Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

Go women!

I've long held that the alleged gender-based dismorphism in the human species is more a matter of culture than physiology - women who aren't brought up to be athletes aren't athletic. Repeat over several generations -- and what you get is men telling themselves that they are naturally superior, when in fact.. it's a matter of habit, not destiny.

Supporting my theory is the fact that woman athletes are narrowing the gap between their male competitors every day. Yes, there's a difference, but especially in endurance related sports, this gap narrows year by year.

Just a few minutes ago, Heather Gollnick won the Ironman Wisconsin race -- and her run split (an entire marathon) was the same as the male winner's time. In other words, she swam three miles, biked 118 miles -- and then ran a marathon at the same rate as the top male competitor, who'd just done the same race on the same course, on the same day. And it was within my lifetime that women were told that it simply wasn't possible for a woman to complete a marathon, and it would never be done --- and they were forbidden to even try!

Go women! I predict that within a few decades -- years, even, several sports will have top competitors of both genders competing head to head, fairly.

A great day for women! And triathletes! And well.... humanity, when you get right down to it.

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