A Woman’s Moral DNA

A Woman’s Moral DNA April 17, 2012

You remember that old nursery rhyme, don’t you?

What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That’s what little boys are made of !
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice and all things nice
That’s what little girls are made of!


Well according to a new survey, women really are nicer than their male counterparts. Sixty-thousand volunteers in 200 countries took part in a  “Moral DNA” test designed to test such things as who is naughty and who is nice.

Of course, this Moral DNA test isn’t determined by blood work.

It’s a matter of self-reporting, which we all know has proven very ineffective when determining Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in soldiers returning from war.

PTSD Questionnaire: “Soldier, do you think seeing your best friend killed on the battlefield has affected you in any negative ways?”

Soldier who can’t go home if he answers yes: “No. Not at all. I get a little nervous when I’m in Wal-Mart. I often think that if they would let me carry my firearms in the store we could clear through the lines a little faster. But that’s not due to PTSD, that’s because I’m a male and studies have proven that we men don’t think of others first. We are all about ourselves, and I’m just trying to get to the front of that line.”

According to the folks who thought up the new Moral DNA test, “Women prefer to make their decisions based on how it impacts others – which tends to produce better decisions – while men have a more individual approach and are more self-interested.”


More headlines news to make us feel good about all of our preconceived notions and mythology regarding gender differences.

It would appear that all we ever really needed to know about gender biases we learned in pre-school.

Shouldn’t the real question be how we became a people who rely upon Q & A  to determine the moral compass of others?

Personally, I look to John Quinones and ABC’s What Would You Do? as the leading metric of our nation’s moral compass.

(I wonder if that Moral DNA test includes a question about women being more snarky than men?)

If you want to take the test to see how much better a person you are than all the other people around you, hop on over to moraldna.org

And be sure to drop back by here and tell me how well you did.


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  • I just took it, and concluded what I already knew. I’m nice to others, a good cook as long as it’s on the grill, and I’m very good-looking. Plus, I smell good.

  • Rhartman

    “Yawn” is right! And ‘Grrr.’ The phrasing ‘women prefer’ really caught my attention. In the well-publicized discrimination case against Sears back in the 1980s, Sears argued that discrimination was not the reason women didn’t hold the high-paying commission sales jobs. Instead, it was because women “preferred” to avoid those high-pressured positions. Probably because being successful in a career requires some sort of self-interest–clearly lacking in our DNA.
    For me, the more insidious thing about these sorts of “studies” is that the real implication is that there is something wrong with women who are self-interested and individualist in their approach (which sometimes is better than consensus, though not always). And gosh, in case any one of those feminist types wants to argue that these are socially constructed gender roles, we’ve got the “biological science” to prove it!

    • I know for myself, I’m always happy when male authors are afforded far more respect than women authors. Men, after all, have to support a family and women just write for a hobby.

  • I’m an angel! HA! I think my horns betray me… 🙂

  • Tim

    Hey, call me Plato because I came out a philosopher. They also said there’s a sligth chance I’m a judge. (Funny because I actually know for a fact that there’s every chance I’m a judge since that’s what I do for a living!)

    I think you got it right with this line, Karen: “It would appear that all we ever really needed to know about gender biases we learned in pre-school.”


    • Oh, gosh, Tim, that’s funny. You might be a judge if… I’m going to let Jeff Foxworthy know there’s a routine in that somewhere.

  • Seeker_of_truth3197

    I’m a Teacher, and my number score was pretty average. I really hate tests that ask you to tell “what other people consider you to be”! That always messes with me. How am I supposed to know that? Maybe I think I’m very caring, but other people don’t. If so, they probably aren’t going to actually tell me.

    • Yeah. I’m not keen on tests as predictors of character or ability, for that matter. No Child Left Behind is such a misnomer…