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To honour the world’s impressive mothers and daughters, pour a calming drink, claim a quiet space, and explore our first Register edition, devoted to women and their inexhaustible capacity for brilliance. Filmmaker Lena Dunham delights with her brazenly candid nature; Penny Martin, editor of The Gentlewoman, elucidates the magazine’s sartorial view of fashion; and celebrated chef Skye Gyngell inspires with modest aspirations to create memorable food.
One might think differences between men and women, anatomy aside, were dissolving. Not so. Statistically, men smoke, drink and earn more than women. In the West, men spend about five months of their life shaving, two years getting dressed, and twenty-three years sleeping. Statistically, women steal eleven minutes’ extra sleep each morning, but pay a disproportionate penalty: 29 additional minutes’ housework. In the animal kingdom, males spread joy through entertaining shows of dominance and, in some cases, by being better looking. For example, San Diego zookeepers report male pandas, on average, do eight exuberant handstands per day. No less theatrical, a Clown Fish will oscillate between genders – scientists are yet to ascertain which is preferred.