That is, should the 100 meter dash (do they still call them “dashes”?), weight-lifting, discus tossing and the like enter (what used to be called) males and females indistinguishably? May the best person win and not the best man and best woman? After all, the current “theory of gender” holds there are no important differences between the sexes.
Most will say Keep the sexes separate. Why? Well, the obvious. But it’s those who say yes, and mean it, that are of interest here. It’s these same folks who say that the military should eliminate distinction by sex for ground combat positions.
People hold this position because (they say) banning females from ground combat is “unfair”. Certain senior positions in the military require combat experience, and if no females were allowed to fill combat roles, they naturally would be barred from these senior positions. This is intolerable.
So the Marines have been ordered to discover a way to integrate women into ground combat units. The first batch of female trainees are nearing the end of their initiation. According to the far-left Think Progress, “Four Women Pass Marine Corps Infantry Test For The First Time“,
…raising the possibility that the historically all-male infantry force may become the next frontier to open for female soldiers…
[This] decision…was met with skepticism about whether or not women could meet the physical demands. In January, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) argued that opening the infantry to women ignored gender differences in “nature, upper body strength, and physical movements, and speed, and endurance, and so forth.”
Where did that old-fashioned politician arrive at his opinions, what the magazine called “long-held ideas”, as if, as ideas, they could very well be wrong?
Perhaps from events such as the Olympics. A few numbers. The record for the 200m dash is 19.19 seconds by the aptly named Usain Bolt. In spot 28 at 19.86s is Isiah Young. I don’t know who 29 or 30 is. Point is that these record holders are male. The top female is 21.34s, Florence Griffith-Joyner. This top number for a female is far, far below not just the best man but also below good males.
Times for Marathons (endurance) tell a similar tale.
The best hammer throw, to illustrate (in part) upper-body strength is 86.74m, held by the male Yuriy Sedykh. The number 10 spot is also occupied by a male (83.68m Tibor Gécsek). The very best female is 79.42m Betty Heidler. Quite a difference again separates the very pinnacle of female ability from male.
How about weightlifting (overall strength)? Top Snatch is 212kg (467lbs) Hossein Rezazadeh, top Clean & Jerk is held by the same male at 263kg (580lbs). The top Snatch for a female is Snatch is 151kg (333lbs) by Tatiana Kashirina; Clean & Jerk 187kg (412lbs) by Zhou Lulu. Not even in the same ballpark.
Incidentally, weightlifting records are classed by body weight, just like in boxing. The men in any class outclass females by enormous amounts.
And what about boxing records? Not directly comparable, but I would be anxious to back any male against any female in the same weight classes. I wonder if Think Progress followers would take the bet?
Cotton wasn’t quoted as holding an opinion about the difference between male and female aggressiveness and willingness to kill. The latter is particularly important. Cotton was also mute on the differences in physique, in sheer ruddiness. Whose bodies, male or female, are apt to break down faster or malfunction at regular intervals? Pregnancy? Touchiness? Do we really need to cite the evidence?
Think Progress is cautiously optimistic. “The four women…still have to…do a certain number of pull-ups as part of their final fitness test.” Good luck with that. “If they can do it, they will likely graduate next month, putting the ball in Congress’s court to officially open the infantry to women.”
Yours Truly was in the Air Force, which included males and females. Officially, females were held to “the same” physical standards as males. But, of course, “the same” meant “not the same”. Females had to run shorter distances and do fewer push-ups—and on their knees; regular push-ups are too taxing—and so forth. These were called “equivalent.” Ways of accommodation had to be found. Quotas must needs be filled.
Therefore there is no doubt what Congress will do.
To be consistent, all differences in sex in all physical events should be eliminated, too. I wonder how the Enlightened will explain the complete lack of females from the victory podiums?