Hurricane Death Tolls Linked To Sexism

According to CNN, “gender bias might actually kill you.” A new study released by the National Academy claims that “feminine-named hurricanes (vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to a lower perceived risk and consequently less preparedness.” The liberal media was thrilled to find this supposed scientific proof of sexism.

Ed Yong of the National Geographic found that the study lacked credibility. While it looked at the death tolls of hurricanes dating back to the 1950's, when hurricanes only had female names, male names weren’t introduced (due to cries of sexism of course) until 1979. Meanwhile, Yong writes,  “hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time.” Yong’s source, scientist Jeff Lazo, claims that the correlation may just be a statistical fluke, and “it could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names.”

 

While most liberal media outlets reported the study’s criticisms, Jason Samenow of the Washington Post couldn’t help gleefully reporting how the “groundbreaking study” reveals the “implicit sexism” of America today. Not to mention his headline, “Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds.”

Who’s denying science now?

Laura Flint
Laura Flint is a 2014 summer intern for the MRC's News Analysis Division.