June 16th, 2008

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Topless Soccer to inspire the Men's Teams


VIENNA, Austria - Whether it has any bearing on Monday's crunch Euro 2008 match between the two countries is debatable but Austria drew first blood on Sunday when their topless women's soccer team beat Germany 10-5.

The traditional swapping of shirts afterwards was not an option as the six-a-side teams wore nothing but thongs, with the national colors painted on to their bare skin.

The football may not have been of the highest quality but that did not temper the enthusiasm of a mostly male crowd boosted by a sizeable media presence only too happy to desert Euro 2008 training for an hour or two.

The match was organized by a chat room web site.

Austria were delighted with a victory they hoped would be a morale-booster for their male counterparts but was not without its serious side.

"I hope our men will take heart from that tomorrow. We played pretty hard, we even had some injuries, like I for example broke my toe nail," 29-year-old bank employee Doris Fastenmeir told Reuters.

The Germans took defeat sportingly and joined their opponents for alcopops and dancing at a beach club alongside the Danube.

"I was supposed to hold the balls but I really have no idea how to do that," said German keeper Jana Bach.

"Maybe it is because I am not all that much into soccer. I am more into shoes to be honest."

The verdict of the onlookers?

"They might have to work on their technique a bit but it was definitely a rather pleasant game to watch and a very nice version of the 'beautiful game'," said Rolf Hansen from Berlin.

[chessdev]  I can already guess what the responses will be -- but I'll ask:   Was such a game Harmful to Women?  Or "Just Fun"?

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Gay Men, Straight Women Have Similar Brains

Washington Post Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/16/AR2008061601038.html

"MRI and PET scan studies are showing remarkable similarities between the brains of gay men and straight women, and between those of lesbians and straight men."

Very interesting read. Thoughts?

While I think the "nature vs. nurture" question has been over for quite some time, count me as one of those people who quietly hopes that there is no "gay gene". I can only imagine all of the screening stupid, unfit parents would do to ensure that theirs is not some same-gender-loving other-baby.

Also, while genes clearly play a role in how the brains of men and women develop differently, homosexual males are not XX and homosexual females are not XY. Does this evidence -- that shows a difference in the physical layout of their brains -- suggest that many of the differences between male and female brains -- and therefore, to an extent, cognition -- are hormonal? If the implication of these findings is that it is not the X or the Y which necessarily determine the structure of certain parts of the brain, I don't see why not. Of course, genes also control which hormones exist and in what quantities, but this could be evidence that one's gender identity is not linked entirely to whether they have a penis or a vagina. This would seem to lend some empirical validity to the perspective of transgendered people that their brains do not match their bodies. That could, quite literally, be the case.

Yes, I realize that I've heaped some assumptions onto the researchers' findings, but these things are worth pondering.
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