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0830, 05 Sep 17

Female Hurricanes More Deadly

Personally, I find it offensive that the researchers assumed the gender of these hurricanes. I also find it offensive that they did not include all genders along the hurricane gender spectrum.

(CNN)Apparently sexism isn’t just a social problem — if you’re in the path of a hurricane, gender bias might actually kill you.

A study suggests people prepare differently for hurricanes depending on whether the storm has a male or female name.
“Feminine-named hurricanes (vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to a lower perceived risk and consequently less preparedness,” a team of researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In other words, a hurricane named “Priscilla” probably wouldn’t be taken as seriously as a hurricane named “Bruno,” which might spark more fear and prompt more people to flee.

0830, 05 September 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Houston mayor clearly thought Harvey was transgender, based on his lack of preparedness.

  2. billphoto

    I have a real problem here with the author AND OWEN not using the correct pronoun instead choosing to be gender specific.  What’s next dogs sleeping with cats?

  3. Owen

    Sorry… I did not ask the hurricanes their preferred pronoun. Clearly, it’s an unforgivable microaggression on my part.

  4. Paul

    Is y’all an acceptable gender neutral pronoun?

  5. jjf

    Paul, in Wisconsin it’s “youse guyses.”

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