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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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I think Tech is right. There are differences in physical capabilities between men and women just like there are physical differences in capabilities between men and horses. I don't feel bad that a horse can beat me in a foot race, why should a woman care that a man can beat a woman at things that men are better at? Kind of a self-fulfilling prophesy thing.
Prejudice/bigotry/sexism doesn't consist of recognizing differences -- it's about pre-judging someone, i.e. you're a woman so you couldn't possibly be a firefighter. If you're 5'4" and 98 lbs I'd say yeah, you can't be a firefighter whether you're male or female. But if you're Venus Williams I think you could probably carry me out of a burning building just fine.
Here's an interesting stats trick: Take 100 random men and 100 random women. Line up all the men by height, and all the women by height, and go down the two lines comparing each woman to each man. Statistically you should get at most one woman taller than one man. Now randomize the lines and do the comparison again. I can't remember the exact figure, but I think it's about 30% of women taller than their male counterpart. The point is that when you're dealing with the best of the best like Olympic athletes, the men are pretty much guaranteed to be better. When you're talking about a random sampling of people, there's a good chance that any individual woman could be faster, stronger, or a better snowboarder than any individual man.
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