Sunday, June 10, 2012

Take Off Your Shirt!

"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'
  - Mark 10:6

Funny story about the differences between boys and girls - Did you know that males and females, as a rule, take their shirts off differently?

DH and I were sitting on the back patio watching our boys play on the trampoline with some friends. For whatever reason, the boys decided that they needed to be shirtless for the particular game they were playing.

As I watched them take their shirts off, I realized that all five of them took their shirts off the exact same way - and totally different from how I do it. Each boy grabbed their shirt by the neck and pulled their shirt up over their head. I was stunned! How did they all know to do it that way? I certainly hadn't taught my boys that. I'm always worried that they will stretch their shirts and make them unwearable for the next child in line (hand-me-downs are a wonderful thing).

So I looked at DH and said, "Take off your shirt, please."

He was a little bit surprised, to say the least, but he did it. He took his shirt off the same way the boys did. I told him about my discovery, and he looked at me like I was nuts (I get that look quite a bit).

So he said, "Well, how do you take your shirt off?"

I said, "I cross my arms and grab the bottom of my shirt and pull up."

DH's response was, "Well, you're weird."

I quickly asserted that all women take off their shirts the same way I do. I had no proof at that point and was totally out on a limb.

Of course the next step was to poll our neighbors (don't you ask your neighbors questions about taking off their clothes?). Yes, they thought we were weird for asking, but they both answered the question. The Mrs. takes her shirt off from the bottom, and the Mr. takes his off from the neck.

By this point, I was completely curious. Was this just a backyard phenomenon or was it wide spread? So I took the next natural step - I asked my Facebook friends :-) I also sent a few texts. I checked with grown-ups and children. The results are in, and I'm amazed!!

81% of the 21 males I surveyed take their shirts off by the neck
92% of the 24 females I surveyed take their shirts off by the hem

I had no idea that there was a gender difference in how people take off their shirts!!

Why is this a big deal? It's not really. It won't change the world or make you a better person. It was just something I learned that I felt compelled to pass on to you. You can thank me later.



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25 comments:

  1. That is hilarious!!! My family def fits within your parameters!

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    1. Did you know about this? I was shocked! :-)

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  2. Wow! Yep it fits our family too!

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  3. Weird... and funny! Way to go with the scientific survey!

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    1. Thanks, Joey. I knew you would be proud.

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  4. Ha! You're so right! I never thought about it before.

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  5. Hi There,

    Funny, I never thought about it but there is a lot of truth in this. Thank you so much for sharing this article with us. Good luck on your new writing adventure. I think that you are going to be awesome.

    Cynthia

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement! I really appreciate it.

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  6. Hi Dawn! I am Paloma and responded at your "rookie" thread on the SITS forums... then I saw the name of your blog and I knew I would love it (after all I am a coffee lover myself and I offer my readers good "Coffee Shop" atmosphere on my blog) So... now... to the topic... WOW! I am shocked! I had never thought about it but yes! YOu are right! Of course in my case I take my shirt off from the bottom, like I guess now most girls do! ;) ... interesting! I'll check how hubby does it! :P

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    1. Hi Paloma. I have been over to your blog. We definitely share a love for coffee :-) I like your Quote Tuesday and your Coffee Photo Fridays!

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    2. Thanks! I hope you can send me some Coffee pics ;)

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  7. I'm so gonna make Lane take his shirt off for me when he's done putting the boys to bed! I'll report back, haha!

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    1. That's a riot! "Lane, take your shirt off. I have to talk to Dawn about it." That's really gonna make him glad we're friends :-)

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  8. By the neck! Howbout it!

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  9. I have two boys, so I am going to take note of this next time HAA! Thanks for sharing and joining in on my newbie party. Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks for throwing the party. I'll be back.

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  10. omw! this is funny! i can't believe i haven't read all your posts by now. hubby and i conform to your predictions. so do the boys. lol!

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    1. Isn't it wild? I had no idea until the "trampoline epiphany" day. Now I see it everywhere!

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  11. I've noticed this phenomenon too, and come to the conclusion that girls do it that way so as not to ruin their hair or make-up, and boys do it that way because it's faster and gives no consideration to hair or make-up :) I think it's pretty dang sexy when my husband pulls his shirt off that way though, so I'm glad boys and girls are different!

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    1. You made me snicker. It is sexy. Are we allowed to say that? :-)

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  12. I think the first time I noticed that men take their shirts off by the neck was when Tom Cruise did it in Top Gun. Let's pause and visualize that for a moment. And men have done it in other movies too. It's true, I've seen live men and boys do it too. And never once have I seen a woman do it that way. And I teach at a women's gym, so I see women take shirts off sometimes. In my life, I would never take a shirt off by its collar. It wouldn't even cross my mind.

    I love that you took a poll, but it would be much more fun to just ask people to take their shirts off without explaining why.

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    1. You made me laugh :-) And the Top Gun visual was a nice gift too, so thank you. I did go next door and ask my neighbors to take their shirts off. They thought I was crazy! Since they have to put up with me on a daily basis, it seemed like a good idea to explain. But peoples' responses to the request would be a great video.

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