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Women’s News: An Aha Moment: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Is Finally Profitable

Women’s News: An Aha Moment: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Is Finally Profitable

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Women’s News: The Real Reason Women Live Longer Than Men?

Women’s News: The Real Reason Women Live Longer Than Men?

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Women’s News: The Real Reason Women Live Longer Than Men?

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There are many great things about being born female, but one distinct advantage of being a woman is that we can expect to live an average of five years longer than men.

In the past, researchers and demographers have chalked this longevity gap up to biological factors, which range from women’s supposedly stronger immune system to the genetic benefits of having two X chromosomes. But perhaps, women’s disproportionate endurance isn’t biological but an “outcome of social dynamics.” Or, at least, that’s what University of Maryland, College Park Sociology Professor Philip Cohen argued in The Atlantic this week.

Cohen’s argument specifically focuses on smoking, which was a male-dominated practice throughout the twentieth century, as the culprit for men’s shortened lifespans. While more than 80 percent of American men born in 1901 smoked by their 30s, women of that generation’s smoking rates never surpassed 55 percent. Cohen also notes that while the American smoking gender gap has narrowed since 1965, smoking is still more common for men worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Cohen acknowledges that social factors — such as the historical exclusion of women from war and the disproportionate amount of men murdered each year during violent crimes — may play a role in women’s longer lifespans. He also dismisses the effect of this country’s relatively high maternal mortality rates. He argues that since maternal mortality accounts for only 4 percent of all female deaths in America, it doesn’t impact women’s greater longevity. “I suspect that even if we eliminated smoking, war, murder, and maternal mortality, women would live a few years longer than men, on average,” Cohen concluded. “But that doesn’t make it natural.”

However, previous research challenges Cohen’s conclusion. In a 2008 Time Magazine piece, Tom Perls, founder of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University, pointed to the fact that women develop cardiovascular issues later in life than men, as well as the potential positives of having two X-chromosomes as major factors contributing to our life expectancy gender gap.

He also argued that the male-specific phenomenon known as the “testosterone storm” contributes to higher death rates among men. “The levels of the hormone can be quite high and changeable, and that can induce some pretty dangerous behavior among young men,” he told Time. “They don’t wear their seatbelts; they drink too much alcohol; they can be aggressive with weapons and so on and so forth.”

We may never be sure why women live longer than men, but there are certain things we can all do to increase the length and quality of our lives. Let’s focus on avoiding harmful habits like smoking, and adopting positive ones like eating well, sleeping and exercising. Because at the end of the day, the most important thing is that we enjoy the time we have.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/why-women-live-longer-than-men_n_3696114.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s News: An Aha Moment: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Is Finally Profitable

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Oprah Winfrey is a success—again. Winfrey’s OWN network has finally turned a profit this quarter, and it did so earlier than expected. “OWN is now cash-flow positive and starting to pay down the investment Discovery has made in the venture,” Avid Zaslav, chief executive of Discovery Communications, said at an investor conference Tuesday. Discovery co-owns the station with Winfrey and has invested more than $500 million in it over the past few years.

When OWN made its debut in 77 million homes in January 2011, Discovery assumed it would be profitable within one year. But Winfrey’s loyal talk show audience didn’t follow her to the network—last year, the station was attracting an audience one 10th the size of what her syndicated show once brought in—and Discovery hoped instead it would make money by the end of 2013. But despite this initial disappointment, OWN has been climbing steadily in the ratings every year, going from 262,000 prime-time viewers in 2011 to 353,000 in the first half of 2013, according to media services company Horizon Media. That’s a jump of more than 31 percent. Tyler Perry’s two shows, The Haves and the Have Notsand Love Thy Neighbor, fared even better, averaging 1.3 million viewers each, well above OWN’s other programs. Perry has boosted OWN’s ratings nearly 40 percent among women aged 25 to 54, and according to Zaslav, most of the network’s success can be attributed this. During its April upfronts, OWN was able to sign up 30 new advertisers.

With three women watching for every man, OWN’s audience skews slightly more female than Oxygen’s, but significantly less than TLC’s, which is a whopping 77 percent female. (TLC is also owned by Discovery.) In the battle for ratings, OWN still lags behind these two by a few hundred thousand viewers. But it has something the others don’t: the allure of an Oprah Winfrey interview.

Winfrey boosted her network’s ratings with two exclusive interviews, the first with Whitney Houston’s family following her February 2012 death (3.5 million viewers), and the second last January with Lance Armstrong, in which he admitted to doping (4.3 million viewers). With those kind of ratings, maybe someone should give her a talk show.

Read More:  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-31/an-aha-moment-oprah-winfreys-own-is-finally-profitable-dot

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