Colds: The Gender Gap

by Jonah Goldberg

I’ve got a miserable head cold. My father was legendary for his inability to handle a head cold. I have inherited that trait. My wife thinks I am giant baby in this regard. I have heard similar complaints from other wives about their husbands. Men whine and complain. We’re full of melodrama. Meanwhile, the wives claim, they can’t afford to let a mere cold slow them down (particularly when they have to play Florence Nightingale to their husbands and kids), so they just tough it out.  Fair enough. I am not about to get crosswise with the Fair Jessica on the issue of her outsized contributions to the family unit.

However, isn’t it possible, just possible, that colds effect men and women differently? It seems to me I often read about a new study that shows men are in fact more fragile than women when it comes to all sorts of health issues. Maybe women think their menfolk are too fragile because they think colds hit both genders the same way?

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