A few weeks ago, @joepas posted about his friend who took great offense at the notion that men were stronger than women. I found this absolutely astounding, because it seems that abundant evidence of this fact is everywhere and easily experienced. But apparently, somehow, this basic truth has now been turned into an opinion in some quarters. I came across this today: Transgender track athlete wins CT state championship, debate ensues.
Apparently, two transgender men who identify as women just came home with a bunch of blue ribbons after competing in girls’ track and field. This predictable outcome is not the topic of this post, however. And, in truth, what more needs to be said?
But, here is some of the “debate” (italics mine)
“You have some people who believe men are stronger and faster so I can understand if an athlete is born male but identifying as a female and compete as one, some females will feel a particular way about it,” Clinton Baker said.
“If she identifies as a girl then I think she should be able to run in the race because she can use the ladies room, she can wear a skirt, why not run and stay active,” Natasha Morgan said.
“The cream rises to the top,” Baker added. “Athletes now will tell you if you put UConn women on the court with men, UConn men might lose. It’s all in the spirit of competition, hard work and heart.”
I don’t know who this Clinton Baker is — I’m assuming he’s not the friend of @joepas — and if he isn’t, more than one person in the world thinks that males’ superior strength is merely a matter of opinion.
Where on earth is this coming from?
I first suspected that some gender studies professor somewhere was the culprit, and did some brief searches on the web for “women stronger than men.” Interestingly, the top search results all blared the headline that science has now proved that women are the stronger sex. But. of course, the study referred to from January 2018 did not refer to feats of physical strength but to the fact that women live longer and survive “extreme mortality hazards,” e.g., famine, better than men. I can believe that. I also find we are much more functional with head colds than men.
So, yes, depending on how you define strength, you could say that women are stronger than men. But unless there’s an extreme famine, I don’t think I’ll be seeing the UConn Women’s basketball team beating the UConn men anytime soon.