I think it might be also important to note how much female socialization discourages the development of strong muscles. Further putting anyone raised as a girl at a disadvantage in sport.
Agree! There is a huge social stigma against women weight-lifting. And I think another factor particularly pertinent to combat sports is that males are groomed to have no empathy, whereas women are groomed to be empathetic even when it’s not in their own interest. I am completely certain that is also a factor in Boyd “Fallon Fox” Burton’s so-called success.
But cultural differences aside, the intrinsic physical difference in chest/arm/upper body strength between males and females is huge. This is not like the “math gap” which has been shown to be completely cultural - it’s just sex. Look at the statistics from the USA Powerlifting 2014 Bench Press National Championship - a single woman bench-pressed 359 pounds (fucking kudos to her, I’m struggling to break 90!); the majority of men in the competition benched over 400, and average weight in the men’s category was 410! The top men’s press was over 800!
So, as much as there’s a cultural component which aims to keep women weak and powerless, there’s a very significant physical difference in upper body strength between men and women, which exists completely outside of culture. (Men outperform women in squat and deadlift too, matched for body weight - but by a factor of 1.5, not 2-3-4).