Transgender ideology continues its long march through the athletic world, forcing liberals to choose between their latest identity-politics faction and the feminists who once reigned supreme.
Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood are high-school juniors in Connecticut who just won first and second place in the state’s open indoor track championships last week. This wouldn’t be noteworthy instead for one small detail: these boys claim they’re girls.
The Daily Caller has the scoop:
Miller is the third-fastest runner in the country in the girls’ 55-meter dash. Yearwood is close behind, tied for seventh nationally […]
Miller and Yearwood easily outpaced female runners in the state in 2018 as well, when both were sophomores.
A sympathetic segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in June 2018 described the two runners as “dominating the competition” at the outdoor state championships earlier that month.
In that interview, Miller argued that female runners should work harder, rather than complaining about unfairness, when forced to compete against male athletes who identify as transgender.
“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” laments high school junior Selina Soule. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”
But Yearwood claims his biological advantages are no different than any number of other variables among competitors of the same sex.
“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” Yearwood says. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”
Obviously, those aren’t at all the same as innate biological differences, and even then competitive sports tend to account for differences within the sexes by segregating competitions by weight class and so forth.
There’s a reason why, up until about five minutes ago, the governing bodies of every major sport or athletic competition were agreed on pitting men against men and women against women. It wasn’t any change to our knowledge of biology that made them start relenting; it was the same wave of politically-correct hysteria and intimidation sweeping across every other facet of society.
But don’t take my word for it; take the word of Martina Navratilova, a tennis legend, open lesbian, and outspoken lefty for whom pretending biology doesn’t matter is a bridge too far:
“To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires,” she wrote. “It’s insane and it’s cheating.
“Simply reducing hormone levels — the prescription most sports have adopted — does not solve the problem,” Navratilova argued. “A man builds up muscle and bone density, as well as a greater number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, from childhood.”
Did Navratilova’s dissent spark a thoughtful, productive dialogue? Nope; the left-wing group Athlete Ally kicked her out for being “transphobic.”
When any man can simply claim womanhood and reap the benefits, its inevitable that actual women will pay the price. Ladies who’ve spent years believing the Left has their best interests at heart should think very carefully about what this means for their own future in liberals’ brave new world.
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