After trekking through the readings for this week I found my own stress levels increased. Stress is much more dangerous than I thought it was and it is concerning how long term stress has many damaging effects on our bodies. Towards the end of the Zebra chapters a topic discussed was heart disease among women. As stated in the chapter, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. As the occurrence of heart disease has declined in men, it has increased in women in the past decades. The chapter stated that women in these past decades have emerged from the domestic sphere into the public sphere, having careers and equally sharing the burden of parenting with their mates. I wondered if current ideas of gender, women being thought of as lesser to men, being subordinates in the work place etc., could have long term effects on women’s cardiovascular health. Having internalized or struggling with modern western ideas about one’s own gender, feeling lesser and subordinate to half the population, encountering people who mistreat you based off your gender, these could be all be long term stressors that can lead to higher risk of heart disease. Gender is an social and cultural construct that has no basis in biology. Much like any stressor mentioned in this chapter, I feel it too can have long term effects on biology that can lead to increased risk of heart disease.