Transgender “women” in female sports: Let them compete or totally unfair to women and girls?

Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen, Rachel McKinnon, Jennifer Wagner.

What do we, as a compassionate society, do with transgender “women” who are physically biological males competing in female sports?

What about an international women’s soccer team comprised of mostly men?

So what if competitive women or girls get pushed aside or are denied recognition or scholarships due to guys competing in their sports? If we already allow “girls” with their male genitalia still intact in girls locker rooms in middle and high schools, what’s the big deal about a “woman” with ‘nads competing in women’s sports?

Well, it is a big deal to some female athletes who are talented, hard working and want to compete against other women but not against dudes who are now “women” simply because they declare it.

In our politically correct society if such girls or women publicly complain they’ll be promptly labeled “transphobic” when all they really want is a fair competition. Just like what Jennifer Wagner was called, the third place finisher in women’s sprint 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters track championships, when she said it was unfair that the transgender woman who won was permitted to race with them.

Biological male, Rachel McKinnon, won the women’s spring race in Los Angeles on Sunday becoming the first transgender woman ever to win a world championship in any sport.

McKinnon took considerable exception to those like Wagner who criticized McKinnon’s participation. In response to Wagner and others she tweeted that they were “transphobic bigots.” “She” said testosterone does not improve athletic performance. “I think there is absolutely no evidence that I have an unfair advantage,” McKinnon said in an interview with VeloNews.

Andraya Yearwood (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

In Connecticut, boys who declare they’re girls get to participate in girls high school sports. reported that this past spring, Terry Miller won the girls 100 and 200 meter dashes in state record time defeating last year’s winner Andraya Yearwood, another transgender girl, and third place finisher, Bridget Lalonde. No matter that neither “girl” had undergone any hormone treatments prior to competing with the girls.

Brian Collins, coach of Glastonbury H.S. said. “I think a lot of people, myself in included, have a problem with is a biological male competing.”

The victories also gave Miller’s high school the team state championship over Lalonde’s school that would have won had neither Miller nor Yearwood been in the race. And the girls who finished seventh and eighth in the finals no longer qualified for a chance to participate in the New England championships.

Terry Miller. (Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media)

Miller’s 200 meter dash time of 24.17 seconds broke a 20-year record for girls. But if Miller had been competing at the state track meet with the boys, his time wouldn’t have even put him in the top 25. So he goes from a mediocre runner with the boys to a state legend with the girls.

And finally you’ve got to love the gender equality exhibited virtually everywhere in Iran. After they placed eight men of the eleven total players on the Iranian women’s soccer team Iran in 2015, Iran’s soccer governing body concluded it had been dickering around long enough and conducted gender testing that apparently shrunk the number down to just four men who were “transitioning.” The fact that players are required to wear hijabs, pants and long-sleeved jerseys made the players’ genders considerably less obvious.

Eight of Iran women’s soccer team revealed to be men. (Photo: Getty Images)

Surprisingly, it is legal to transition and have gender altering surgery in Iran but homosexuality is strictly forbidden. Perhaps then it is no wonder that Iran is second only to Thailand in total sex change operations.

This is just the beginning of a cultural attack on women’s sports by many guys who are decent athletes but could never be among the top echelon. The temptation to go the transgender route is considerable when they can go from a mediocre male athlete to a superstar competing against girls.

Consider that the Olympic record for the women’s long jump is 24.3 feet held by Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. That remarkable jump would have been eclipsed by more than a foot by the Pennsylvania boys high school record (25’5″).

But as Rachel McKinnon says, “Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.”

Fairness indeed.

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