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The battle of the sexes

At the UOL we like to do research whenever possible. This morning we found ourselves on our bicycle going to the UOL Research Institute of Excellence. Halfway a disturbing notion had entered our brain. We had the distinct feeling that most bicyclists we had encountered were of the female gender. We decided to test this hypothesis by counting the gender of all bicyclists from that point in time until our arrival at the UOL RIE. The results were crystal clear: we had counted 24 female bicyclists and only 13 of the male variety. The interpretation of these results was slightly more difficult, but after a careful examination of existing literature and an in-depth analysis of the new data, we concluded that the members of the female gender must be more athletic and stronger than the male gender. Human males are in general too weak to be able to ride the bicycle through the hilly and undulating landscape of Helsinki. Most of them are therefore forced to use forms of motorized transport, such as for instance the car, motorcycle, or even public transport. This conclusion is backed up by evidence gathered in the Netherlands, a tiny country in Western Europe. This country is predominantly flat, with an abundance of smooth and comfortable bicycle paths and the distances traveled by bicyclist are usually short. Here the ratio of female and male bicyclists approaches the 1:1 ratio, a ratio that is to be expected if both genders are equal. This would indicate that when the situation is favorable, that is, when the physical effort required is minimal, human males are able to enjoy bicycling to a similar degree as females.

Comment on comment: University of Life ‘the battle of the sexes’

At the UOL we are always happy with comments from concerned citizens. Here we have a comment from a researcher currently working in the Institute of Biotechnology:

I wanted to confirm UOL’s observations

on ‘the battle of the sexes’, in which they and others have counted

the number of female and male bicyclists finding that there are more

female than male bicyclists in Finland, Helsinki area, by counting

bicyclists. I myself chose location from Hakaniemi to Viikki in the

morning ours from 7:45-8:30. I counted 60 bicyclists in total. From

that number 26 were of male gender and 34 were of female gender, 2

individuals were of undetermined sex. Statistically there were

significantly more female bicyclists than male bicyclists in the

morning ours on relation Hakaniemi-Viikki (data not shown). Thus my

data confirms UOL’s already published data. Interesting enough

there were equal number of individuals from both sexes which were

very difficult to classify in male or female category.

This last remark puzzled the researchers at the UOL. Sometimes it is difficult to classify the gender of a specific person. We feel that we have to pay more attention to this subject since gender identity is an important aspect of ones personality, but we will do this at a later date.

We will also archive these observations in our humongous Archive of Life.


Professor at the UOL

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