Carolein van Herrikhuyzen, cisgender bigots, civil rights, civil rights movement, content of character, gender, Jennifer Wagner, LGBTQWERTY Rights, Rachel McKinnon, testosterone advantage, women's cycling
In June of 2018, I wrote Trans Sports: It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way. It’s the story of a high school freshman boy who decided he’s a girl–trans, of course–and was allowed to compete against girls in the state–Connecticut, of course– 100 and 200 meter races. It will surprise no one to learn he won, handily, beating a very hard working and deserving girl. Kate Hall is her name, and that’s a shame, as I noted back then:
Kate Hall won the girl’s championship. By every rational measure, she was the winner, and she deserves the trophies, the medals, the acclaim, perhaps even the scholarships that might result, but because a confused boy decided he wants to be a girl, because incredibly cowardly and equally confused adults are incapable of recognizing actual fairness, Hall will always be remembered–if she’s remembered at all–as the girl beaten by a boy masquerading as a girl, a pawn in an ugly and dishonorable political drama in a progressive state. That doesn’t have to be the way it is. Where’s the fairness in Connecticut?
The lack of fairness has moved to the international stage, as Fox News reports:
The American bronze medalist who lost a world-championship cycling race to a biologically-born male Canadian who identifies as transgender has criticized the results as unfair.
‘First transgender woman world champion…ever,’ Rachel McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, bragged Sunday in a tweet that set off a massive debate.
McKinnon gave a talk at the College of Charleston earlier this year asking: ‘Is it fair for transwomen athletes to compete in women’s categories?
That’s an easy one: no, it’s not. It’s not, unless sport is now about gender virtue signaling rather than celebrating human achievement. Let’s review, on a relatively superficial level, the realities of high-level cycling. It’s a sport with voluminous rules, including rules prohibiting performance-enhancing substances. Recumbent bikes are not allowed in these competitions, because they provide a 10-15% aerodynamic advantage, and there are a variety of other rules relating to equipment necessary to level the playing field, so to speak. Men do not race against women because the result is preordained. McKinnon is 6′ and 200 pounds.
While McKinnon argues it is, given the rules and regulations adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the bronze medalist felt another way at the finish of the world championships.
‘It’s definitely NOT fair,’ Jennifer Wagner, the third-place finisher from Houston, said in response to a tweet from British conservative Katie Hopkins.
Carolien van Herrikhuyzen, the silver medalist representing the Netherlands and a friend of McKinnon, disagreed.
‘No one is a transgender to steal anyone’s medal,’ van Herrikhuyzen wrote. “We had an honest race under UCI rules. If you compete you accept the rules, otherwise, don’t compete. I can only imagine what she had to go through in her life to be where she is now, how hard it is to fit in.
I’ve little doubt pretending to be a gender you’re not is difficult. Psychology reveals such people have much higher rates of suicide and other debilitating psychological issues. If honest competition is the point, honest people don’t support men competing against women.
Wagner snapped back: “Just because it’s a CURRENT UCI rule doesn’t mean it[‘s] fair or right. And rules can be changed.
Some four days later, Wagner apologized–it appears the social justice mob got to her–and noted she’d be pursuing a rule change out of the social media spotlight. McKinnon refused to accept that apology.
McKinnon labeled critics as ‘transphobic bigots’ and pointed out that Wagner could face sanctions for allegedly violating the USA Cycling’s policy against harassment for ‘creating hostile environments or disparaging remarks against people on the basis of gender identity.
Right. Graciously tell Wagner to go to hell, call her and everyone that disagrees with trans orthodoxy a bigot and threaten to sic the cycling virtue police on her. That’s the way to get everyone to embrace trans sensibilities.
By catering to cisgender people’s views, that furthers transgender people’s oppression. When it comes to extending rights to a minority population, why would we ask the majority?’ McKinnon told USA Today. ‘I bet a lot of white people were pissed off when we desegregated sports racially and allowed black people. But they had to deal with it.
But of course. This is just like the Civil Rights Movement, except “desegregated sports” were not about allowing men to compete against women. Judging by the contents of McKinnon’s character, she’s a bit wanting. To hell with all those evil “cisgender people.” What matters is whatever any trans person demands, and everyone else is just going to have to “deal with it,” because trans.
There are women’s and men’s sports for very specific, entirely rational, reasons. I trust I need not go into them? Men and women are different, particularly in physical endeavors. Title IX was established to ensure women in education had the opportunity to engage in sports. In other words, women can’t be ignored. Schools receiving federal funds are required to provide separate but comparable athletic opportunities for women based on the rate of their participation, because women tend to participate in sports in lower numbers than men. That’s because they’re different.
Of course, that’s when people had the outmoded idea there were two genders, and there were significant differences involved.
I’m sure, gentle readers, you know why men and women don’t compete together. Men are bigger, stronger, and have a significant testosterone advantage. That’s an advantage McKinnon does not want to surrender, as Breitbart reports:
McKinnon has been a critic of forcing transgender athletes to suppress their testosterone.
In an interview published in January by USA Today, McKinnon insisted that forcing trans people to alter their physical condition to be allowed to participate in sports is a violation of their human rights. McKinnon thinks the requirements to lower testosterone is inherently discriminatory.
If being a woman is McKinnon’s heart’s desire,why would he want to retain a testosterone advantage, that hormone being the marker and engine of male performance? The answer is obvious, and McKinnon betrays his real intentions:
We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society, and not be recognized that way in sports,’ McKinnon told the paper. ‘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.
What is this legal recognition McKinnon demands? Is there a government trans bureau that certifies transness? Not yet, thank goodness. Cisgender society generally doesn’t care about transgenders. Live and let live, until they begin to demand to pee in women’s restrooms, or demand others praise their unmatched virtue and enlightened morality. It’s not enough they be left alone to do as they please, which most Americans are willing to do. They demand there be no possible thought crime against them, and they’ll determine what that is, who is doing it, and what their punishment will be, thank you very much.
This is indeed a performance advantage issue. McKinnon’s demand to keep the testosterone advantage makes that plain enough.
Perhaps I’m missing something, but I’m not seeing women that want to be men beating men in sports and making waves. Why isn’t this happening in equal proportion to men beating women? Could it be because testosterone, size and muscular development are the primary factors in athletic achievement? This does appear to be a more or less one-way civil rights movement. In the real thing, gender wasn’t an issue.
Even when I was much younger I was never an elite cyclist. However, were I allowed to compete in women’s events, I would have placed much more highly, and much more consistently. My male advantages would have overcome the hard work and dedication of a great many women, which would have been blatantly unfair. I like to win, but not at the expense of those that deserve to win in a fair contest. Why should my desire to win override the reality and hopes of innumerable women? Why should McKinnon’s?
Men like McKinnon–yes, I’m not buying her arguments and demands to be called trans, female or anything but his birth gender–need to deal with the reality of separate sports for the two–not innumerable–genders. That’s the only possible fairness.
But what about McKinnon? She can ride in men’s events. But she identifies as female (or trans, or whatever she prefers). That’s fine, but she doesn’t get to deprive women of what’s theirs by birth, biology, and reality. She’ll just have to deal with it. Of course, riding in men’s events, she’ll be pretty much like me. She’ll fall from winning, to riding in the middle to lower half of the pack. She’ll have a great deal of good company, and they won’t care how she identifies.
Or McKinnon might wish to organize a trans sports league, where all trans people can compete against other trans people, people who accept each other, nurture and support each other. They won’t have to be anywhere near those icky cisgender types trying to deprive them of their civil rights to deprive women of their civil rights.
I’s going to be a small league. There really aren’t that many people like McKinnon out there. I doubt they’d be able to find enough trans cyclists to hold many races. Perhaps I’m wrong about that, but if I am, this is a golden opportunity for McKinnon to stand for his–or whatever pronoun he prefers–people and build opportunities for them. Their success will surely be a stunning rebuke to the cisgender bigots. Actually, they probably won’t notice or much care. But because this is not about fairness, or civil rights, because this is about selfishness, testosterone and winning, I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath.
It appears that in contemporary cycling, actual fairness and legitimate competition between people of comparable abilities is old hat. It’s transphobic and bigoted. LGBTQWERTY victim politics, not physiology and biology, are winning. Oh, and McKinnon? She’s winning bike races too, but those victories, long term, are likely to be more costly than he imagines. American’s patience is not limitless.
Post Posting Thought: the people supporting McKinnon are the same leftists that are supposed to be supporting women. Obviously, LGBTQWERTY types now trump women. What will trump LGBTQWERTY types, and when?