On coronavirus, men are calling all the shots. We're seeing why it matters

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May 22, 2020

On coronavirus, men are calling all the shots. We're seeing why it matters

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By Gaby Hinsliff,

Don’t go out alone in the dark. Don’t get carried away in the heat of the moment. Work twice as hard in order to be taken half as seriously, but don’t work so hard that you somehow forget to have a baby. Be nice, be good, but above all be careful.

To grow up as a girl is so often to grow up being told that the world is a perilous place full of chances to get it horribly wrong, where if something bad happens it will probably be your fault somehow.

Women are positively encouraged to question and doubt themselves, to check and double-check before venturing an opinion in case someone thinks it’s stupid; to play it safe if in doubt. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that research shows women are more likely than men to anticipate a bad outcome from taking a risk, and therefore less likely to take risks in the first place.

Click here to read the full article published by The Guardian on 22 May 2020.

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