Here’s a thought I had and I felt compelled to share it with you guys. It’s obviously unproven but I’d love to hear your views!
I’ve always read and heard and been told about how men are stronger than women when it comes to physical strength. That it’s precisely the reason why men are always the first preference for any kind of fieldwork or for being a part of the army. That, genetically, women are the ‘weaker’ sex in the sense that if a female boxing champion were to fight a male boxing champion, the male might win, because on an average the male sex is more vigorously capable.
My argument is that, maybe, women are considered to be the physically weaker sex because they have never been promoted to explore their physical strength.
It is said to have been scientifically proven that, on an average, men are physically stronger. Science includes genetics and the brain. Now, the brain is as capable as we are. Whatever the brain tells, the body does. Miracles have been witnessed; such is the power of the mind.
Since the beginning of recorded history, even during the times of hunter-gatherers (when the male brought home the meat.) the female sex was considered less physically able than the male. (Although, I can say this in light of today’s definitions only because back then it was very much accepted as an egalitarian principle.)
It is very much possible that this could have been the outcome of years of accumulated mentality in the minds of humans.
Since women have never been promoted to discover their physical strength, they never bothered looking for it themselves and the same practice was carried on generation after generation. Naturally, such non-progressive (in favour of the female sex) thinking will accumulate in the minds of both, men and women, and eventually will become a part of their inherited traits i.e. genetics.
Whereas, men have constantly been encouraged, pushed, and at times even forced, to discover and cultivate their physical strength by the society.
I believe that men and women have been given the same amount of muscles and bones in the body. It’s the way in which they channel their energy and make use of their body that truly determines their strength.
Everyone knows that women have high tolerance for pain. Then why is it so hard to believe that they aren’t the weaker sex.
Some might say that Mary Kom is just an exception to the rule and that women are naturally weaker.
But going by my theory, I’d say that Mary Kom was encouraged to discover and develop her physical strength which most women aren’t encouraged to do.
Just because something hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it isn’t true. But then again, science cannot be blamed for it’s based on hardcore evidence that my theory lacks.
Although, if we raised our generation differently, centuries later things could be different.