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Why women are afraid of mice?

It has been a conundrum why women are afraid fo such furry little cute creatures like mice. Many explanations have been put forward to explain this reaction, notably one of the more interesting one is from the prominent Japanese Nobel Prize winning chemist Prof. Kataguzi.

He postulated that mice are an indication of unhygienic conditions. And a woman fears nothing more than the discovery of an unhygienic household by her mother-in-law. Hence the over the top reaction. Although believable at some points we have to reject this theory based on the fact that women without mother-in-laws also fear mice.

We would rather propose a deeper cause that has its roots in evolutionary pressure. One of the most influentual processes that shapes evolution and therefore life is the battle of the sexes. Indeed, the male and female sex have different evolutionairy needs and desires resulting in different adaptations and behavioural patterns.

The need to reproduce has has such different effects on both sexes. Women want a providing father who is faithful in order to successfully raise a child. Men want to impregnate as many women as possible. Naturally this leeds to a conflict between both sexes.

And here lies our explanation why women are afraid of mice. Women have a powerful instinct to avoid too many sexual partners. In this case the instinct leads to a behaviour of flight and fright, which is triggered by a so-called super stimulus. What is this superstimulus? Characteristic of a male with an urgent desire to reproduce is a set of hairy balls with a long naked extension protruding from it also known as the penis.

The nature of a superstimulus is, however, that the corresponding behaviour is elicited every time such a superstimulus is presented. We propose that a little ball of fur with a long naked tail resembles the original superstimulus closely enough for the flight and fright reaction.

Currently we are conducting practical experiments to test our hyposthesis and the amount of screaming so far recorded fully supports our evolutionary view on the matter of why women are afraid of mice.


Professor at the UOL

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