Yes Taylor, you would…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock there’s a great chance that you’ve heard Taylor Swift’s new single “The Man”. In the song, Taylor compares the public’s reaction to her success as a woman to that if she were a man. One of the lyrics she sings is, “I’m so sick of running as fast as I can. Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I were a man.” Yes Taylor, you would get there quicker, here’s why…
It’s commonly known that men and woman have different hormone levels. According to HealthLine, some men can have up to 20 times more testosterone than women. Testosterone tells the body to create new blood cells which promotes bone and muscle strength and aids new growth. Females have less testosterone and therefore have lower muscle mass. Male runners can have around 80% muscling in their legs, versus 60% muscling in a female runner’s leg, this extra muscle helps men run faster. Men also have more fast-twitch muscle fibers which help with sprinting. For women, we produce estrogen which causes us to have a naturally higher body fat content than men.
Ladies, it’s not all bad for us, what we lose in speed we make up in distance. As the distances get longer, the gap between men and women paces get smaller. Women have more slow-twitch muscle fibers which gives us a resistance to fatigue and makes us better endurance athletes. Women have credited events such as childbirth to help them through tougher, longer races. The experience of child birth helps women deal with pain and gives them a belief that they can push through anything.
In conclusion, while Taylor may get to her destination more slowly, she would also be able go father because she’s a woman.
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Williams, Sophie. “Are Women Better Ultra-Endurance Athletes than Men?” BBC News, BBC, 11 Aug. 2019, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-49284389.