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Shocka! “Evolution” and sex difference in sports interest

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From ScienceDaily:

The take-home points from this review are that the sex difference in sports interest is (1) substantial and widespread, (2) partly due to evolutionary pressures that differentially affected males and females, and (3) unlikely to be fully overturned by socialization. These points challenge the bedrock assumptions of many scholars and policy makers. Most notably, Title IX is a U.S. law that prohibits sexual discrimination in educational opportunities, including sports, and Title IX is generally implemented under the assumption that females’ sports interest is intrinsically equal to that of males. The present research indicates that this implementation may require revision. More. (paywall) Paper. – Robert O. Deaner, Shea M. Balish, Michael P. Lombardo. Sex differences in sports interest and motivation: An evolutionary perspective.. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 2016; 10 (2): 73 DOI: 10.1037/ebs0000049

These researchers deserve credit for taking on bureaucratic craziness. Hope it doesn’t kill their careers.

In a normal environment, there would be nothing to know. Women are less interested in sports for the same reason that they are less interested in Nobel prizes: Many are drawn off by other interests, like raising kids.

Not clear why one should drag “evolution” into it. If the world had been created on Sunday afternoon in 1000 AD, all this would still be the same.

See also: Neuroscientist Sam Harris says he is NOT a sexist pig, and clearly isn’t

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11 Replies to “Shocka! “Evolution” and sex difference in sports interest

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    Robert Byers says:

    I’m sure this title law is no about stoping discrimination but stopping undesirable results in accomplishment including sports.
    boys are into sport more because boys are on the make more for accomplishment. women are not also in personal/group sport interest.
    they are trying to say , by moral and legal and intellectual law, that boys and girls are the same.
    this is a tITLE to overthrow. its another wicked attack on the nature of males prevailing relative to females.

    everybody knows girls don’t care a 1/10 about sports like boys.
    its natural to reward those interested as opposed to those not.
    its right to reward the boys and not the girls.
    its fair and square.
    The people don’t need this preaching. We include both sexes but don’t pretend their is a eqiality in ability, interest, or numbers interested.
    Its left wing propaganda and is immoral and illegal. its not treating people equally but equalizing identities and so interfering with people.
    Its an oppression. Lots of them.

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    Robert you are a sick sack of shit. I struggle to maintain any interest in UD with every letter you type.

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    News says:

    Hey, people, let’s keep it civil. There are sex differences in sports interest and ability.

    Women make better gymnasts than men. Lots of women excel at ice skating/dancing. Barbara Ann Scott is a Canadian heroine. Dolls with skates (!) were manufactured in vast numbers in her honour.


    But I wonder how many women have ever played in the National Hockey League with any distinction.

    Tell ya a story: A few years ago, my sister and I were walking through a room which featured a wide-screen TV. We stopped to watch the slo-mo of a women’s Olympic hockey play.

    After a bit, we exchanged shocked looks. That wasn’t the slo-mo. It was their top speed!

    We were familiar, by contrast, with the National Hockey League, where the announcer simply cannot keep up with the speed of play. One science commentator said that Wayne “the Great” Gretzky’s speed made no neurological sense.

    I think that, in these matters, society is healthier when truth, facts, and evidence are the basis of public policy, as opposed to narrative, spin, and talking points.

    Top ten NHL goals for the decade:


    I do not think that cultural oppression explains why women’s hockey is not like this.

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    Robert Byers says:

    News. Thanks. Its not an innate intellectual thing. Its practive makes perfect.
    It is about identity. Men desire accomplishment more and so are more motivated and so prevail. Then a little bit of body size/power to boot.
    this is true or people always thought it was true or people mistakenly think it is true..
    its true. It must not be said to be immoral and illegal to say men are better at sports then women because of greater motivation leading to greater ability.
    In fact its immoral to deny this opinion or any opinion.
    Who in history or today says the girls do, or can, compete with the boys in sports??
    Its absurd to deny this is a common opinion and the most likely right one.
    Anyways as long as its about free will there is no reason for bitterness about results.
    Male superiority in sports should be embraced and rewarded and not resented.
    Certainly not interfered with.
    i know in my heart its true and everyone does.

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    My beef with people like Robert has nothing to do with women’s sports, Denyse, and Title IX is little more than overreach and extortion. I don’t respond well around misogynists. And those who hide their contempt behind religious male privilege is not something I want to be associated with. After 9 years here, its time to take a break.

    Take care.

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    Pindi says:

    Well said Upright.

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    News says:

    Upright BiPed at 5 and Pindi at 6, I don’t really understand but I respect your decisions.

    😉 😉 😉
    Part of the problem is that I use misogynists for compost in my back garden, dedicated to my beautiful but deceased aunts, for the pleasure of my common area neighbours as well as myself.

    Misogynists make really great compost.

    And they are so universally disliked that the police have never succeeded in pinning it on me, or on others who did likewise.

    😉 😉 😉

    Why do people assume that modern women are helpless in dealing with misogynists? Or that anyone even takes them seriously?

    Aw, back to work.

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    asauber says:

    those who hide their contempt behind religious male privilege

    There is no sin as quite as absolutely unforgivable as this one.

    I’m sure it’s in scripture somewhere. 😉


  9. 9
    Robert Byers says:

    upright biped.
    I don’t argue with other posters.
    What i said is true and kind and my right as a free person.
    if you don’t agree then take me on THE POINTS.
    There is no such thing as misogynists.. its a left wing feminist term to disqualify conclusions not desired.
    Its a fraud.
    You don’t gain my moral or intellectual respect or persuade me by bitterness and this threat of retirement.
    Your just imposing your will on me or anyone from some status not revealede.
    It is about women in sports relative to men relative to ability.
    that was the issue and you didn’t like my answer.
    Nothing to do with religion i think although god did place men and woman in different status.
    its like your doing extortion on posters who you judge as wrong and bad.
    its the left wing censorship political correct movement UD documents and opposes a great deal.
    I don’t ask to never see your name again.
    Yet I will not be silenced by posters like you. Just by the bosses of UD because they are the boss.
    get along with people if you think you are better then me.

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    Phinehas says:

    I’ve long suspected Robert Byers was a plant from the other side trying to make ID (and UD) look bad. Whether plant or no, I think he largely succeeds in this regard.

    I just ignore his posts.


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    Robert Byers says:

    Your never ignoring someone if you say you ignore them. your commentary on me being a plant is case in point. you are reading them enough to draw conclusions.
    I bet you don’t ignore them.
    I don’t recognize your name but i wouldn’t ignore you. Its unChristian, uncool, and lame and just kids and high school.
    What is the other side?
    how does one ignore posts/ Does ones eyes slip by too fast for cognizance of points?

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