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General Climbing Discussion

Poll Option Votes Graph
Yes they can, and they do. 1
No they can't, and they don't. 6
There is a gap in abilities. It may close one day. 5
Who cares? 55

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Women don't / can't boulder as hard as men. 9-Feb-2012 At 2:19:35 PM DaCrux
There are obvious anatomical differences between men and women. The strongest woman will never be able to lift as much weight as the strongest man, but there are plenty of women who can lift more weight than most men.
I think climbing is actually a silly example because it’s not just about strength, but also skill and technique. There are plenty of climbs that were first freed by women – look at Passport to Insanity or The Nose. Women can (and do) climb as hard as men – look at Beth Rodden or Josune Bereziartu. Josune’s climbed 9a/9a+, Chris Sharma’s climbed 9b – that is not a 10% difference. There are far more professional male climbers than female climbers – probably due to social pressures – so really, when you take that into consideration, it is possible that women could actually be better climbers than men, if more of them climbed. Also, unlike men – women don’t like to get into those “my c--k is bigger than yours” or “let’s see who can piss further” arguments - they usually go climbing because it's fun.

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