C. Ronaldo just might be too hot; literally.
A Venezuelan TV presenter Yuvi Pallarés while reporting on the superstar and world best football , got so hot and decided to damn the consequences and take off her clothes.
“One minute she acts like she wants to be with me and I’m the one rejecting her. The next, she’s got this barbed wire fence and barking dogs around her, like I can’t even ask her the simplest questions.”
“And here I was assuming you didn’t care about her.”
Stabbing his fingers through his hair, he groaned, “I don’t!”
Sorry, men ARE more brainy than women (and more stupid too!) It’s a simple scientific fact, says one of Britain’s top dons
Baroness Susan Greenfield is one of Britain’s best-known female scientists; she’s a professor of neurophysiology at the University of Oxford, a former director of the Royal Institution and an accomplished writer and broadcaster on scientific matters.
So when she very publicly bemoans the lack of women reaching the higher echelons of the scientific establishment, people tend to sit up and take notice.
In a newspaper article last month, she expressed her concern that only ten per cent of science professors in this country are women.
Albert Einstein: Was he the perfect example of a male scientist being more intelligent than a female colleague?
Her comments struck a chord, attracting a host of comments agreeing that women scientists were generally getting a raw deal.
This raises an important and controversial question. Is there really a glass ceiling holding back the careers of talented female scientists? Have decades of anti-sexual discrimination legislation really counted for nothing in the laboratories of Britain?
Or might there be another explanation for why we find such a marked shortage of women, not just in the highest levels of science but in big business, the professions, and politics, too?
It is my contention – based on a lifetime of academic research – that there is an explanation and I advance it all too aware of the howls of feminist outrage I am about to unleash.
So, here goes: one of the main reasons why there are not more female science professors or chief executives or Cabinet ministers is that, on average, men are more intelligent than women.
Nor do the shocks to the noisy advocates of equal opportunities stop there, I’m afraid.
Baroness Susan Greenfield
For not only is the average man more intelligent than the average woman but also a clear and rather startling imbalance emerges between the sexes at the high levels of intelligence that the most demanding jobs require.
For instance, at the near-genius level (an IQ of 145), brilliant men outnumber brilliant women by 8 to one. That’s statistics, not sexism.
In this context, Professor Greenfield’s indignation that only one in ten science professors is female doesn’t seem all that bad. It also goes some way to explaining why, in almost 110 years of Nobel Prize history, only two women have ever won the Prize for physics, only four have won the Prize for chemistry and why no women at all have ever won the coveted Fields Medal for mathematics in eight decades of trying.
In recent years, the forces of political correctness have made the reporting of this sort of statistic virtually impossible.
Yet as a psychologist who has dedicated his career to the study of intelligence – and, in particular, to how it differs between the sexes – I can tell you that in my academic circles these IQ figures are barely disputed.
Ever since the Frenchman Alfred Binet devised the first intelligence test in 1905, study after study has confirmed the same result. When it comes to IQ, men and women – at least once they’ve gained adulthood – simply are not equal.
Boys and girls may start out with the same IQ but by 16 or so boys are starting to inch ahead. The ever-growing success of girls at GCSE, A-level and now at university would seem to refute this – but the blame lies with our exam system, with its emphasis on coursework, which rewards diligence more than it does intelligence.
The undeniable, easily measurable fact remains that, by the time both sexes reach 21, men, on average, score five IQ points higher than women.
Before discussing how and why this might be, I ought to explain what psychologists mean by intelligence. It’s made up of a range of cognitive abilities that include reasoning, problem-solving, spatial ability, general knowledge and memory.
In all of these, men outperform women – although women hold their own when it comes to verbal reasoning and have a definite edge in foreign language skills and spelling.
We must look to the field of evolutionary psychology for an explanation of why men have emerged as the more intelligent sex.
As the hunter part of a hunter-gatherer society, men were faced with complex, life-threatening problems that needed solving on a daily basis. For example, how to kill that elusive deer?
The hunters that used all their mental capabilities to come up with the answers, successfully killing animals day after day, were clearly the most intelligent.
They were the high-status males of their day and – provocative as it is to say so – must have possessed far sharper minds than those of women engaged in the relatively simple tasks of gathering berries and raising children.
The difference in intelligence between boys and girls starts to emerge at school
These high-status males would also have been the most eligible mates, and it would be their genes – chief among which would be those controlling male brain size – that would be passed on to the next generation.
The result is that men today still have physically bigger brains than women, even after adjustments for their different-body size. Might this underpin the five-point difference in IQ between the sexes?
Of course, in normal daily life, there’s not much real difference between a man with an IQ of 105 and a woman with an IQ of
100. The real difference only emerges as we rise up the IQ scale to the sort of level that the really top jobs require and as we drop lower down the scale – because men, as it turns out, have a much wider range of intelligence than women.
As a result, there are not only far more men with high IQs than there are women, but there are also, as I’m sure any woman would tell you, far more stupid men around than there are stupid women.
There is, as yet, no simple or, indeed, totally convincing explanation as to why this is, but while the abundance of stupid men has always caused social problems, it is the relative abundance of highly intelligent men that has caused problems for several generations of emancipated, liberated, ambitious women.
As a result, when these women get close to the top, they are simply out-numbered by highly intelligent and often ruthlessly ambitious men.
As our hunter-gatherer example has already suggested, men and women have also evolved different kinds of intelligence.
The demands of hunting – devising tactics and strategies, anticipating likely outcomes – favoured the development of reasoning, together with mathematical and spatial abilities, which is why, thousands of years later, men continue to be overrepresented in fields such as maths and physics.
However, when it comes to verbal intelligence, women match men because, in our hunter-gatherer past, women needed verbal abilities to negotiate their relationships with both men and women and to teach and socialise their children.
This explains why they are every bit as successful as men at writing novels, say, or even newspaper columns. Their superior foreign language skills explain why if you walk into a university language lecture theatre, you won’t find many men.
But there’s another reason why, at the very highest and most demanding of levels in society, men have a natural advantage – and it’s one we’ve seen in countless natural history TV documentaries.
Take, for example, the case of rutting stags or fighting chimps and you get the generally aggressive idea. Thanks to high levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, men are far more competitive and motivated for success than women.
For a man – at least as far as his hormone system is concerned – succeeding, competing and beating his rivals is very much still a matter of life and death.
Consequently, ambitious, high-achieving men typically work harder, compete more aggressively and become totally immersed in their careers, while even the most high-achieving women will often admit to finding themselves distracted by their genetically preconditioned aptitude for nurture and support.
For them, it is often a question of what to get for supper, or whether the children have got clean shirts for school. These are small distractions, admittedly, but at the very highest level they have an effect.
As an academic, it’s my job to tell the truth, to explain the scientific evidence before us, irrespective of how unfashionable my conclusions are.
Big ideas such as Galileo’s theory that Earth revolved around the Sun, rather than vice versa, or Darwin’s theory of evolution, met with vociferous opposition when first advanced.
And, certainly, the ideas I’ve laid out here have already got some highly respected people into very serious trouble.
Economist Lawrence Summers was forced to resign after saying men are better than women at certain jobs
In 2005, the distinguished economist Lawrence Summers was forced to resign as President of Harvard University after expressing the view, at a seminar on diversity in the academic workplace, that in some fields the innate cognitive differences between the sexes might make the search for a perfect 50:50 gender balance impossible.
He didn’t accept that the lack of women at senior level was all due to glass ceilings, anti-social hours or lack of opportunity and encouragement.
Instead, he went with what the science is clearly telling us – that at the really top level in maths and science, when we’re not dealing with average intelligence but near genius, there are simply more men around who can do the job.
For that simple statement of truth, he was eventually forced out of his post.I take some comfort from the fact that Lawrence Summers’ hormonally-driven male competitive instincts kicked in and he has now bounced back to become a senior economic adviser to President Obama.
But what if he and I are right – as I am 100 per cent convinced we are? If men are innately better at certain subjects than women, then why should society struggle so hard – and so expensively – to try to engineer a perfect balance between the sexes?
By all means, take steps to ensure that boys and girls get the same opportunities in education, but let’s also accept that those same opportunities will not produce the same outcomes. Men will always outnumber women in certain fields and vice versa.
My argument isn’t based on crude chauvinist doctrine (although I’m quite sure my opponents will disagree) but on decades of research, relatively simple statistics and an understanding of the law of averages.
Of course, just because men, on average, are more intelligent then women, doesn’t mean there are no individually brilliant women around.
If I’m right, it doesn’t mean there will be no female professors of physics; it just means we should accept that there will be fewer of them. Nor does it mean that a woman will never win the Fields Medal for mathematics; it just means that we live in a world where such an event is very, very unlikely.
I realise my views are unfashionable, just as I realise the juggernaut of sexual equality and political correctness will take an awful lot of stopping.
But I say to the social engineers who dream up ever-more-ingenious ways of getting more women into top positions; don’t be surprised if you find your nobly motivated ambitions foundering on the immovable rock of human nature.
• Professor Richard Lynn is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Ulster.
Andrew has revealed all about his life in TLC’s “The Man With No Penis” which sees him confess his life-long secret to friends and family – including his unsuspecting, long-term girlfriend, Fedra – and investigates life-changing surgery that could give him a fully-functioning penis built from the skin, blood vessels and nerves on his arm.
Filmed over twelve months, viewers will discover how Andrew’s rare birth condition left him with testicles, but no penis and how he kept it a secret from his lovers.
“I’ve told 20% of them the truth,” he says but then reveals how one woman punched him in the face when she learned the astonishing truth.
“It is difficult to explain to a new girlfriend but when I have, some have been really nice about it. But I was punched in the face once when I told a girl. I guess she was angry as she felt like I had lied but it’s not something you can say right away,” he previously told This Morning.
Now, after forty years of secrecy, Andrew’s decided to reveal the truth, admitting: “I was sick of hiding”. And, if the operation is successful, he’ll have a fully functioning penis for the first time in his life.
Andrew has made the news before, most notably when he appeared on This Morning to talk about his issue.
“My first girlfriend was really nice and understanding. We went out for four years and it was not a problem. It may have been if we were together in the future but we were only 15 so it wasn’t,” he explained.
The Zulu king blamed for sparking the violence against foreigners which has seen South Africa’s streets turn into battlefields running with blood over the past two weeks is no stranger to scandal.
It was just a couple of years ago that King Goodwill Zwelithini – who last month said foreigners should ‘pack their belongings’ and leave – labelled homosexuals as ‘rotten’.
The dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist has also courted the wrath of women’s rights and HIV/Aids campaigners for his hardline stance on controversial traditional virginity testing.
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Controversial: King Goodwill Zwelithini (pictured) has been blamed for sparking the xenophobic riots which has left at least seven dead in the last couple of weeks as it spreads from Durban to Johannesburg
Horrific: The brutal murder of Mozambican man Emmanuel Sithole in a township near Johannesburg was captured on camera. Zwelithini has been blamed for sparking outbursts of xenophobic violence like this
Xenophobia: The King is said to have told followers in a speech that foreigners were ‘lice’ and ‘ants’ and should be expelled from South Africa – a charge he denies, saying it was bad translation
Frenzy: A burnt-out car in the Jeppestown area of Johannesburg. King Zwelithini recently told a crowd of 10,000 that if he had really ordered people to be killed ‘this country would be reduced to ashes’
King Zwelithini resurrected the outdated custom, in the face of widespread opposition, by claiming it helped the country’s fight against HIV/Aids.
But more recently, there was the revelation that he was bankrupt – despite the 54million rand (£3million) handed to him from the South African government to keep the 67-year-old, his six wives and 28 children in the style to which they are accustomed.
And, as a man who likes to spend more on his birthday cake than many of his subjects earn in a lifetime, it is quite some lifestyle.
While King Zwelithini continues to enjoy all the trappings of his royal status, South African authorities arrested 11 men in Johannesburg late on Tuesday suspected of involvement in violence against immigrants, local television news reported.
The men were held during a joint raid by the police and army on a Johannesburg hostel.
A wave of anti-immigrant violence has so far claimed seven lives in trouble spots in Durban and Johannesburg, to where the government announced the deployment of defence forces on Tuesday.
A speech given by the King in Durban last month, denouncing foreigners as ‘ants’ and ‘lice’ who should leave the country, has been blamed for sparking the violence.
The hellish scenes across townships in South Africa are a far cry from King Zwelithini’s opulent marriage to his sixth wife Zola Mafu, a 28-year-old princess from the neighbouring kingdom of Swaziland, in July, which included a marquee, catering and flowers for 5,000 invited guests.
According to South Africa’s Sunday Times, the monarch paid out more than £55,000 on catering, around £10,000 on a sound system and £15,000 on decorations and flowers.
In total, the extravaganza, attended by 5,000 people, cost an estimated £250,000.
Maintaining all six wives, their children and grandchildren in separate palaces, with generous allowances, private school fees and a retinue of personal staff, requires substantial funding, according to reports.
And he decided they all needed new, imported military regalia to wear to the opening of KwaZulu Natal’s state legislature later this year – at the not insignificant price of £155,000, the Times claimed.
Defence: Zwelithini also claimed his words were badly translated in 2012 when he called gay people ‘rotten’
Nuptials: His wedding to sixth wife Zola Mafu (pictured) in July cost an estimated R4million, or about £250,000
Opulent: Another scene from Mafu’s wedding to the king. She was selected as his bride at the age of 18 while participating in the 2003 Swazi reed dance
Power: Zwelithini’s speech last month is said to be the cause of the violence which has turned the streets into a battleground, sending foreigners running for the safety of special camps
Luxurious: But the King – pictured here right at the annual reed dance at eNyokeni Royal Palace last year – more often comes under fire for lavish spending on his six wives, 28 children and numerous grandchildren
Funding: Zwelithini is given R54million (about £3million) by the South African government each year
But that is not to say the King, who became leader of South Africa’s biggest tribal group aged just 20 in 1968, does not have previous form on exorbitant expenditure.
In 2012, King Zwelithini asked for half a million pounds for a new palace for Queen Mafu – as well as an extra million pounds on fifth wife Queen MaMchiza’s home, in Nongoma, which boasts five royal residences.
Four years before, the royal family had come under fire for spending more than £16,000 on linen.
And just last month, the Sunday Times reported that the King had bought each of his queens a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, in addition to a seventh model ‘as a back up’.
The monarch’s opulent lifestyle is in stark contrast to millions of South Africans who, more than two decades after winning freedom, still do not have access to basic services such as clean water and electricity.
But despite opposition politicians hitting out at the huge amounts lavished upon King Zwelithini and his family, it is unlikely to change.
As South Africa celebrates 21 years of democracy next week, the largesse enjoyed by the king at the taxpayers’ expense appears assured – at least while controversial president and fellow Zulu Jacob Zuma clings to power.
Mr Zuma, who himself has four wives and at least 20 children, has relied on the influential leader to deliver political support, both to him personally and the governing ANC.
Joy: The new King and Queen celebrate during their wedding, yet Zwelithini is a man who likes to spend more on his birthday cake than many of his subjects earn in a lifetime
Bankrupt: But the King (centre) ran out of money last year following a particularly expensive few months, and had to beg for more funds – which the government, led by fellow Zulu Jacob Zuma (left), approved
Households: The King has also asked for more than a million pounds to build or renovate his wives’ palaces
Followers: But despite the extravagances, the King – pictured with Prince Charles in 2011 – is still adored by millions of people, many impoverished, willing to follow his every instruction
Raid: Zulu hostel dwellers on the staircase during a joint South African Police and army raid in Johannesburg yesterday. The raid was aimed at tackling gangs which have been hunting down and killing foreigners
Hands up: Zulus up against a wall waiting to be searched during the police raid on the hostel last night
Fearful: Potential gang members lie face down on the floor during the police and army action at the hostel
In return, the king enjoys a budget far higher than South Africa’s other royal households and chiefdoms.
Indeed, the South African government waved through an extra two million rand (£110,600) just last month, to help him get to the end of the financial year.
What’s more, his allowance looks set to rise to R63million (£3.5million) a year by 2017.
And none of this takes into account the amount the South African taxpayer is having to shoulder thanks to the inflammatory speech he gave in March.
‘We ask the foreign nationals to pack their belongings and go back to their countries,’ he said during the speech in Durban.
King Zwelithini has blamed bad reporting for his alleged hate speech, yet his attempt to call for calm this week contained a clear, but rather chilling hint at the power the firebrand believes he wields over his predominantly impoverished, young followers.
He told a crowd of 10,000 that if he had really ordered people to be killed ‘this country would be reduced to ashes’.
Even so, the South African government has been forced to declare ‘an emergency’ over the issue, ordering troops onto the streets of its most volatile townships where disaffected locals have been ransacking shacks in search of migrants they accuse of stealing job and business opportunities.
At least 7,000 foreigners are sheltering in camps for their safety and more than 900 have fled, including to Zimbabwe where despot Robert Mugabe’s government has likened the monarch’s alleged remarks to those made in the run up to the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago.
Outcast: There are about 7,000 foreigners sheltering in special camps in Durban and Johannesburg
The lady at the centre of the Takoradi alleged abduction and sexual assault has been described as someone noted for concocting stories according to some of her class mates in secondary school.
She has been identified as an old student of the Krobo Girls Senior High School in the Eastern region.
She is said to have entered the school in 2005 but was expelled in her final year in 2008 for theft, according to some of her classmates.
In an interview with some of them, they told Graphiconline that they knew her in school as Persis Naana Akosua Appiah Antwi who read General Arts in secondary school.
She responded to the nickname “Arrested Teenager.”
According to them, she once faked an asthma attack just to escape punishment.
On another occasion she was said to have tried to poison the student population by attempting to pour acid into the school’s water source. She was however caught before she could carry out that ordeal, they said.
Some said she used to run away from school to spend days out of campus and claimed to have been raped at a tender age.
One of her seniors Ms Jasmine Arku also confirmed that she knew her as a student of Krobo Girls and that she was behind her by one year.
Named by her employers as Ada, the presenter of Takoradi-based YFM, was said to have been abducted last week and sexually assaulted by unknown individuals. She was found Tuesday morning and was receiving treatment at the GHAPOHA Hospital in Takoradi.
She had been missing for about five days and her employers – Global Media Alliance – owners of YFM put out her name and asked the public to help find her.
Her abductors reportedly took pictures of the sexual assault, which they posted on Facebook. Some of the pictures have also been circulating on Whatsapp.
She is not a Nigerian
Her mates, many of whom had heard about the incident and seen the pictures on social media said victim was not a Nigerian as had been published earlier by some media houses.
There have been discussions in sections of the media pointing to the fact that the whole incident was staged and acted out but the police is however yet to come to that conclusion as they told that investigations were still ongoing.
The police and doctors in the Western region were able to speak with her on Wednesday but details of what transpired are not yet known.
There are suspicions that she contacted a syndicate and hired them to stage the act.
Meanwhile, the boyfriend of the victim, Rahman Nunoo, speaking to journalists in Takoradi early on, said he doubted her claims of abduction and sexual assault.
The victim, according to the police, has gone through this same experience four times in the past with the last before the present incident recorded in February 2015.
“On several occasions, she failed to cooperate to unravel the mystery surrounding her claims,” the boyfriend told journalists.
The boyfriend said in all her alleged kidnap and rape cases, the victim gave suspicious accounts of what exactly happened to her and who raped her.
According to Nunoo, while the victim upon her return said she walked from Mankesim to her Tanokrom residence in Takoradi, [a distance that takes approximately two hours by car] the supposed kidnapers sent him [Nunoo] a text message that said they could not find the way to his house and that they had left her naked on the street.