Sometimes the product of my deep-dive investigative fishing expeditions is the revelation of a shocking item buried in a government report. This is one example. Federal government data compiled from the last United States decennial census reveals that the lowest ratio of men to women, among counties with a population of 100,000 and without being skewed by women's colleges, are in none other than Manhattan (New York County) and The Bronx. Each borough has 88.3 men to 100 women.
In essence, women grow up thinking they are outnumbered -- well, because it's true -- and being outnumbered can lead (warranted or not) to feeling intimidated...but then the numbers do change,
The problem is that the perception, mostly by women, does not change.
When you realize that women's outnumberedness and being intimidated actually underlies a lot of current public policy manifested in our workplace laws, inheritance laws (side note: Go visit any Surrogate's Court in New York) and a myriad of our laws, you might start to understand that this discomfort, and not any actual numerical disadvantage, drives a lot of public policy.
This discomfort -- which I compare to a pitcher who suddenly loses five miles an hour on his fastball, usually around age 34 -- has important policy implications.
More men die.
Perhaps the assumption that women need extra legal protections because they are dominated by men in the workforce is not merely grounded in perceptions of behavioral differences by "alpha males," but also in the historical perception that since boys outnumbered girls in elementary school, the workplace is similarly populated.