Is putting the shot the proper study of Mankind?

The Press sisters, Dalrymple reminds us,

precipitately retired when obligatory sex tests were introduced.

These days, however,

such tests would not put them off or be regarded as relevant. You are the sex that you think you are.

The Press brothers’ success

was promoted in some quarters as evidence of the superiority of the Soviet social and political system, as if putting the shot, or throwing the discus, or jumping the hurdles (all activities in which the Presses excelled, at least against feminine competition) were Pope’s ‘proper study of Mankind’.

Irina (left) and Tamara Press

Irina (left) and Tamara Press

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