Men Cheaper than Women?


“Our broad conclusion is that testosterone causes men essentially to be stingy,” says Karen Redwine, a neuro-economist at Whittier College in California, who presented the work at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Chicago last week.
High testosterone linked to miserly behaviour
The students then played a simple economic game with another participant via a computer. One volunteer is tasked with splitting $10 with another volunteer in any way he likes. The other volunteer either accepts the offer or rejects it as unfair, in which case no one gets any money. Each volunteer played this game in both roles, on and off the testosterone gel.

Overall, the testosterone cream caused a 27 per cent reduction in the generosity of the offers, from averages of $2.15 to $1.57, Redwine and Zak found.


Good ole statistics bear out that men and women handle money um..quite differently.
But blaming cheapness on testosterone?



No one likes a cheapskate right?
And yes..There are legitimate reasons why not to.

Wait wait..Let me splain Lucy.


Many women perceive how a man spends or doesn’t spend his money as a reflection of how generous or even giving he is as a person.
If he is miserly…………..
Is he tight in other ways too?
Can he give of himself?
Can he “share” his feelings?
Can he offer Love?

Okay. Let’s be real here.
Fun can be free but sometimes -activities that are the most fun tend to cost just a wee bit more than the freebies.

Broadway shows.
Fine dining.

But hey..nothin wrong with learnin how to appreciate the “little things”, right?


What say y’all.
Are men cheaper than women?…is testosterone the culprit? Hmmmmmm.


23 Responses to “Men Cheaper than Women?”

  1. Matt says:

    I was going to send that Karen Redwine a nasty letter about her completely false research, but I didn’t want to spend the money on the stamp! :P

  2. twobyfour says:

    “… and I’ll suffer for you”

    I bet I can suffer even better! ;-)

  3. Always On Watch says:

    Interesting post.

    My husband has never been stingy. And his testosterone levels are fine. ;)

  4. MK says:

    I know a man who spends money like anything, but is terribly selfish.

    Testosterone having something to do with it just BS. I think it comes down to the maturity of the person. Responsible people are not loose with money because they know how hard it is to make and also that they have to make it last.

  5. foutsc says:

    Did the study include the amount of shoes the average man and the average woman buys?

    I put studies like this in the junk science category.

    Your post on it is much more valuable than the study itself.

  6. Bunni says:

    I agree with the premise that if a man is cheap with his money, he is cheap with everything else! Hope your week is going well Angel, and don’t date
    any cheapskates.

  7. Dinah Lord says:

    In my experience, cheapness is an equal opportunity employer.

    Speaking of cheap. I always liked the fact that the first WTC Bombing case got cracked because one of the cheapa$$ bombers made such a big stink at the rental car counter about getting his $400 deposit back that when the feds came around looking for information on the exploded yellow van in the WTC basement the rental car people remembered him and were able to point the Feds in his direction. I believe he is currently serving a 240 year prison sentence. Heh.

    Fun post, thanks Miss Angel!

  8. Right is Right says:

    Are Men Cheaper than Women?

    Not my Man angel.
    Mine is a goodie.

  9. Karen Howes says:

    Heh, I tend to be a spend-a-holic. But the men in my family aren’t cheap– they just spend money on stupid crap.

  10. KarL M says:

    You are right on the money$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Angel.
    can i say that….
    i am a man…….

  11. OMMAG says:

    As one of the testosterone endowed ….. I take umbrage at the tone of some who think it’s cheap or miserly to withhold money from others.

    It is rather …. my God Given Right … to decide who and how I share anything with. Having the balls to make clear to people who think they are entitled to that which they are not is part of the deal. Being selective is also a trait that goes along with intelligence.

    For instance ….. for Angel ….. I’d open my home and my heart with joy.

  12. LomaAlta says:

    Angel, I think this study is another agenda driven phony from our bone-headed liberal academics.

  13. tapline says:

    Angel, I think the study has nothing to do with male nor their testosterone (sp) What it does have show is some people are stingy others are not….My Ex-Son-in -law would have a hemorrage if my daughter baught something, but if he wanted it no matter what the cost,,,,it was fine… I say stingy……….stay well…..

  14. Pasadena Closet Conservative says:

    That vet/vasectomy cartoon made me laugh out loud.

  15. ben says:

    hi angel, what loma said…

  16. cube says:

    In most cases, these studies are agenda-driven drivel. Testosterone has nothing to do with being stingy. Whether a person is or isn’t stingy has more to do with upbringing and personality than with sex.

  17. Perri Nelson says:

    I don’t know for sure, but the study seems a bit slanted to me. Nevertheless, there are obvious differences between men and women, and testosterone and estrogen are responsible for them. Men and women have different physical characteristics (thank the good Lord that made us). They also have different mental and emotional tendencies – but these are only tendencies. We know for example that artificial steroids designed to work like testosterone have a link to violent behavior, but not all people that abuse them end up with the problems associated with them.

    There’s a good possibility that the different mental and emotional tendencies are indeed influenced by hormones, but I suspect nurture has more to do with it than nature. You simply can’t eliminate either nature or nurture from studies on human behavior – they’re both inherent in who we are.

    The only thing that gives me any confidence in the study is the fact that it looks to have been a double blind study. They used placebos in addition to testosterone containing cream, and the researchers didn’t know who was given which treatment until after the study.

    What bothers me though is the sample size. The initial study mentioned in the article had a sample size of seventeen participants. The study using the testosterone cream had a sample size of twenty-five participants. There’s no way of knowing whether this tiny sample is representative of humanity at large or not. It’s a statistically insignificant sample size.

  18. C Gen says:

    I think the following adage sums it up:

    Women spend half as much on something they don’t need and men spend twice as much on something they do.

  19. amboy says:

    I would amend the story by saying that women like to spend a little at a time on sma.ler things. Whereas men like big purchases, boats, cars, hunting trips etc…

    I’ve found this to generally true as far as generalizations go. ;)

  20. Andrew33 says:

    For me as far as how much I spend it depends on 1. how much I can afford. 2. Is what I am buying worth it in the long run.

    When It comes to spending on women, it depends on how much I like them. Unfortunately I live in a place where 9/10ths of the ladies here are “cheap dates”
    All they care about is money and how much you will spend on them and I don’t play that game anymore. I got over that in the ’90s. $1000 can buy you plenty of “arm candy” for a night of clubbing, and then if you so desire you can risk getting an STD or two but what is the point? That is the area in which I live. It is very different in other parts of the country but my attitude is I would never get into a relationship w/ a S.Florida girl as they are shallow and plastic. I have been here long enough to know.

    I really just wanted to stop by and say hello. Based on your writings, I don’t think you are like the girls here. Have you seen any of the more than a dozen reality shows about all the “plastic people” in Miami. You seem like one of those 1 in 10 that aren’t like that. Good for you.

  21. Nickie Goomba says:

    I’m with Andrew. For the right woman, there is no limit to my spending. For the IRS, my protective testosterone kicks in.

  22. Andrew33 says:

    By the way, I am taking HGH so I have hight testosterone and it has no effect on my desire to spend or save money.

  23. RaDena says:

    LOL, Angel! You write some of the most unusual posts on the web! :)

    Sorry for not being around more, hon. I’m really pressed for time here lately, and as the holidays approach it’s probably going to get even worse. :(