The world of professional sports is all a-tizzy over transgender females sweeping competitions and setting world records. After all, they were born men with 8% more muscle mass than their natural counterparts.
Mary Gregory is an American powerlifter and strength coach who caught major flak after several wins during the 100% Raw Weightlifting Federation competition held in Virginia during the last weekend in April 2019.
The proud former man announced on Instagram that she was “9 for 9” in competition and had set four new world records for women, in the Masters world squat, open world bench, Masters world deadlift, and for the Masters world total record.
After thanking the organizers and others who helped see the self-proclaimed woman take all the glory, Gregory blushed:
“As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone- all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you!”
“Just another female lifter?” Not hardly – as we used to say in colloquial Kentucky.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) agrees. New regulations will lower the permitted level of testosterone allowed in women’s events, perhaps as much as 50%, from ten to five nanomoles per liter:
“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will issue new guidelines to 55 sports federations, from archery to wrestling, later this year. They will apply to the Tokyo 2020 Games.”
This decision was made only days after 40-year-old transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand competed at the Commonwealth Games, where she was the favorite until an injury cut her run for the gold (so to speak) short.
For the past 15 years, transgender people have been competing at the Olympic level:
“Trans athletes who underwent gender confirmation surgery were first allowed to compete in the 2004 Winter Olympics, provided they had been on hormones for at least two years after surgery and legally changed their gender.”
The surgical requirement was dropped the following year and the time period on hormones was reduced to one year.
In case you missed the memo, there is a new term for a person who exclusively identifies as their sex assigned at birth: cisgender or cis for short.
Judging femaleness by testosterone levels can backfire: one cisgender female named Dutee Chand, a sprinter from India, was disqualified after her blood test results showed she had naturally-elevated levels of testosterone. Chand appealed the ruling and may compete, for the time being.
Former Brazilian gold-medal volleyballer Ana Paula Henkel speaks for many when she says transgender athletes such as Brazil’s women’s volleyball champion, Tifanny Abreu, and U.S. volleyball team hopeful Tia Thompson should not be allowed to compete with women who were born with ovaries and mammary glands:
“It is not a matter of prejudice, it is physiology. Most players don’t think it is fair for transsexuals to play against women. And it is not,” because their bodies gain advantage from being “filled with testosterone all life long.”
Two former British Olympic champions, swimmer Sharron Davies and runner Kelly Holmes, also expressed their unhappiness on the unfair advantage created by the admission of transgender rivals.
Tweeting about Gregory’s nine weight-lifting wins and four new world records, Davies wrote:
“This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete…it’s a pointless unfair playing field.”
Jessica Gulmire, writing for the Federalist, joined the chorus against unfair physical competition masked as transgender rights:
“The Olympic Committee’s latest decision to allow transgender athletes to compete alongside whatever sex they identify with, without undergoing transgender surgery, will be the end of women’s sports, at least for natural-born women.”
Gulmire stated what we all know about the final results in a competition between females birthed as females and females birthed as males:
“I expect to see women continue to get creamed by competitors who were biologically born faster and stronger.”
This cis female athlete is upset because feminism – promoting the equal rights and opportunities of women – is being trumped by the false label of transphobia. A phobia is an unreasonable fear. Do you think there is anything irrational about betting on the trans female to win the sport? In a sense, wouldn’t the opposite be true – you’d be crazy not to bet on the tranny?
Gulmire believes the Olympic organizers are allowing trans females to compete in order to woo back the Games’ dwindling viewership:
“Creating a third category for people who do not identify with the sex they were born into wouldn’t otherwise gain a following. The trans population is less than 1 percent of humanity, and very few people would care to watch trans women destroy trans men. So we have to allow trans women to take on natural-born women in the name of solidarity.”
The admittedly “livid” Gulmire wrote:
“Natural-born men can say they’re women, not do anything else, and win women’s competitions now depending on the sport. Goodbye to equality. Women who speak out are told to shut their mouths and just go with it.”
Rest assured that we have not heard the last of this heated debate. As the 2020 Olympics grow closer, one can only wonder if all women’s competitions are destined to transform rapidly into female transgender games – and would that be fun to watch?