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Two years ago a report appeared in a national UK newspaper.

'The Telegraph,'  printed a new analysis of a survey . It found that each sex has firmly entrenched characteristics. With women showing more sensitivity. warmth and apprehension than men. In contrast, emotional stability, dominance, rule-consciousness and vigilance are more typically male characteristics, experts said.

Previous research had claimed that the average personality differences between men and women were small. But the new analysis revealed that each sex had a distinct set of characteristics, with just 18 per cent of men having a typical 'female' set of traits or vice versa.

Rather than go on about statistics and different characteristics between men and women, I want to share a joke with you, which I recently put on Facebook, and it was shared numerous times – by females, of course!

A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. 'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'

A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?' Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:

  1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic
  2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else
  3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
  4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it. (THIS GETS BETTER!)

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because:

  1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
  2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
  3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
  4. As soon as you commit to one, you realise that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

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