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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2017-03-31 14:54:46
Men do possess a substantial physical advantage. Increased muscle mass ratio and larger lung capacity enable men to achieve greater athletic achievement than women. I understand that there are some who will take this as a sexist remark, but I'm simply looking at objective performance data. The strongest man is definitively stronger than the strongest woman, and the fastest man is definitively faster than the fastest woman. This is why it's unfair that women have to compete against men in shows like Ultimate Beastmaster.
In modern combat, this physical advantage is greatly lessened (but not entirely eliminated) by technology. A modern combat rifle does not require the same strength to wield as say, a medieval war hammer or longbow. However, I am completely at a loss when people complain about female leads in the fantasy/adventure genre. The entire category consists of adolescent wish fulfillment to begin with. When it comes to Jedi or Space Marines or Kryptonians kicking ass, if females had 50% representation, would that REALLY be so outrageous? The number isn't anywhere near that high anyway, so you chauvinists quit your bellyaching.
(And I have to confess my own personal sexist perspective: I'm good with having pleasant eye candy in my movies and games...)
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