La Professora gets La Shafta.
She wonders if being big makes a difference.
I'm afraid it does.
Humans are apes.
Human men are not very bright apes.
I am 6'1", and I weigh 260. I can bench press about 230, and look kind of mad, even when I am happy. My chest is 48", and my waist is 38". I clearly come from slow, dull-witted northern European muck-slingers and beaters-with-clubs. Short legs, large torso, thick neck. Not pretty, but a silverback.
None of this means I am a bad ass. Michelle could easily kick my ass, with just a little martial arts training (which, for all I know, she already has. Note to self: be nice to Michelle).
An interesting overall question: should women be policemen? (you know what I mean).
Female police are MUCH more likely to be involved in fights or at least resistance from suspects. Large men don't have to fight.
And, this is SEPARATE from whether the woman is in fact able to defend herself effectively. She may be much more able to kick butt than some big, slow guy. The problem is that she HAS to, whereas the big guy just commands by size.
So, it seems to me that women are much better suited to being combat infantry or fighter pilots than they are to being regular street cops.
Of course, it is easy to think of counterarguments, and it is ultimately an empirical question. Flip side might be that male suspects have to try to act bad, and challenge a male cop, whereas a female cop is not so threatening and can take guys into custody without fighting. Overall, there is no "gender of the officer" difference in compliance, it appears. And females probably would not engage in testosterone-induced private punishments like this.
Still, I think men (yes, including me) are apes.