What's REALLY different?
There are many traditional stereotypes that pervade society, like women wearing lipstick and skirts while men are into sports and race cars. Though, in recent years, more and more movements have stood up to combat what it really means to be a man or a woman, highlighting the fact that the sexes have much more in common than it seems.
That doesn’t mean the differences between males and females don’t run deep though. The way that the two genders are raised and socialized, paired with what is expected of them, can lead to some serious differences in the way that they act and think. There are also numerous biological differences.
While there are still many unfounded stereotypes, there are some interesting differences between men and women that have been found in studies and thorough research. Put away the clichés about makeup and video games, and check out these real differences between men and women.
While couples often find that they experience their sexuality the same way, there are different biological roots to their sexual arousal. When sexually aroused, men and women use different parts of their brain.
Women use the ventromedial hypothalamus and cerebral cortex. Using these areas of the brain mean that the experience is more connected to the rest of the mind. Men use the hypothalamus and the amygdala, which are areas of the brain also used for anxiety, aggression, and fear.
That’s not the only difference between men and women when it comes to sexuality. Men are actually easier to sexually arouse, since the center of sexual performance anxiety is notably smaller in men than it is in women. This anxiety can often be what prevents women from arousal.
The old cliché that women want to cuddle after sex while men doze off actually has some basis in biology. After women orgasm, the oxytocin and dopamine released in her body makes her want to cuddle. In men, orgasms release these chemicals into their hypothalamus, which can trigger their sleep center, making them fall asleep.