Given the various responses so far, I have to wonder if cultural conditioning isn't also a potential factor which influences the apparent gender gap? Like a "guys are macho tough and girls are in touch with their feelings" kind of thing?
I got seasick once when I was like ten sailing offshore
with my family
. It was really choppy with big seas but I was completely obvious up until the point my dad brought the storm jib
up on deck
. Shortly thereafter my brother and I were at the rail barfing all the junk food
chips and candy bars and coke we had been eating.
It was horrible and I swore at that moment to never get seasick again and never have since, having always found myself able to "psyche" myself out of going down that path. With this experience I have always believed that seasickness has as much to do with what is going on between your ears as it does with what's going on in your inner ear.
This makes me wonder about cultural conditioning as a factor. Like guys have this attitude like "I have to be tough, I can't be weak" and are therefor either less prone to get seasick or allow themselves to be in a position to get seasick. Whereas women have a different outlook that makes them either more susceptible or more likely to put themselves in a position where they will get sick if they are already predisposed.
I can think of any number of times I have had female guests onboard who have warned me beforehand that they get seasick or carsick, but I have never had a guy do the same and I have to wonder if it isn't partly a macho tough thing or that any apparent gender gap is an illusion because the sample is biased.