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The question is NOT if a few women can compete well against men in sport.   That, I know happens with number of sports.   The OT is about if women is better against men in any sport.

About the jockey comment, I agree they are good athletes both male and female ones.   But the same jockeys will tell you, without getting a good horse, they don't win.    Rarely, race is going to be won by a jockey doing something heroic.   He is there to guide the horse to a finish line, adhering to strategy told by the horse's trainer.    The best jockeys IMO are the ones who make the least amount of mistakes.

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There has never yet been a male champion in all-comers grudge holding.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/05/13/19-women-washed-out-of-army-ranger-school-last-week-heres-why-thats-actually-a-good-thing/ Not a direct comparison, but relevant.  Som

Quote: Originally Posted by Golfingdad In all of these cases, and ESPECIALLY in this case, they're forgetting WHY she's so dominant.  It's partly due to her skill but

The question is NOT if a few women can compete well against men in sport.   That, I know happens with number of sports.   The OT is about if women is better against men in any sport.

The title says "equal," not better.

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The question is NOT if a few women can compete well against men in sport.   That, I know happens with number of sports.   The OT is about if women is better against men in any sport.

The title says "equal," not better.

I stand corrected.  Thanks, GDad.

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I stand corrected.  Thanks, GDad.

Sure.  But just to follow up on what you really meant ... yeah, I was just kind of trying to do my best to throw out any sports where there was even an inkling of competition from the female side.  It's (bowling and horse racing) the best I could come up with. :)

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I stand corrected.  Thanks, GDad.

Sure.  But just to follow up on what you really meant ... yeah, I was just kind of trying to do my best to throw out any sports where there was even an inkling of competition from the female side.  It's (bowling and horse racing) the best I could come up with. :)

I enjoyed the horse racing reference.  Brought me back memories ....

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It depends.

Do you consider yoga a sport?

I mean, firstly - most sports are assessed on a competitive basis; points being awarded for individual (or group) feats.

Look at the physical 'strengths' of women - flexibility, pain endurance (no joke), adaptability.

That'd lend them to being equal to or better at gymnastics. That said, even gymnastics is scored on a feat basis - men are better at sport gymnastics as it stands.

So, my guess is yoga. It's pure flexibility. That and contortionism. Neither of those are considered sports at the moment though.

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It depends.

Do you consider yoga a sport?

I mean, firstly - most sports are assessed on a competitive basis; points being awarded for individual (or group) feats.

Look at the physical 'strengths' of women - flexibility, pain endurance (no joke), adaptability.

That'd lend them to being equal to or better at gymnastics. That said, even gymnastics is scored on a feat basis - men are better at sport gymnastics as it stands.

So, my guess is yoga. It's pure flexibility. That and contortionism. Neither of those are considered sports at the moment though.

How about this?

As a kid I remember that there were a lot of aerobics competitions. . .

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even in non-athletic events such as competitive pistol shooting (my only personal knowledge base is 3 gun bullseye where men hold all the historical records) or pool / billiards, women can be exceptional, but simply can't consistently compete against men at the absolute highest level.

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There's one sport where men and women compete against each other and women outperform their male opponents: dressage. The majority of WC and Olympic titles have been won by women.
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This is one of those times I wished we had a thumbs down option.


And just when I thought my aerobics suggestion was over the top. . .

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I wonder how Ronda Rousey would fare in a fight with a lower-ranked male of the same weight class.

I would vote that she gets crushed pretty badly... I remember back in HS a few girls were on the wrestling team. No one ever understood why they would want to rope around with guys for a few hours each day.. I know the coach was always very reluctant to let them wrestle in matches.. I think maybe one of them won once, but it was against a freshman from the other highschool and she was a junior.. De weight though, but not the se as UFC competition.

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I wonder how Ronda Rousey would fare in a fight with a lower-ranked male of the same weight class.

She'd lose to a professional male fighter at any level or any weight. She'd beat most regular dudes, however. I outweigh her by 65 lbs but I have no clue how to avoid an arm bar.

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Ever so often a woman comes around and dominates her field and there's always those who come out and pose the question how she would do against a man. She would fail. That is actually OT. This discussion is whether there is a sport where women compete EQUALLY. That means Rhonda competing in the UFC 135lbs class with the men. She wouldn't have a chance. Period.
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She'd lose to a professional male fighter at any level or any weight. She'd beat most regular dudes, however. I outweigh her by 65 lbs but I have no clue how to avoid an arm bar.

I outweigh her by a hundred pounds and I wouldn't know how to avoid it either.  I do know how to apply one though, so perhaps the best defense is a good offense??  ;)  Nah, I think in fighting a good offense is the worst defense because you're leaving yourself vulnerable.

(For now, the only defense I know against an arm bar is to keep your hands clasped in front of you so she can't get control of one or the other - doesn't give you room to do anything though, so you're SOL either way.)

Ever so often a woman comes around and dominates her field and there's always those who come out and pose the question how she would do against a man. She would fail. That is actually OT. This discussion is whether there is a sport where women compete EQUALLY. That means Rhonda competing in the UFC 135lbs class with the men. She wouldn't have a chance. Period.

In all of these cases, and ESPECIALLY in this case, they're forgetting WHY she's so dominant.  It's partly due to her skill but mostly due to the lack of competition.  (I say that as a big fan, btw) I read in a few places that the girl she just beat has been training in MMA for all of 3 years, prior to which she was an accountant.

If she had the same quantity (and thus quality, relatively of course) of competition as the men, it would be far less likely that she'd stand out like she currently does, and that would lead people to wonder this kind of stuff (about her competing with men) far less often.

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