Men see things differently
Published: Monday, February 2nd, 2004
I was reading an article the other day in Psychology Today which said the average woman sees 119 shades of color that men cannot. Even when men are specially trained, women can see 48 more shades than men. It went on to say that was on of the reasons for the proliferation in different colors in makeup and women’s clothing and relative lack of color diference in men’s clothing. I showed the article to my wife and her imediate reaction was to disagree. “Yes, they can,” she said about the men’s inability to see as many colors. I pointed out that four different PHDs (two from Harvard no less) and two MDs collaborated on the article so it was pretty well researched. “Men can see them,” said my wife stubbornly, “but they won’t admit it. It’s like work around the house. No man will admit to being able to see all the chores that need to be done around the house. It’s just the way they are.” “That’s not true at all,” I said in defense of my gender as I ducked under the cup rack hanging by one nail that I’ve been meaning to get to and stepping over the sacks of trash that I’ll take out tomorrow, “I really think women’s chore perception is much like their color perception. Your chore related vision acuity is more refined in that direction than ours is. That’s all.” It was then that I realized that I had stumbled on to something that no doubt will soon be written up in some major medical journals. It isn’t that men are lazy and don’t want to do the chores around the house, like cleaning out the garage or fixing the screens on the windows and doors or even carrying out the trash (Heavens, perish the thought!). No, it’s that our genetic makeup keeps us from seeing the jobs that need to be done. As with the color study, in the future we will be proven incapable of seeing things like the broken porch rail, or the rain gutter full of leaves. I should point out also that the study of colors indicated that no matter how much training the men received in perseiving different hues, they could not see as many colors as the women in the study. So, ladies, it will not do any good to nag about the chores. We’re never going to see them all. After all, it’s genetic. My wife wanted to know if she could use the same logic in response to her putting the car in the garage. If the next time she leaves a bumper hooked to the garage door, I will refrain from screaming, yelling, throwing things in the air and generally maturely responding to the missing car part. After all, she contends it may be genetic for her also. No arguements on my part will make a difference. So here is my problem. If I say she has a point, then I can’t yell at her if anything happens to the car. On the other hand, If I say “no,” she can’t use that argument, I’m admitting that women are genetically superior to men. What a quandry. I know! What if I say, the study only deals with the average women, and there is nothing average about her.
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