we'll always have writing our name in the snow
Only until you get old my friend.
Women also have a higher absolute threshold for pain than men (by 9x I believe), so we can handle pain better than males.
My threshold for pain is zero!
To measure the differences in pain tolerance between men and women, Fillingim uses something called effect size, which compares the differences between the groups to the differences within each group. On a scale of small, moderate, and large, the pain tolerance difference between men and women is considered moderate. In degrees centigrade that translates to a difference of one degree to a degree and a half.
"So they are not so great that you would say, 'Here comes a women and she will have more pain no matter what else is going on,'" he says. "It is also not so small that they should be ignored for other factors."
Those findings actually prompt as many questions as they answer. For instance, researchers want to know, what role does a woman's menstrual cycle play in her perception of pain? It must play some part, says Sherry Marts, scientific director for the Society for Women's Health Research in Washington, D.C. For example, she says, women know not to get their legs waxed right before their period because it is much more painful than at other times in their cycle.
"Something in the hormonal factor is affecting the perception of the pain," says Marts.
Fillingim agrees, adding that laboratory research suggests that during the premenstrual phase women are more sensitive to most types of painful stimuli than during other phases of their cycle.
"So there are a lot of complicated interactions among different systems of the body rather than just estrogen going up and down," he says.
Maybe this will clear things up?
I wonder how much of your real life observation, Robert, is due to women (especially younger ones) responding to minor pain around men as a way of asserting their need to be cared for. Maybe that falls under your earlier post... seduce?