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2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games
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13-Feb-2018, 9:24 PM

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

I wonder if there are some sports where women are actually objectively better than men. For instance, certain judged aspects of figure skating and gymnastics?

There are two olympic sports that are gender neutral - equestrian and curling. The latter doesn’t surprise me, but the former does - it requires a lot of strength and athleticism.

In my favorite sport of table tennis, it is no contest - the top woman in the world couldn’t break the top 100 in the men’s ranking, and that has been true since the beginning.

It is interesting to think about. What I think about is, are the ways that we judge things favoring masculinity? Most of sport is traditionally a measure of the fast and strong. But there are other things that we could be measuring, but don’t.

Our roots are predominantly patriarchal and masculine, so of course we prize that first and foremost. But it certainly is not the only measure of skill. Just like an IQ test doesn’t tell us everything.

It would be interesting to see if any of the matriarchal societies have athletic competitions, and how they judge them.