Why Are Men And Women So Different?

Yet another new report over-generalizes about the sexes to explain why men and women seem to be from different planets. After the jump, science reveals why women love cuddling, watching chick flicks, and obsessing over details, while men hate shopping and never seem to get very cold.1. Women want to cuddle

What the experts say: “During sexual intercourse, oxytocin is released in both men and women, and that encourages bonding within the couple,” says Dr. Marianne J. Legato, founder of the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University. However, “testosterone neutralizes the effect of oxytocin, so men are less likely to want to prolong contact after orgasm.”

Wow, I kinda wish someone would send my boyfriend the memo.

2. Men hate shopping

What the experts say: Men like the “hunt” for a specific item, whereas women enjoy “grazing” for items. “Men are much more task-oriented,” says Robert Schwarz, a psychologist and director of the Mars and Venus Counseling and Wellness Center in Haverford, Pennsylvania. “They hunt it, they kill it, they buy it and they go out.”

Honestly, we aren’t that different in this arena. Ladies, haven’t you ever wanted to kill the person who grabs the last chunky, bat-wing black sweater that’s 50 percent off and your size?

3. Women make mountains out of molehills

What the experts say: Men are problem-solvers and only bring up their issues to find a solution; women use their problems as an opportunity to relate and bond with each other.

Because, you know, the last thing women want is to actually solve anything. Right.

4. Men are impervious to cold

What the experts say: According to the Mayo Clinic, women are more sensitive to cold than men because women are smaller so their metabolic rate tends to be lower and, as a result, their bodies generate less heat.

OK, but that doesn’t explain why men hog all the covers at night.

5. Women love chick flicks

The experts have no way of explaining this phenomenon. Really, no one with a brain can understand why anyone would willingly sit through a Kate Hudson rom-com. [CNN.com]