When it comes to parenting, we have to learn a whole lot of things we didn’t realize we didn’t know or understand. If you’re parenting a child with a different gender than your own, there’s an added learning curve. A new survey conducted by ExerciseBike wanted to take a more in-depth look at some of the popular myths around women’s bodies, specifically when it comes to fitness and health. What the survey results found was we all have a lot more to learn in this area, and dads still don’t know anything about women’s health.
ExerciseBike surveyed 985 people to better understand “common perceptions about women’s health and anatomy as they relate to fitness.” In one section of their results, they specifically only looked at what men who have daughters felt about specific topics such as women’s pain tolerance, exercise and periods, and partaking in certain activities.
What the results found was, overall, men with daughters had far less understanding and correct information in these topics than the women or men without daughters understood.
Here’s the data breakdown:
- 43.8% of men with daughters felt women should engage in different exercise activities than men. This compares with 36% of men without daughters agreeing with this statement and 35.3% of women.
- 44.4% of men with daughters believe women should lift lighter weights and do fewer repetitions than men, compared to 30.8% of men without daughters believing the statement, and 27.9% of women.
- 33.7% of men with daughters think a woman’s period mentally affects her athletic abilities, where only 26.3% of men without daughters believe this and 22.7% of women surveyed believe this statement.
- 35.5% of men with daughters believe that frequent sex stretches the vaginal muscles, compared to 20.6% of men without a daughter, and 19.2% of women believing this statement.
- 27.2% of men with daughters think women aren’t as tough as men, where only 16.2% of men without daughters, and 10.9% of women feeling this way.
- 23.1% of men with daughters believe women have a lower pain tolerance than men. This compares with 16.6% of men without daughters believing this, and just 11.2% of women feeling the same way.
- 24.3% of men with daughters believe women shouldn’t work out during their period, while only 13% of men without a daughter, and 11.1% of women feeling this way.
- 29% of men with daughters feel women and girls should stop playing sports after their first period. This number is way up from 11.3% of men without daughters, and 8.3% of women feeling this way.
Looking at all the data results, it’s clear that men with daughters believe these myths in far higher numbers than women or even men who don’t have a daughter. The data is surprising because one could theorize that dads with girls may be more aware of the outdated myths that surrounding sports and fitness for females. But that’s not what these numbers show at all.
What this survey tells all of us is that there is still a lot to be learned, for everyone, when it comes to fitness and women’s health. But, dads who are parenting daughters seem to have a more significant hill to climb here.