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Women Experience Pain Differently From Men

BBC News reports a study showing that women, on average, experience more pain than men as well as dealing with pain in a different way. This is certainly an interesting study but the opening line of the BBC report is completely beyond me,

“Women are bigger wimps than men when it comes to pain.”

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If women experience more pain and react to it at a lower threshold then clearly, their experience is worse. How does this make them wimps? Saying that women are wimps for having a more intense experience of pain is like blaming a diabetic for not being able to eat five mars bars.
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