If you watched Olympics in the 1970s, 1980s, and into the 1990s, you may recall wondering whether some of the Soviet bloc’s female athletes were a bit — ahem — "pumped up" (i.e., on steroids). And if you watched last month’s Winter Olympics, you saw that the Russian athletes each had to compete in Pyeongchang as an individual "Olympic athlete from Russia" because the Russian team had been suspended from competition in the 2018 Games after Russian athletes were found guilty of using banned performance-enhancing-drugs (PED’s, i.e., doping) in prior Olympics.
But then late last month, a high-school sporting event in Texas demonstrated that there may actually have been a legal way around such a ban — at least for female athletes.
Mack Beggs was born female but somewhere along the line, apparently with parental and scholastic support, decided instead to self-identify and live life as a male, receiving male hormone injections to suppress development of female secondary sex characteristics and to promote development of male secondary sex characteristics.
Meanwhile, Beggs has continued to compete in high school wrestling as a girl, and last month, won the Texas state championship in girls’ wrestling (110 lb division) for the second year in a row. (I know — if it’s seeming like you’ve fallen through Lewis Carroll’s looking glass into Wonderland, or, as Ayn Rand said, like "A does not equal A," I’m right there with you.)
Beggs reportedly wanted to wrestle against boys instead of girls and blames the unfairness inherent in wrestling against (non-"hormonally-enhanced") girls on Texas’ high school athletics governing body for requiring each student athlete to compete as the gender assigned on his or her birth certificate.
Okay, setting aside the facts that there’s no good scientific evidence to support the possibility of a male brain being trapped in a female body (or vice versa), nor is there any good scientific evidence to support "treating" someone who feels that way by attempting to change the person’s physiology rather than his or her psychology, the self-entitlement which Beggs appears to harbor is what I’d like to spotlight here.
If Beggs instead had been born short, yet self-identified as tall, I imagine we’d be hearing, "I want everyone else at school to have to crouch down around me so I feel how I want to feel, and if they don’t like it, it’s the school district safety officer’s fault for not letting me wear stilts in school."
It’s the attitude that essentially says, "If I have a problem, it’s everyone else’s duty to help me solve it, even if they didn’t cause it. I should have everything be the way I want — be treated as the gender I want, compete in the sport I want.
"I shouldn’t have to give anything up — others should have to give things (like state championships) up for me. It’s all about me."
Thus, Beggs’ story is more about entitlement than empowerment.
So, will we really see female athletes from Russia (or elsewhere) at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo legally doping, claiming to need hormones to treat "gender dysphoria"? I hope not— that could remove hardworking female athletes who don’t use PED’s from medal contention. But what concerns me more is the entitlement that we’re seeing right here in the U.S.A. in arenas from athletics to academics to the workplace.
The truth is, if I have a problem, it’s not necessarily your duty to help me solve it, particularly if you didn’t cause it (that’s what makes you generous if you do help); I can’t always have everything I want; I have to give things up sometimes, because I’m part of something larger than myself; it’s not all about me.
Brian Russell wanted to learn how people could live together as peacefully and prosperously as possible, so he studied what makes us tick (and got a Ph.D. in clinical psychology), how public policy keeps us in line (and got a law degree), and what motivates us to do our best (and got an M.B.A.). Then, he put theory to the test, practicing both psychology and law, starting his own small businesses, consulting with business leaders and lawmakers, and traveling the world comparing what does and doesn’t work in 40 societies. Now, he shares his expertise in people, public policy, and productivity on national television and radio, in his book, "Stop Moaning, Start Owning: How Entitlement Is Ruining America and How Personal Responsibility Can Fix It," and here on Newsmax. Learn more at DrBrianRussell.com. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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