I really, really balk at getting into these issues because honestly, I worry that they’ll die out on their own and that attention paid to them is counter-productive. But I can’t sit idly by while our society appears to be increasingly carried away by nonsense on this front.
But in that same interview, Rousey didn’t exactly demonstrate a predilection for sensitivity. “She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has,” Rousey said about Fox. “What if she became UFC champion and we had a transgender women’s champion? It’s a very socially difficult situation.”It’s only a “socially difficult” situation thanks to people like Rousey. Earlier this year, Rousey tried softening her words — though not changing her opinion — in an interview with the Huffington Post. “From what I’ve read, it seems if like you’ve already gone through puberty as a man, even if you really want to rid yourself of those physical advantages, I just don’t think science is there yet.”
Rousey studied the wrong “science,” because claims of supposed transgender superiority in athletics are categorically false and have zero scientific backing.”
Here it is. It’s the actual manifestation of those worries which my astute and politically-inclined friends have expressed over the Neo-PC left. Many liberals, it seems, are inclined to ignore the nonsensical ramblings of the Neo-PC in favor of castigating the dangerous lunacy of the far right. Though the two are not, of course, mutually exclusive acts, it seems the worry is that the former will distract from the latter. The latter is perceived to be more important, for the far right, they argue, is more dangerous to the country than the Neo-PC is or could ever be. With the Bush administration doing such incredible damage to our country and the rabid fervor with which it is defended to this day, they are surely correct about the fact that the far right has done more damage than the far left Neo-PCers.
But the Neo-PC stuff is getting out of control, and this is a prime example. We are risking its adoption at a level that starts to really lord its insanity over us from a governing position. It is pretty remarkable that we, as a society, are supporting claims that “supposed transgender superioritiy in athletics are categorically false and have zero scientific backing.” And these claims are prefaced, of course, with the obligatory chastisement of opponents for being insensitive. Don’t worry, all your favorite Neo-PC nonsense will fall into place as the article moves forward (spoiler alert: it’s offensive, too!).
So what’s the argument here? Is it really being asserted that transgender people are not and have never been the sex from which they “transitioned,” thereby accruing no benefits from their physiology (which was never male, as they would argue?), or are they saying that human sexual dimorphism isn’t real, and that being a man does not provide any athletic advantage over being a woman? Or maybe the latter is admitted, but it is asserted in addition that these advantages are entirely reversible with modern science, contrary to Rousey’s reasonable opinion?
As one who is well-acquainted with postmodern BS might suspect; it’s hard to tell. If you follow the “categorically false” link, you get a hodgepodge of flagrantly horrible arguments:
All those hours driving and helping your daughter hone her natural skill; seeing her earn varsity playing time as a freshman—only to watch years of hard work and a chance at that Division I dream fall flat if a boy (who identifies as female) trumped her for her spot on the varsity team?”
The argument is so wrong, so bizarre, and so offensive that it’s hard to know where to begin. Hell, it’s the plot of the movie Ladybugs. Leva obviously hasn’t noticed that in the states and districts with pro-trans policies, boys are not exactly lining up to dominate girls’ leagues. She is arguing that less competition means greater likelihood of success. While this is true, it ignores that the world is better if we can all compete. Competition, after all, is the point of sports.
Yes…what a “bizarre” and “offensive” argument…that men have athletic advantages over women…and it would be sad if a man masqueraded as a woman in an athletic competition, driving out a hard-working female competitor from a slot on a team…
But as you can see, the author ignores that part (y’know – the actual argument being offered), for it is not easy ground in which to cultivate the seeds of postmodern insanity. Rather, the author focuses solely on the largely-irrelevant fact that allowing males who identify as female to compete athletically against biological females doesn’t prompt a huge amount of men to attempt such a thing. This is some sort of straw man composed entirely of red herring.
For bonus points, the author throws in a weird assertion that this is some sort of unfair attempt to ensure “less competition” for female athletes. Again, this is seemingly stated in denial or rejection of the long-standing practice of separating female and male athletes with respect to human sexual dimorphism and the athletic advantages and disadvantages conferred thereby.
Having started firmly down a distracting, wrong-headed path, the author then goes on to cite some examples of intersex athletes. Again, this is a common postmodernist/Neo-PC tactic: find difficult judgment calls and act as though they are representative of all relevant judgment calls. If the author can keep everyone’s attention on intersex conditions, the author can trick the audience into believing the outlandish position that males without such conditions who nonetheless identify as females have reaped no unfair advantage over females based on their male physique.
This stuff is really, truly, unbelievably stupid. Not only is it stupid, but it is ruinous to people’s lives to accept and promote their irrational beliefs which, on account of their irrationality, are doomed to failure and can bring no happiness to their possessors. We are actively cultivating the acceptance of falsehood against all reason as though it were a crime to do otherwise. What’s next? Shall the denial of schizophrenics their delusions be considered a crime of western oppression against their minds?
Anyone who thought this far left nonsense wasn’t dangerous should be very alarmed by the traction such obvious insanity is gaining over much of the population. And it’s all taking place under the false flag of “sensitivity” and “inclusion.”
So what does the author do when faced with an organization that bends over backwards to be perceived as sensitive and inclusive while simultaneously attempting to point out the obvious relevant facts?
“Competitions at the 2012 London Olympic Games are conducted separately for men and women (with the exception of certain events). Human biology, however, allows for forms of intermediate levels between the conventional categories of male and female, sometimes referred to as intersex. Usually, intersex athletes can be placed in the male or female group on the basis of their legal sex. However, as explained below, intersex female athletes with elevated androgen production give rise to a particular concern in the context of competitive sports, which is referred to as ‘female hyperandrogenism.'”
The guidelines go on to outline how certain hormones, particularly testosterone, can have an impact on one’s ability to generate muscle mass, in addition to its effects on height, weight, metabolism, and bone density. The IOC went on to set “circumstances in which a particular athlete will not be eligible to participate … in the female category,” and adding that “in the event that the athlete has been declared ineligible to compete in the female category, the athlete may be eligible to compete as a male athlete.”
While this is undeniably an improvement over the extraordinarily invasive process of testing athletes’ chromosomes, the 2012 IOC standards remain controversial as many view them as trying to set a standard of normality among athletes, which is at odds with the very concept of high-level athletic competition, where abnormality is prized.”
OH, now being physiologically male, but competing as a female, is simply an “abnormality” which should be prized! Ignore all that sciency-talk about hormones and whatnot.
Despite fears that Richards would parlay her status as a transgender individual into pro sports dominance, she was, at best, average. She didn’t make it past the first round of the 1977 U.S. Open.
Hey! There was this one male-to-female transgender athlete one time who wasn’t as good as the female athletes against whom he competed! Therefore, the author seems to want to conclude, there is no evidence that male-to-female transgender athletes have any unfair physiological advantage over their female competitors…who compete separately from the male athletes in order to eradicate this very unfair physiological advantage..
The NCAA’s rules, issued by the NCAA Office of Inclusion, outline requirements that trans student-athletes must follow in order to participate in school sports. Unlike the IOC, they do not require student-athletes to undergo genital surgery in order to participate. Medical experts support the NCAA’s stance on transgender inclusion in sports.
“Research suggests that androgen deprivation and cross sex hormone treatment in male-to-female transsexuals reduces muscle mass,” says Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D., professor, and director of the Center for Gender-Based Biology and Chief Medical Genetics Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. “Accordingly, one year of hormone therapy is an appropriate transitional time before a male-to-female student-athlete competes on a women’s team.”
Despite the ever-growing mountain of evidence debunking the idea that trans athletes have some form of advantage over their cisgender counterparts, many members of the public remain skeptical. This skepticism remains the largest barrier to trans athletes’ participation in sports.
SEE!? They have NO ADVANTAGE WHATSOEVER! There is EVER-GROWING MOUNTAINOUS EVIDENCE! They simply have to undergo hormone therapy to artificially reduce their muscle mass in some fashion to partially eliminate their…uh…non-advantage which never existed..
This is just flat-out, remarkably stupid. I had to wrestle with whether or not I am violating my self-imposed rule to avoid the moronic riptides of the Interwebs by responding to this nonsense, but given its unfortunate and somewhat unbelievable influence in our public discourse, I feel obligated to stand and speak against it.
The author goes on to critique the following position:
“She wants to be able to fight women in MMA; I say no fucking way,” Rogan began his rant against Fox. “I say if you had a dick at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a dick. You have bigger hands, you have bigger shoulder joints. You’re a fucking man. That’s a man, OK? You can’t have… that’s… I don’t care if you don’t have a dick any more.”
“Fight guys, yes. She has to fight guys. First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a women’s hands and they’re built different. They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
Which, though not very tactful or eloquent, is correct nonetheless. The CrossFit representative then quoted below agrees, and though he is not particularly tactful either, he, too, is right.
“We have simply ruled that based upon [Chloie] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men’s Division,” the letter reads. “The fundamental, ineluctable fact is that a male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic makeup that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women. … Our decision has nothing to do with ‘ignorance’ or being bigots — it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school.”
And what is the author’s response to this appeal to basic facts of human physiology?
The condescending nature in which the letter is penned, accusing those who side with trans inclusion of being ignorant of “fundamental biology” that must have been missed in “high school” is nothing new.
…yes. I am sure you hear this all the time. I wonder why that might be.
I particularly enjoyed the intentional misrepresentation of the point at hand; now it’s an argument against “those who side with trans inclusion,” not merely an obvious physiological point. This guy’s really pulling out all the stops.
Soon thereafter, self-professed LGBT ally Wendy Williams used her talk show as a platform to host an immensely transphobic panel discussion that included a joke about Jönsson’s last name and unqualified medical advice. The easy dissemination of this type of misinformation seems to be making the world a less friendly place for trans athletes. As LGBT rights advance in so many other areas, trans rights lag to the point where a woman wanting to compete in a women’s sporting division is somehow controversial simply because she is transgender.
Well, there you have it. The Neo-PC response to longstanding, well-understood positions (e.g. human sexual dimorphism and its implications for athletics) is to restate the counterargument with scare quotes and then to resort to accusations of “xphobia” where “x” is anything meeting the immediate need to discredit counterarguments. This is followed up with simple, false assertions that the counterargument is based on misinformation.
When a man can’t pretend to be a woman and demand total acceptance of his lies by society, well, that’s when we know we’re just a callous, bigoted world.