My response to Keith McCafferty's article "Distaff Distress" (March) is "Humph!" I lived in the bush for a year and a half, six months of that in a tent. Later, I lived in a cabin with no electricity or running water for five years. I was never sick. As to strength, in my prime I weighed 120 pounds and could dead-lift 300 pounds. The flabby, sissy urban woman of today may be "average," but she does not represent the norm, either medically or in strength. In fact (you won't print this because you are men), a hard-working farm woman will be stronger than an urban man, even if he is bigger. If you don't believe me, challenge such a woman to a lifting match.
Victoria, British Columbia