Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes


We all know sexism exists (if you didn't know: Sexism exists. There, now you know), but I had no idea it applied even to the WEATHER.

According to a new study, people prepare differently for hurricanes, depending on whether the storm has a "male" name or a "female" name. Female-named storms tend to be perceived as less threatening than male-named storms; people have a tendency to under-prepare for the feminine named storms because of the perception that they aren't as serious. 


Sexism even exists in hurricane forecasts?!? 

"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.

Where is the facepalm emoji when you need it?!



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