The ‘battle of the sexes’ has pitched men against women for thousands of years, usually with the connotation that women provide the brains and men the brawn.
Sensational contests include Billie Jean King defeating Bobby Riggs in three sets, Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in one election and Girls Aloud beating One True voice with ‘sound of the underground’ to clinch the top spot in the Christmas chart of 2002.
But a new study suggests that the notion that females aren’t physically as capable is outdated, and that with the right training, women are in fact just as tough as men.
After testing a group of six British female soldiers who trekked across Antarctica, researchers found that they showed no more negative health effects than would be expected in men.
Physicality is expressed along different axes.
We’ve long known that men are stronger, faster – sprints – and so on. And that women’s stamina can be as good as. It’s long been mooted that women might in fact beat men at ultra-marathon distances.
It’s the spin here that’s new not the finding.