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Marla Ahlgrimm: Men and Women, Our Differences Explained

August 5, 2018

Marla AhlgrimmMen and women are equal but different, says women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Understanding the physical differences between the sexes can help us better manage our health.


Why do women have large breast while men only have pectoral muscles visible? Marla Ahlgrimm says that is likely an evolutionary trait to help signal to a man when a women is able to bear children. Breast are filled with fatty deposits that don’t enhance the breastfeeding experience but the structure of the breasts changes with age. Pre-pubescent girls and post-menopausal women lack volume. From an evolutionary standpoint, women with full, fatty breasts are likely to make the best mates.


If you’ve ever wondered why women tend to have soft voices while men lean toward the deep side, it’s because of the Adam’s apple. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, this Adam’s apple is simply the casing of the voice box. Women have them, too, but on a smaller scale. A man’s larger voice box supports a deeper vocal pitch, which correlates to the level of testosterone a man produces. Deeper voice and larger Adam’s apple means more hormone, which is a biologic indication of fertility.

Face shape

Marla Ahlgrimm says testosterone is the blame for the difference between our faces, too. Higher levels give men their blocky, chiseled look while a lower volume of the male sex hormone, which is present in women, leaves us with heart-shaped faces.

Body shapes

Marla Ahlgrimm says body shape is another layover from caveman times. Women’s bodies store calories as fat at a similar rate to how men develop muscle. On average, men are physical twice as strong as their female counterparts but women’s bodies have evolved to handle the task of childbirth.


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