You know, we’ve had to put up with sexism from our patriarchal oppressors for years. But we’ll be damned if we’ll allow ourselves to just sit back and take it from our weather!

Serious, you guys:

Via The Washington Post:

Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning 1950 and 2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, the male-named hurricane produced an average of 23 deaths compared to 45 deaths for female-named hurricanes, or almost double the number of fatalities. (The study excluded Katrina and Audrey, outlier storms that would skew the model).

There’s only one possible explanation for this: Sexism!!!11!

The difference in death rates between genders was even more pronounced when comparing strongly masculine names versus strongly female ones.
“[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll,” the study says.

Sharon Shavitt, study co-author and professor of marketing at the University of Illinois, says the results imply an “implicit sexism”; that is, we make decisions about storms based on the gender of their name without even recognizing it.

Clearly the time and money spent on this “study” were well worth it. Except not even remotely.

So painfully asinine. It’s actually hurting our brains.


Only a little common sense:

And a lot of snark can save us now:

And not a moment too soon!


Oh, snap.

Editor’s note: This post has been update with additional tweets.