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July 7, 2006 10:09 AM Subscribe
Why do you see more male homeless than female homeless?
posted by Brainy to Society & Culture (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine pondered this aloud to me, and not having an immediate response, I thought I'd offer it to the hive: Why is the ratio of male to female homeless so high? Is it? Or is that just the way it seems? If it just seems that way, why?
I thought that maybe females tend to cluster together so as to protect each other while men tend to stay away from each other but that seemed overly simplistic. Are there environmental factors (women have children and are more willing to go on state support, men have pride and won't?), biological (mental illness is more common in men?), sociological (landlords evict men with less thought than women)...I'm just throwing up absurd guesses here.
I don't want to think too much about it because I could probably find a satisfactory (and possibly false) answer, but I'd like to hear all of your thoughts on the matter.