Infectious diseases affect individuals differently, based on gender, age, and even race—and some, like the so-called “man flu” may appear to have more adverse effects on men than they do on their female counterparts.

In 2016, feminists on the Internet came up with the idea to mock men for men for reacting more poorly to the common cold and influenza than women. The diseases which affect both men and women in equal numbers appeared to force more adverse side effects in men who contracted them, and this was interpreted as attention-seeking behavior by feminists.  

Viral researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London have made a discovery that may shine a light on why this is. According to scientists, certain virus are said to “go easy” on women so that they can be more easily passed on to children through pregnancy, birth, or breast-feeding.

Meanwhile, men could be harder hit by the infection and suffer from more severe symptoms because men’s survival isn’t quite as necessary for the virus to thrive in populations.

“Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population,” said researcher Francesco Ubeda to New Scientist. “The virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth.“

Putting it like that, it almost sounds as if viruses are exhibiting sentient behavior for self-preservation, but viruses evolve not by complex design, but through adaptation. Viral strains that do not carry these properties do not survive long in the wild and go extinct following the destruction of their hosts or a host’s eventual development of immunity to the strain.

According to the scientist, men are more likely than women to die when infected by a number of common illnesses, including chickenpox and tuberculosis, which is 50 percent more lethal to men.

The difference in mortality rates between the sexes was attributed to a stronger immune system in women, but the new research suggests that the viruses themselves may be the cause.

Ubeda’s research collaborator Vincent Jansen said that the virus can tell men from women based on hormonal and other differences, but how  virus can make these determinations remains to be discovered.

The scientist proposed that it could be possible to trick a virus into thinking that it is infecting a female, rather than male body, in order to alleviate symptoms in men.

The research may prompt feminists to think twice before they mock men for displaying severe symptoms, but society can only hope for so much.

  • ranting-barbarian

    But what if I am an attack helicopter?

    • Igniss

      Then you’re immune to viruses, but you can be hacked. Duh!

      • PunJabber

        But what if you’re a trans-gendered ahhack helicopter — wearing a co-bra?

    • Victor

      Then your only concerns are MANPADs and sandstorms.

      • PunJabber

        ManPads? What do hygiene products have to do with it? Or do they keep sand from getting into EVERYTHING?

    • Casey Kowalchyk

      Don’t skip that 500 hour inspection.

  • tz1

    Political Correctness has literally gone viral.

    • Alexandru M

      Underrated ^^

  • Ruth Gauthier

    Quick take this down before my husband reads it. He is hard enough to deal with now when he’s sick

    • @Menace

      Sucks to be you 🙂

    • Jean Collier

      I feel your pain

    • Dmitry Krotchlikmeoff

      Get him some chicken soup,woman!!!

  • I_h8_disqus

    Bigoted viruses only recognizing two genders and not treating trans women like real women.

  • Texaner in London

    This sort of reveals why it’s probably for the best that cat-hoarding blue haired Feminazis are forever alone. No one deserves to live with a self-obsessed unsympathetic sea hag.

  • anna

    I heard at some point that estrogen played a role in the female body being able to deal with sickness better.

  • Paul

    Maybe the reasons that feminists criticise men is because they get severe symptoms too. The viruses can tell that there’s no point going easy on feminists because they’re unlikely to get pregnant and even if they do the baby is not likely to survive long enough to be born.

    • GTKRWN

      (((Feminists))) just don’t realize that men work while sick most of the time. While they’re bitching about how they “still toughed it out and vacuumed with the sniffles…” after taking their day off work, men are mainlining Dayquil and doing their damn jobs. So the data set is already working off biased numbers; when men get sick enough to be taken out of the fight completely, they’re fucking sick.

  • PunJabber

    So DNA stands for Do Not Attack, and the Y-chromosone stands for Y Not Attack?

    Seriously, though, consider mumps, which can cause sterility in adult males. Perhaps that is evolved to weed out reclusive youth, who would be less likely to catch immunity before reaching breeding age. Since this is not climate psience, “perhaps” does not constitute conclusive proof, of course.

  • David Calvani

    “The difference in mortality rates between the sexes was attributed to a stronger immune system in women, but the new research suggests that the viruses themselves may be the cause.”

    But which is actually the case? No one knows.

  • GTKRWN

    I used to work in an industry that was 95% women. I got to see every day, first hand, among a staff of over 200 women, just how useless women actually are, on a large scale. Never mind that over half the staff disappeared 1 or 2 days a week for “woman problems…” every single month; biology is generally excusable. (Of course the same women whining about cramps and their bleeding snatch would give the handful of men that did all of the heavy lifting shit any time they had to take off single day off a year for their “man flu” but I digress…)

    Any time the building had touch-up painting done, droves of women complained about headaches and had to go home. Any time the building had the carpets cleaned, droves of women complained about headaches and had to go home. Any time the exterminators came in to do the perimeter treatments for bugs, droves of women complained about headaches and had to go home. (Meanwhile I’m in my office with the fluorescents off still doing my job with a goddamn migraine.)

    Well, one day, there was an email sent out about how the exterminators were going to be in the next day, like was always sent out. Except due to a scheduling problem, the exterminator never showed. Nobody came to spray. Anything. And can you guess what happened? Droves of women complained about headaches and had to go home.

    tl;dr
    The overwhelming majority of women are fucking useless and deserve 77 cents on the dollar pay. Too bad the wage gap is a lie.

  • RonJohn

    Naturally, the researchers were men…