It looks like people need reminding that hurricanes don’t actually have genders, and that Hurricane Jane is just as deadly as Hurricane John because at the end of the day they’re both giant fucking storms that will turn your whole street inside out.
A new study examining six decades of hurricane deaths has actually found that female-named hurricane have historically killed more people because people don’t take the same precautions as they would do with a male-named hurricane. In fact female-named named hurricanes appear to claim more than double the victims each time.
“Our model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charlie to Eloise could nearly triple its death toll”, said Sharon Shavitt, who also said the results imply an “implicit sexism”.
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Seems completely ridiculous but looks like it’s actually true — people judge the potential devastation of hurricanes based on what some random weatherman decides to call them. Maybe the problem here is that females aren’t being taken seriously, as opposed to hurricanes with female names? Maybe not enough people have been taken to the cleaners by their ex wives/girlfriends to warrant an appropriate amount of fear when faced with a female hurricane?
Either way, neither females not hurricanes are to be messed with and it looks like remembering that could save your life.