10 Facts About the Female Body That Very Few People Know About
We already know about the incredible endurance of women’s bodies and have heard something about the difference between men and women’s color recognition. And did you know that cellulite is not a “bad fat” but an absolutely normal thing? How about women being more rational than men by nature?
Bright Side gathered 10 facts about the female body that you’ve probably never heard about.
And don’t miss our surprising bonus at the end.
1. Women’s necks are more movable.
Have you ever noticed how women and men turn when they’re called? Try this and you will see that the man turns his whole body and that the woman just turns her head. The reason lies in the muscle structure which is more elastic in women’s bodies.
But, dear ladies, please be careful while you are twisting your heads. According to a study from Loyola University Medical Center, females report neck pain more often than men do.
2. Women have sensitive hearing while sleeping.
This fact is the result of an evolutionary process. Women are sensitive to noises while they asleep so that they’ll be roused by a crying baby. But the good news is that this rule only works for high pitched noises. Speaking in a low register will help to avoid waking up a woman.
And what’s unfair in this situation is that women are also more sensitive to sleep disorders than men.
3. Women have one breast bigger than the other.
The difference can either be almost invisible or highly notable, but in both cases there’s nothing to worry about. Nobody has absolutely symmetrical breasts. There are a lot of reasons for this. It can be, for example, the volume of breast tissue or a different size or shape of the breast pocket. Sometimes it’s even about skin elasticity.
Anyway, we believe that all breasts are beautiful.
4. Women are more rational than men.
Despite common opinion that women are more emotional and men are more rational, the reality is quite opposite. A thick cortex has been associated with higher scores on a variety of cognitive and general intelligence tests. And women’s brains have much thicker cortices than men’s do.
Meanwhile, men had higher brain volumes, which plays a broad role in emotions and making decisions.
5. Сellulite is not a bad thing.
First of all “сellulite” is not a medical term, it’s also not a sign of obesity, but of a mature female.
According to the statistic, only one in 40 women doesn’t have this kind of accumulation of fat in their gluteal-femoral region.
Despite this fact, we keep hearing about the “wrong” fat and the accumulation of toxic substances that our bodies can’t cope with, but fat tissue actually plays an important role in the production of hormones, including estrogen.
The truth is cellulite as a global problem is not even fifty years old. So should we be worried when Marilyn Monroe wasn’t?
6. Women get drunk faster than men.
Women have less water in their tissues than men. What does this mean? A few things. Women get drunk faster than men, because their bodies are less able to digest the alcohol before it reaches the bloodstream.
Women sweat less than men. This can be good, but it’s also the reason women are not so good at bearing the heat. Because of the lower water level and therefore smaller volume of blood, women also have hemoglobin levels that are 12% lower than men.
7. Women form stronger attachments to other people.
The reason why is that women have higher oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is the so-called love hormone. It promotes attachment, solidifies relationships, and eases stress. Oxytocin is also responsible for creating mother-child bonds and even for breastfeeding.
8. Women’s bodies keep changing in their twenties.
If you had crazy and unhealthy teen years it’s not too late to change your lifestyle. Women’s bodies are still growing and changing into their twenties. So, keep eating bananas and almonds, they contain a lot of calcium which really helps make your bones stronger. Exercises for muscle strengthening will do this too.
There’s also a chance you will get better in decision-making, because your prefrontal cortex is still developing.
9. Women have a better predisposition to creativity.
The brain is a network. There are a lot of wires and connections inside of it. Studies have found that the networks in women’s brains are more connected than the networks in men’s brains.
That means women are faster at creating causal connections, but at the same time easily get used to a routine.
10. European women have a lighter complexion than men.
According to new research, women of European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde compared to men. The study suggests that this is because the blonde genes that may have been in women at birth are more persistent in females and actually disappear in males. It also may be happening for evolutionary reasons because blonde women are more likely to be successful in their relationships and men are more likely to be successful with women if they’re dark-haired. Of course, these all are just assumptions so far.
For now, scientists call this phenomenon an “intriguing mystery”.
Bonus: Body language advice
Speaking of mysteries, another mystical attribute of the female body is body language. Whether or not it’s fiction or science, we’ll leave up to you, but one thing has passed the test of female charm: hand gestures.
The way a woman holds her posture reveals a lot about her feelings. One of the most significant positions to stand in is when you keep your shoulders low and your hands together. This shows that you are interested in what’s going on. On the contrary, if the arms are crossed, it shows that you are not interested in having any kind of relationship with the person you are talking to.
Keeping your hands below chin level and outside any pockets, while using minimal arm crossing movements are read as attractive and likable in both social, business and romantic situations.
Which facts have you noticed about yourself? Which didn’t you know about? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me