Women react better in disasters than men because men are more likely to go to the window and watch, study finds

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in September 2019:

Our thanks to Mike P for this piece in the Telegraph. It was written by “Telegraph reporters”, or in reality, “female Telegraph reporters”.

The title of this blog piece is the same as the headline in the paper, but the following would have been more accurate:

Women stay safely in their homes after disasters, while men take part in community efforts connected with the incident, study finds

Needless to say, the (female) lead “researcher” of the “study” finds female disadvantage in female passivity and male proactivity:

Women are better equipped than men to deal with a disaster because men are more likely to go to the window to see what’s going on than take cover, a study has found.

The reactions of both genders during an emergency, such as an explosion or tornado, were tested by interviewing those who had been through such events.

Women were found to be more likely to take a safer approach, but were not always able to convince their partner to follow.

They were quicker to take cover when disaster strikes, or to prepare for evacuation when warned of an approaching hurricane or tornado, according to researchers from the Natural Hazards Centre at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

But men want to stay in the thick of it, whether to witness or to go out and take part in community efforts connected with the incident, the researchers told the journal Disasters.

The findings were drawn from interviews with men and women who were affected by a tornado which ripped through Texas in 2013.

The interviewees were from the towns of Granbury, Texas, and West, also in Texas, where a fertiliser explosion killed 15 and destroyed 100 homes.

Following a disaster, women reverted to their stereotypical “home-making” roles, said the report, putting the homes back together and looking after children when schools remained closed.

But these gender roles leave women at a disadvantage, said Melissa Villarreal, lead researcher, because they are less likely than their male partners to make decisions for the whole family – which are often more sensible and safer. [J4MB emphasis]

She said: “We found that there are many barriers that disadvantage women [J4MB: Such as…?] in the event of a disaster, leaving them behind when it comes to decision-making and potentially slowing down their recovery.”

“Women seemed to have a different risk perception and desire for protective action than the men in their lives, but men often determined when and what type of action families took.

“In some cases, this put women and their families in greater danger.” [J4MB emphasis]

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