|Originally posted by FastMan:
Are the "observed/percieved" differances between skier genders any greater or less than the observable differances between any two individual skiers, regardless of gender?
Arc, your statement is in the form of a question, but from the tone of your post I infer that you suggest they are the same. My god you can't really believe that. I hope I am wrong in my interpretation of your statement, please tell me I miss understood.
I asked the question because, in spite of the steriotypes of how men and women are different in general, there is as great a range of differances within the gender of men, or within the gender of women. One could even speculate that the range of variation amongst women is even greater for a couple of reasons. Role models and role definitions for men, for all the marketed enlightenment, have been pretty well defined and pretty consistant for some time (eons?). Role models and role definitions for womens, on the other hand, have changed radically and continue to be re-defined. Part of what is so fasinating about women is that you never know where they are coming from, or where they are going. With all the diversity promoting and propriety conflicting influence on them, I'm amazed that they know themselves.
So my main point was/is: People are individuals, in some ways more so now than ever before in the history of mankind, and in some way less so. When I make gender based presumptions about a student standing in front of me to the exclusion of seeing an individual, I short-change the learning partnership. Having bow-legs, knock-knees, fear of failure or falling, or wanting to rip it up are not mutually exclusive gender characteristics, but individual ones.
I am not try to be politically correct (which is more often political and less often correct), but trying to encourage a vision beyond gender steriotypes.