Gaslighting the Annihilation of Sports for Women and Girls

One glance. That’s all it takes.

If you have working eyeballs and are honest, you must admit that you only need 0.2 seconds to recognize which of these three people has a male body that went through a male puberty, accruing all the athletic advantages that a male biology enjoys over a female biology. Even with all of their current testosterone production blocked, this person would still enjoy the advantages of denser muscle mass, bone structure, higher oxygen efficiency, and much more, all built up during their time as a male.

This is the very picture of a categorically unfair competition that cannot possibly be made fair by any amount of “gender identity.” Veronica Ivy (aka Rachel McKinnon aka Rhys McKinnon), the person on the left, now holds a world female record in indoor track cycling, despite being born in a male body and going through male puberty, because Ivy/McKinnon “identifies” as female.

According to the new progressive orthodoxy, this person gets to race in the category they feel rather than the category to which they objectively belong, upending the entire purpose of sports for women and girls in the first place. UK women had to fight like hell just to have their own cycling races, but now they are rendered mere spectators in their own sport.

Title IX, the federal law that requires American colleges and universities to set aside an equivalent number of sports scholarships for females and males, was never intended to cater to the internal gender feelings of athletes. Title IX exists to create opportunities for athletes with female bodies, full stop. It is nothing less than misogyny to insist that a law designed to create fair competition for people with one type of biology (women) somehow requires that we now let people with the other type of body (men) dominate those competitions.

Yet that is exactly the position that major liberal and human rights organizations are pushing right now. Though it has never been subject to much attention, let alone a real policy debate, this campaign to make women’s sports a domain for men is already far advanced: it is already what state high school athletic associations, the NCAA, and IOC have allowed, with predictable results.

When he was a man, CeCe Telfer never rated higher than 290th in Division II NCAA track and field events. Today, Telfer is the reigning national champion, but we are not supposed to notice that the hurdles, for example, are set nine inches lower for women’s competitions. According to the new liberal orthodoxy, to even suggest aloud that this made a difference in Telfer’s performance is hate speech. We are not to question this result. No asterisk has been added to Telfer’s “achievement.”

If you are honest, you will admit you can tell which one of these three athletes has a male body that went through a male puberty, and that this was never a fair competition for either of the women in the photo.

It’s not hard to see where this is going. We have mountains of historical data to interrogate and prove statistically that coed competition can never, ever be fair to women.

Here is just one example. Of the 45 men who scored a time in the 100-meter dash at the World Athletic Championships in Doha last year, all but three were faster than the world record women’s time set by Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988. Over the last 32 years, tens of thousands of male athletes have recorded run times that were faster than the single fastest woman who ever lived. It will only take one mediocre male athlete “transitioning” to shatter this longstanding world record forever, whereupon we are required to praise them, lest we be deemed bigots and transphobes.

Though the pandemic has canceled or postponed athletic events for now, this remains a live issue across women’s sports. The US Women’s national soccer team are all adults, and they have won many world titles and accolades, but they regularly lose scrimmage games to 14 and 15 year-old high school boys. That is the exact age range in which male world records surpass female adult records in every sport for which we have data — and the divergence never diminishes. In fact, female athletes have not made up any ground on male athletes since 1983. What may seem like a small difference in performance between the sexes — about nine percent, in the case of the women’s 100-meter dash — is in fact an impossibly-wide gulf for women to ever cross.

Nevertheless, liberal organizations are pushing for exactly this outcome, insisting that it is perfectly fair for people with male bodies to compete against people with female bodies because something something gender identity. Later this week, we will examine the American Civil Liberties Union’s case against the state of Idaho, which recently passed legislation to address this inequity. Their court brief is a perfect example of the outright lies, knowing obfuscations, and absurd rationalizations being used to gaslight the annihilation of sports for women and girls.

About the author

Former progressive activist declared heretic by his former movement for refusing to believe that "woman" is a costume or a feeling and recognizing male pattern behavior as male even when it wears lipstick and high heels. Just because you hate something I say does not make it hate speech.
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