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Gendered Sins?

There’s a new study out from the Vatican: Seems men and women confess to different sins. hsc3927lThe most commonly confessed sin for women was pride, while for men, lust and gluttony ruled the confessional: Men’s urge for food was only surpassed by the urge for sex.

These results were compiled in a less-than-scientific way: A 95-year-old Jesuit priest documented who told him what. Still, the gender implications are interesting: Women are worried about pride, whereas men aren’t. Perhaps that’s because women are socialized to downplay their accomplishments, whereas men are socialized to be happy with their successes. It’d be fascinating to see if men and women would describe the same scenario as “sinful.” Further research, anyone?

For more on the 7 deadly sins in moder times, check out: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7897034.stm and a great commentary by BlogHer here: http://www.blogher.com/vatican-says-men-and-women-even-sin-differently


February 26, 2009 - Posted by | A Day in the Life, Academic Musings

1 Comment »

  1. […] I posted on this a while back, and then had time to write a more thoughtful piece this weekend. Here’s my take, from my biweekly column on BustedHalo.com, on the recent Vatican study that suggests women are more often guilty of the sin of pride: […]

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