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Why Girls Are Smarter Than Boys

The saying goes that when life gives you a lemon, you’re supposed to make lemonade.

The other day I witnessed the practical application of this theory.

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I have tons of lemons in my backyard. My granddaughter and her friend made a slightly sweet, extremely tart, but definitely drinkable lemonade. On the other hand, my grandson and his friend turned those same lemons into something completely indigestible which they called “Deathade.” Their concoction was comprised of lemon juice, soy sauce, dirty water and a few squished worms for flavoring.

A few minutes later, the girls set up a stand, offering delicious homemade lemonade with chocolate chip cookies. And what did the boys do? They blasted it with insults and water balloons.

This observation confirmed my belief that although men may have a positive attitude toward life, they have a totally different way of looking at things. And this way of observing and processing the world around them is something they are born with.

No one tells a young boy that he should use his sister’s Barbie doll for target practice. That the family cat prefers dangling from the balcony to being cuddled on the couch. Or that worms enjoy having their heads cut off.

Boys have this tear through it, rip it down mentality. Whereas girls, as bitchy as they can get with one another (and yes, it starts at a young age) still have that sensitive side that makes ripping and tearing hard if someone’s going to get hurt.

I’m generalizing, and when doing so there are always the exceptions. But if you look around the business world, more men hold the upper positions. I think it’s easier for a man to sweep through a company, determine what is needed to make it prosper and lay-off unnecessary staff, than it is for a woman. It’s the way men seem to be wired.

Perhaps this wiring is some sort of connection between the brain and the penis. Starting at a very young age, boys like to walk around the house touching themselves. This behavior continues throughout their lives. Men are always adjusting, shifting and showing off their manhood. Whereas, if and when little girls want to explore their body developments, they usually do so in private. And let’s face it. The female body is a much finer work of art. Soif anyone is going to exhibit nudity in public, it really ought to be the woman.

But rather than exploit each other, women tend to nurture, love and care for one another. We like to talk about our feelings, rather than hide them behind a slap on the back or watching those silly slapstick movies.

Which brings me back to those young boys, laughing hysterically as the lemonade cups toppled to the ground. They ran off feeling powerful and full of themselves. But their actions did little more than annoy the girls, who immediately rebuilt their stand and went on to make enough money to buy popsicles later that afternoon from the ice cream truck.

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Janie Emaus

Janie Emaus is the author of the time travel romance, Before the After, and the young adult novel, Mercury in Retro Love. She has an essay in the Best Selling humor anthology, You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth. She is a staff writer at In The Powder Room. She is proud to be named a 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year . Janie believes that when the world is falling apart, we're just one laugh away from putting it together again. To learn more about Janie visit her blog and her website Janie Emaus. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @Janie5010.

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Walker Thornton

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

So true. When I was raising my first son there were no toy guns, no unmonitored television, no overtly aggressive 'boy' toys. I even bought him a doll. He made toy guns out of everything! Everything! Today? He's in the military! Ha....

Janie Emaus

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

Yep. The sexes are just inherently different.

Kathy Bennett

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Having worked in a male dominated profession, I've seen women climb and achieve positions of power. But I also think/feel many aren't as comfortable in those roles as the men are. I think the women hide it well, and there are always exceptions, but those have been my observations.

Janie Emaus

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

Kathy - So how do we make women more comfortable?


Tuesday 1st of April 2014

LOL - so much truth to this! Grew up with brothers and a sister... raised two boys and two girls...'nuf said! And poor Barbie...she's been a target for generations :-)

Janie Emaus

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Yeah, poor Barbie. Thanks for stopping by.

suzette standring

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

By nature (scientifically proven) men are hierarchal and women are consensus driven. By your own observation, women are better at making lemonade out of lemons. Ask any changed man.

Janie Emaus

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

LOL! So right you are.

Sharon Greenthal

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Great comment!


Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Thanks God. I couldn't stand a world of just Women or men

Janie Emaus

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Me, either!

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