Female-named storms are more disastrous
June 4 , 2014
A study implies that our hurricane-naming system is quite sexist since whenever we hear of a hurricane with a female name, we prepare for more disaster.
"These findings suggest that value of considering a new system for hurricane naming to reduce the influence of biases on hurricane risk assessments," researchers say.
Experts reviewed 47 of the most disastrous hurricanes between 1950 and 2012 and found that those with female names killed about 45 people on an average as opposed to 23 killed by hurricanes with male names.
A researcher said that now it seems as if gender prejudices are applicable not only to people, but to things as well.