Supression of Women Jan 14, 2006 2:09:56 GMT -5
Post by Jack Reed on Jan 14, 2006 2:09:56 GMT -5
cheeks said:Yes, I wholeheartly agree on both men and women having other functions in the Modern World besides reproducing. After all, I'm Dodona's resident feminist. This discussion only serves for establishing why men tend to be bigger and more muscular than women without falling to the old "because nature wanted us to be the dominant sex" kind of argumentation.
One possible explanation why men are bigger and more muscular is that they can direct much more energy on developing them than the women. In the delated thread I noted that children seem to be the same size and have the same physical ablities -actually 8-10 years girls are usually ahead boys in many sports. It's only when they reach the puberty one begins to see the differences. This is the time girls start to menstruate - and in order to do so, they have to have certain percentage of bodyfat. If not, their bodies stop producing the hormones. It's remarkable that girls stop growing in height soon after they get their menstruations. Growing just takes too much energy that should be directed to producing fat instead.
Males get bigger and stronger than females after puberty because of an increased production of testosterone. I've heard conflicting theories about the gender differences before that stage. One theory claimed that the average boy always is stronger than the average girl. Another theory supported what you said about girls having an advantage when they're around ten to twelve. They probably could find examples to support either theory. One example that supports your theory was a girl pitcher, on an American Little League team, who struck out every boy batter she faced! That made sports history here. Of course, I would be willing to bet a very large sum of money that that feat could never be duplicated at the high school level. It's a combination of nature and nurture before puberty IMO, but biology is the deciding factor after puberty. I'm speaking in generalities because there are some very strong women out there. Another thing to consider is that there are strength differences within the genders just like there are between the genders. Some women have more genetic potential to gain size and strength than other women do, which can be seen when you look at natural athletes like Cheryl Haworth. BTW, did you ever find out why the other thread was deleted? Maybe someone posted something really offensive that we didn't see. I'm at a loss because the mods never said why they removed it.