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Mandos

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That life expectancy thing
« on: June 20, 2006, 10:36:58 AM »
It degenerates into a flamewar over the nature of depression but here goes:

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That life expectancy thing
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2006, 10:27:23 AM »
Well, from the life-expectancy angle, we need to see the comparative stats over the years.

I think it has been claimed that the gap between the sexes has closed slightly -- I don't know whether that's true, and a lot of stuff written about life expectancy is garbled anyway. If it is true, though, we would have to consider a number of factors: women's increased participation in the work force and lifestyle changes that accompany that increased participation, in particular.

I have no doubt that there is such a thing as situational depression, and anyone can end up there. I'm sure there are ranges of other susceptibilities, too, and I know there are many controversies over professional diagnoses and treatments of them.

I would give a lot of credit to the traditional social networks that women build up, but that's just a guess. Those have tended to be different from business networking, although women have shown themselves perfectly competent at that too.

Male emotional repression may be a problem, but then women have co-operated with systems of repression as well. Until recently, eg, women pressured one another to be more observant of some social proprieties than did men -- they probably smoked and drank less, eg, ate less red meat, indulged in fewer risky behaviours. Loosening up in that behavioural sense may well have a negative impact on life expectancy.

So. Who knows?  :?

 

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