I am utterly shocked that the same players as always are coming out as unsympathetic to people who are not white men. As someone who has almost certainly felt more physical pain in my life than the responder (I played football in high school but more importantly I lived for years with really bad dental problems, problems that culminated in multiple extractions and root canals, and in the process pain so extreme that the experience of having anesthesia wear off in the middle of one of those root canals doesn't even place in the top 5 of my most painful moments), I concur with others who say that experiencing really severe pain inures you to lesser hurts, and since giving birth is perhaps the most common shared experience of extreme pain that we have as humans, I just see no reason why women as a whole would have higher and not lower thresholds than men.
The thing is, too, that for all of these anecdotes about how men are socialized to just suck it up and act stoic, we are also I think far freer in our society to admit that our shoulder hurts or whatever than women are. In fact, if we're going to compare hoary stereotypes, what about the one that's about how men get whiny and miserable when they have a cold whereas women will just act like it's no big thing?
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