the room went up (including mine); not a s...

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