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Interesting Info for the Title IX Debate

Todd Gallagher discovers that world records for adult female athletes tend to be about the same as world records for 14-to-15-year-old males. Playing with the Boys, indeed.

Of course, differences at the extremes might not precisely track differences for the majority of people (though I would guess that by age 15, the average boy can overpower the average adult female). However, unless you can argue with a straight face — and some of Gallagher’s sources do — that Olympic athletes are evidencing their victimhood to gender stereotypes, this pretty much destroys the argument that said stereotypes almost single-handedly cause the physical gender gap.

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