Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response I've received on The Weakest Gender Challenge blog so far! If you have encouragement or criticism, continue to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've never heard of the Weakest Gender Challenge before, please scroll down to the first blog entry. The challenge is basically a physical competition between men and women that women win around 95% of the time.
Both the Weakest Gender Challenge and the Six Kick Challenge attempt to bridge the gap between men and women on the topic of gender discrimination, providing a visual example when words fail
One consistent concern I've heard is that the challenge is a bit intimate....and often works best between couples. So what can a woman do who wants to prove her strength to a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance?
To answer that question, we've now created a new competition called the Six Kick Challenge.
In the Six Kick Challenge, a woman gets a green light to kick a male in the groin if he states that such a kick could not hurt him. A goal of this challenge is to bring men back to reality.
Six Kick Challenge
The woman kicks the man six times. Kicks are of the following intensities:
First Two: Soft
Middle Two: Medium
Last Two: Hard
Before each set of two kicks the woman must ask....
A. "If I kicked you (soft, medium, hard) do you think I could hurt you?"
B. If he answers "no," she responds with, "Do you want me to prove I can?"
C. If he answers "yes," she follows with, "Are you sure about that?"
If he indicates he wants to go through with this, then she kicks him.
Although 85% of men take on this challenge, few can make it through Round 3- which consists of two hard kicks. In reality, women win this challenge about 95% of the time.
The male wins if:
A. He never backs down
B. He can successfully take all kicks without getting hurt. If any body part other than his feet touch the ground, or if he doubles over, he loses.
The female wins if:
A. He backs down before a set of kicks
B. He gets hurt
A recent survey showed the vast majority of women would prefer improved dialogue about gender discrimination with males. These challenges can hopefully help men realize they have weaknesses too
Please let me reiterate once again, that the purpose of these challenges is not for women to go around hurting men, but rather, to illuminate the major problems we face with gender discrimination in our society. So far, nearly EVERY woman I've talked to would rather not kick the guy. The vast majority of us just want to be seen as people with real strengths and capabilities, instead of inferior objects.
Obviously, if we kick guys in the groin it will hurt. That doesn't mean men are inferior human beings, but it does mean they have a major weakness we don't. It is ridiculous to me that the vast majority of men refuse to admit we could hurt them by kicking them there, as if such denial of the truth somehow makes them truly superior.
The purpose of this challenge is to frame gender strengths and weaknesses in a VERY clear example in which the woman has the position of power and the man has the position of weakness. The challenge is really just an assessment of the male view of women, and it appears that men don't think too highly of us, as about 85% of men refuse to admit our kicks could hurt them, because we're female.
If nothing else, this contest provides a clear picture of the male mind in relation to females' capabilities, and a way for women to prove that most men are very much in error on this topic.
Surveys clearly show that men who lose either of these competitions are affected more if the woman has a sexy pedicure. It appears as if most men hate the idea of something feminine proving to be stronger than something that is masculine