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  • Robert Farago

Are Biological Males in Women's Sports a Transgression?

If a biological male wants to take female hormones, get breast implants, remove his penis, replace it with a vagina and/or wear women’s clothing, that’s their business, their choice, their right. I’m happy to use their proffered pronouns and judge them on the content of their character. If a biological male wants to compete in women’s sports, sorry, no.

Forgive the piercing glimpse into the obvious, but evolution has made men generally bigger, stronger and faster than women. Some men more than others. If a genetically gifted biological male hones his athletic abilities, he has a significant competitive advantage over female competitors.

This isn’t conjecture or politics. It’s science. And experience. The real world results of allowing biological males into female athletic competition are obvious, inevitable and well-documented. The biological men frequently beat their female counterparts.

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Biological male winners in female competitions include JayCee Cooper (women’s 2019 national championship bench press), CeCé Telfer (NCAA Division II 400-meter hurdles) and, most famously, swimmer Lia Thomas (NCAA Division I title for 500-yard freestyle).

Even biological males competing in female athletics who don’t finish in first place tend to do relatively well. Their success diminishes the accomplishments of their female teammates and competitors, negatively affecting the women’s self-esteem and athletic career.

Chelsea Mitchell’s post I Was the Fastest Girl on My Team. But I Couldn't Beat Trans Athletes tells the tale. Here’s her story via video.

This is also a story about feminists cowed into submission by political correctness, assenting to the boneheaded idea that banning biological males from women’s sports is a form of prejudice. Which is like saying banning able-bodied athletes from the Special Olympics is a form of prejudice.

Political Correctness Kills?

In certain women’s sports, a biological male’s participation is physically dangerous to women.

In North Carolina, a biologically male high school volleyball player knocked a female opponent unconscious with a spiked ball. Payton McNabb’s injury left her with impaired vision, partial paralysis, recurring headaches, anxiety and depression.

Less than two minutes after biologically male MMA fighter Fallon Fox (top of this post) took on female Tamikka Brents, Fox fractured Brents’ orbital bone. Fox retired from the sport. Biological male Alana McLaughlin (above) took-up the “challenge.”

Biological males’ participation in women’s sports is couched as a “trans rights” issue. That makes it a legal matter.

Title IX Means What It Says It Means

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex-based discrimination in government-funded educational institutions. Schools have rightly interpreted Title IX provisions as mandating “separate but equal” expenditure for male and female athletics.

If the word “sex” in “sex-based discrimination” doesn’t mean biological sex, biological males who identify as women can claim Title IX protection – and usurp resources formerly allocated to biological females. How is that fair to women?

Red States Draw A Red Line

So far, twenty-two states have banned biological males from competing in female athletics. They are Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

You may notice there’s not a single “blue state” among them. You may not notice that the various “anti-trans” acts don’t ban women from participating in male sports.

Women in Men’s Sports

Florida’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act specifically mandates that “athletic teams or sports designated for males, men, or boys may be open to students of the female sex.” Right answer!

A female competing on a male sports team does so at a biological disadvantage. She accepts both the challenges and physical dangers that difference entails (minimal at the pre-teen level). A biological male on a female sports team has a biological advantage. To which his/her enablers turn a blind eye.

Society should encourage and respect trans athletes’ desire to compete athletically. But fairness is the heart and soul of competition. It’s raison d’etre. To be fair to themselves, trans athletes should compete in men’s sports (which could include other trans athletes) or in co-ed competitions.

Reserving women’s athletics for biological females doesn’t reflect a hatred of diversity. A biological boundary in athletics protects diversity. The way I see it, human rights are based on respect for each other’s differences. Yes?

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