….Japanese men compete hardest when there is more cultural “face” to lose, particularly when competing against women?
Here’s an insight from the economic heavyweight that is the Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor, Ross Gittins.
To be fair, he’s achieved one requirement of journalisming; to inform. I, for one, had never heard of this Japanese sport before;
He also explains that there is a vast database of to be mined about how men and women compete in single sex and mixed sex races, both in terms of results and penalties for aggressive fouls.
What does this data tell us?
Wait for it; men are more aggressive than women, even more so when they are competing with women.
Which surprises no-one who has a passing knowledge of Asian culture.
There is then a whole bunch of word salad about something called “gender identity“.
Japanese men in competitive sport don’t like losing.
Japanese men in competitive sport really don’t like losing to women.
Japanese women in competitive sport take fewer risks than men.
This research and Ross Gittins’ subsequent regurgitating of it is analogous to the discovery of the double helix by Watson and Crick in it’s importance to the human species.
It’s possible that blog posts here may reduce in frequency soon, depending on how successful I am in my application for a 3 year research grant to investigate why men and women tend to urinate standing up and sitting down, respectively, and the influence of the cis-heteronormative patriarchy on the cultural appropriation of gender norms in the use of toilets.
In related news, if you want to understand how completely arrogant and boorish Gittins is, risk your mental health by listening to this podcast where he is interviewed by our friend Jess I can use a spreadsheet to diet, and you proles can’t Irvine.
Gittins may be hugely qualified in his profession but, my goodness, when speaking he sounds an awful lot like every old bloke in the office you’ve ever met who’s close to retirement and wants to give you unsolicited advice at each opportunity that seems more about explaining how smart he is than being of any practical use to you.