Double standards, girls! In a 'his and hers' survey about what constitutes 'a real man', amidst all the usual bumph about eating quiche and washing dishes, it emerged that 52% of women think that a RM shouldn't flinch when dealing with the removal of spiders.
Being somewhat more self-aware, only 10% of men agree.
I'm with the men on this one universal self-evident truth: regardless of your gender, spiders are flat out scary.
Only a liar or buffoon would show no fear when confronted by one of those eight-legged freaks, particularly when they do that creepy fast scuttle thing in your direction. It's hardwired into our brains, – and with good reason, too. As any fool knows, all spiders are either tarantulas the size of a dinner plate – "honest!" – or an asbestos contaminated beast on the run in Wales and set to catch the ferry across the Irish Sea. Or, for cinema buffs, the solo spider is the harbinger of a massive (both in terms of numbers and size) radioactive spider army, hell-bent on wrapping us up in a web before devouring us inside out at their leisure. Look, I'm merely reporting the scientific facts, girls.
So give the guys a break. Fear is an equal opportunities employer.