With respect to Females in sports- games such as football are not all about pure physicality. There is a high degree of skill and dexterity- women can be very good footballers and I believe equally competitive with the men- especially given there are multiple positions on a team. Certain positions might suit more speed or more height (e.g. goalies tend to be tall) but when the sport isn't a 1 vs 1 activity, and isn't dominated by power there's little reason to forcibly segregate the sexes (to the point it is inherently enshrined in the rules). As for the east and west becoming more divided, I wholeheartedly disagree. People in the east are steadily developing and becoming more 'westernised'- in China for example they have a fascination with western culture, to the point when I last visited the area I was in (an industrial area, I was visiting a manufacturer), was full of 'around the world' restaurants offering food from everywhere. Just as in the UK we have restaurants from around the globe serving almost anything you can think of. Even many areas in the middle east (known for being highly religious and conservative) are starting to modernise. The news focuses on the negative and I think skews the reality of things- the experiences of people who have visited these places is generally that deep down, people are people. We're not inherently all that different. As for the 'people unintelligent as a group'- large groups are easily swayed. People latch onto a common theme and tend to 'go with the flow'. As individuals we are forced to weigh things up more carefully- having to come to a decision ourselves rather than 'follow the pack'. There are many things throughout history that demonstrate that mentality- large groups will go along with terrible things, that individuals would not.