Speed Reading — Level 5 — 400 wpm 

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Researchers who said women are grumpy for ten days a year have been called sexist by the 'Metro' newspaper. A vitamin company conducted the survey, which involved interviewing 1,000 women and 1,000 men about what affects their mood. The study said the average woman spends around five hours a week in a bad mood. 'Metro' attacked the study for being "incredibly" and "extraordinarily" sexist. It suggested the researchers could have spent their time "doing something useful". It added the study strengthened sexist stereotypes of over-emotional women.

A spokeswoman for the vitamin company, said: "Moods are a barometer of our overall well being…both men and women are susceptible to being in a bad mood from time to time." She added that: "Women crave 'me time' and men tend to rely on their partners to help lift them out of their moods." The study listed causes for women becoming moody. These include "everyday challenges from bad traffic to failing technology". Other triggers highlighted were feeling fat, worrying about money, breaking a nail, fearing their partners were 'not listening' and bad weather.

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