Monday, September 19, 2005

Correlating mortality

Here is a story about some silly research:
THURSDAY, Sept. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In a somewhat unexpected finding, societal male dominance over women -- patriarchy -- may help explain why men have a lower life expectancy than women worldwide.

British researchers analyzed rates of female murders and male death rates from all causes in 51 countries in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and North and South America. The prevalence of violence against women was used to indicate the extent of patriarchal control in each of the countries. Socioeconomic factors were also taken into consideration.

The study found that women lived longer than men in all 51 countries.
Here is the abstract and the full pdf. All it is really saying is that certain male death rates are correlated with female death rates. Nothing surprising there. The strange part is that it measures patriarchy by looking at female homicides. That is not what the term means at all and female homicide is an absurd measure.

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