In The (Trans) War On Woman, 2019, I brought readers up to date on the science and reality of the trans invasion of women’s sports. It’s time to revisit the issue in light of electoral politics, which will determine the future of the contemporary Democrat/Socialist/Communist (D/S/C) war on women. The Daily Caller explains:
Every Democratic presidential candidate polling above 1% supports a bill that would force schools to include male athletes who identify as transgender girls on female sports teams.
The Equality Act, which passed the House in May with unanimous Democratic support, amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law.
Keep in mind, gentle readers, such orientation and identity can, and does, change.
The bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls, as both critics and supporters of the bill have acknowledged. The bill comes as male athletes have racked up victories in female sports.
With Republicans controlling both the White House and the Senate, the Equality Act has little to no chance of becoming law before the next election — but Democratic presidential candidates have pledged to make the bill a priority if they win in 2020.
This would be only one of their acts to “fundamentally transform” America. D/S/C frontrunners are all on board:
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner, said passing the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority if elected.
Biden said the bill ‘is long overdue, and will ensure LGBTQ Americans are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.’
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is polling second [as this is written, actually third-ish] behind Biden, co-sponsored the Senate version of the Equality Act and included the bill in his presidential platform.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also co-sponsored the bill and pledged to ‘fight tooth and nail’ to get it passed if elected.
Legal battles are engaged on the state level as well, as Courant.com reports from Connecticut:
Three Connecticut high school track and field athletes have filed a federal discrimination complaint against a statewide policy on transgender athletes, saying it has cost them top finishes in competitions and possibly college scholarships.
The conservative Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom filed the complaint on behalf of the girls Monday with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. It seeks to reverse a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference rule allowing athletes to compete in sports corresponding with their gender identify.
The CIAC says its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law requiring students to be treated in school according to the gender with which they identify.
This is self-evident:
In its complaint, the ADF claims that allowing transgender girls to compete in girls sports deprives their cisgender (someone who identifies with their birth sex) peers of ‘opportunities for participation, recruitment, and scholarships’ and therefore violates Title IX, which assures equal rights for male and female athletes.
The law firm says that one of the girls filing the discrimination complaint, Glastonbury junior sprinter Selina Soule, fears ‘retaliation,’ in light of her mother’s complaints to CIAC and local high school officials about the transgender policy.
Soule was the only student who identified herself in filing the complaint and appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss the complaint. Her mother, Bianca Stanescu, began circulating a petition at track meets last year calling on the state legislature to require athletes to compete in sports based on their gender at birth, unless the athlete has undergone hormone therapy. The legislature did not act on the petition.
We never got anywhere with the CIAC,’ Stanescu said Tuesday in an interview with The Courant. ‘The genders are segregated for a reason. They might as well just say women don’t exist as a category.
As I’ve previously noted, the issue is not exclusively, even primarily, hormones. After puberty, which is the case at high school and higher athletics, the overwhelming advantages of bone density, size and length, muscle density and function, lung capacity, and overall size and strength are set. Taking hormones thereafter does not suppress the testosterone advantage inherent in men. It’s like allowing a motorcycle in a bicycle race so long as it only runs on standard octane gas.
CIAC executive director Glenn Lungarini said Tuesday that the governing body had not been contacted by the Office for Civil Rights but would cooperate fully with any investigation. Lungarini defended the CIAC’s gender policy, noting that the organization reviewed the language with the Office of Civil Rights in Boston to ensure Title IX compliance and discussed the policy with Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
‘The CIAC is committed to equity in providing opportunities to student athletes in Connecticut,’ Lungarini said in a written statement. ‘We take such matters seriously, and we believe that the current CIAC policy is appropriate under both Connecticut law and Title IX.
Lungarini and the other bureaucrats in the CIAC have a valid–if woke–argument in that Connecticut law does support, perhaps even mandate their position, but he is entirely wrong about Title IX. One also suspects that were not Connecticut law on his side, he would defend the current CIAC policy anyway, which the lawsuit will likely reveal.
As to the pseudo-scientific argument, consider this from The Daily Caller:
NCAA policy is that male athletes who identify as transgender can compete on women’s teams if they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year. Otherwise, so-called mixed teams — which have both males and females — can compete in the men’s division, but not in the women’s division, according to NCAA rules.
The NCAA in 2011 published an explainer calling it ‘not well founded’ to assume ‘that being born with a male body automatically gives a transgender woman an unfair advantage when competing against non-transgender women.’
‘Transgender women display a great deal of physical variation, just as there is a great deal of natural variation in physical size and ability among non-transgender women and men. Many people may have a stereotype that all transgender women are unusually tall and have large bones and muscles. But that is not true,’ the explainer states.
‘A male-to-female transgender woman may be small and slight, even if she is not on hormone blockers or taking estrogen. It is important not to overgeneralize. The assumption that all male-bodied people are taller, stronger, and more highly skilled in a sport than all female-bodied people is not accurate,’ it continues.
This is about as slippery and disingenuous as can be imagined. The issue is not “small and slight” men identifying as women and subsequently being beaten in women’s sports. The issue is exclusively larger and stronger men masquerading as women to win titles, championships and fame they cannot win as men. Are these people cynically pretending to be women in order to illegitimately win what they cannot otherwise win, or are they men suffering from gender dysphoria who suddenly and coincidentally find themselves able to win where before, they couldn’t so much as place? If the issue is the supposedly level playing field sports are supposed to provide—and it must be if women’s sports are to survive–the distinction is practically, though not morally, irrelevant.
In sports, there are men’s and women’s divisions because there is no question women cannot compete at the same level as men, and in some sports, even trying would be cruel and brutal, resulting in serious injury or death to women. In many sports there are also further age divisions in recognition that 60 year-olds cannot fairly compete against 20 year-olds. This level playing field, this fairness, is the purpose of Title IX, which states (in part):
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
There is a world of difference between “sex” as it is intended in the law, and “gender identity” as trans apologists would have us believe. The terms are not interchangeable, nor were they intended to be in the law. Let’s return to The Daily Caller for two examples of how this works in the real world of women’s sports:
Rachel McKinnon, a biologically male college professor who identifies as a transgender woman, won a women’s cycling world championship in October. McKinnon won the women’s sprint 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.
McKinnon in January 2018 was quoted in USA Today arguing against requiring biological males to suppress testosterone as a requirement for competing against women.
‘We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society, and not be recognized that way in sports,’ McKinnon told USA Today. ‘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.’
McKinnon is also disingenuous. It is indeed about performance advantage, performance being the primary point of sports. If this is a rights issue, I have a right to win every sporting contest I might choose to enter, don’t I? But you’re a tiny minority! Why should everyone else have to give up their rights to make you happy? Precisely.
There is no such thing as universal understanding, in law or otherwise, for a women to be “recognized as a trans woman.” Indeed, some state laws and regulations of school districts, colleges, etc. amount to a sort of normalization of what is, assuming the person seeing such “recognition” is not running a scam, actually a mental illness, but this is not the sort of status McKinnon purports to possess. It certainly does not confer on McKinnon or anyone a right to win women’s athletic competitions. A state may, by law, claim mental illness is not mental illness, but something noble and virtuous, but that statute does nothing to alleviate the illness, nor its damaging effects on individuals or society.
McKinnon, in bending logic into a pretzel, passes, briefly, the issue of fairness. Sports are also fundamentally about fairness, which is why we have Title IX, and why even before that, there were men’s and women’s divisions. It is simply not fair to allow people with overpowering physical advantages beyond the range of abilities inherent in each gender—yes, there are but two–to compete. And this is an issue because we are, in fact, worried about trans men taking over women’s athletics, including Olympic competition. Trans men identifying as women are also worried—about not winning. The opposite—trans women taking over men’s athletics—is, for obvious reasons D/S/Cs prefer to ignore, a non-issue.
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar called for an investigation into USA Powerlifting in January after the athletic association announced that male lifters who identify as transgender women aren’t allowed to compete as women.
Omar called it a ‘myth’ that men who identify as transgender women have a ‘direct competitive advantage’ in a Jan. 31 letter she sent to USA Powerlifting on behalf of Jaycee Cooper, a male powerlifter in Omar’s district who identifies as a transgender woman.
Omar copied Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on the letter, ‘with a recommendation that he investigate this discriminatory behavior.’
Ellison said his office didn’t have the jurisdiction to investigate USA Powerlifting, but recommended that Cooper ‘file a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
Politicians, particularly D/S/Cs, try to make their own reality and force everyone to live in it. The idea that men have no advantage over women in powerlifting, of all sports, is so idiotic only a D/S/C politician could say it with a straight face. Let us, for the moment, put aside that in many Muslim countries, trans people are routinely murdered in particularly grisly and medieval ways, so Omar’s support for such people is, in light of her Muslim Brotherhood sympathies and connections, just a bit cynical.
The “trans community” and its apologists are fighting a cultural battle, to be sure, but it is also a political battle against Normal Americans, and particularly against sane women. Female athletes are, for the moment, in the way of D/S/C’s fundamental transformation of America, and if they must be sacrificed on the alter of political correctness and virtue signaling, that’s a small price to pay for a tiny portion of the population to feel virtuous. The 2020 elections are, as a result, fundamentally important, for when D/S/Cs gain the White House and the Congress, men pretending to be women will be the least of America’s problems.