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Arched Windows and the Backbone of Humanity

            “Right away, sir.” Then he inquired, “By the way, did you enjoy your tennis match?”   
            “Enjoy it? She kicked my butt from here to my home town. Six-oh, six-oh.” For non-tennis fans, that score says that I didn’t win a single game from her.
            Not only was I nursing some sorely taxed muscles, but my macho ego had also taken a severe beating. I had arrived at the tennis court filled with pure, raw power and ready to give the little lady tennis pro a game she wouldn’t easily forget. Instead, she’d kicked my physical superiority out of the court and into the dumpster.

Remember the Tortoise and the Hare—Winning is Not All About Speed and Muscle

Like most people, I’ve always assumed that men are stronger than women. We carry furniture easier, run a bit faster, maybe. When the phrase “physical strength” is uttered, the image of large muscles, brute force and Herculean physique might come to mind. But physicality is more complex than what is evident from outward appearance. Muscle alone does not denote strength. The proper functioning of internal organs—heart and lungs, particularly—and the brain play as big a part in overall strength as do the external muscles. So when comparing physical strength between the two sexes, it isn’t all about brawn.
            The structure of a woman’s spine, for example, is far superior to and more flexible at the lower section than a man’s. This was disclosed in a study by Harvard University. The lower back contains vertebrae shaped like wedges, similar to the wedge-shaped bricks masons use to create arched windows and doors. Women have more of these special vertebrae than men do to allow their lower spines to curve inward and support more weight during pregnancy.

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