Female Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard crushed the competition at an international event held in Samoa earlier this month, picking up two gold medals and a silver. She’s expected to repeat that performance at Olympiad XXXII in Tokyo next year.
And when she does, that will mark the end of the greatest quadrennial international sporting competition in modern history.
Hubbard formerly competed for New Zealand in the men’s weightlifting division under her birth name Gavin. Now that she’s transitioned to a female, the 40-something athlete can extend her career and is cleaning everyone’s clock.
Three years ago the International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed its rules governing transgender athletes, and it no longer requires them to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to compete. That ruling now conforms to current National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines.
Women’s sports groups in New Zealand and England alike are asking Olympic authorities to speak up and “defend women’s sport.”
Here in the United States, however, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes female athletes should just suck it up and quit their whining.
“Let’s make this loud and clear,” the ACLU tweeted. “Transgender people have the right to participate in sports consistent with who we are.”
The problem is, of course, “who we are” is determined at birth. It’s a person’s biological sex, and anatomical males come with the advantage of male bodies, male stamina, male strength, male speed, and male geometric frames.
That should be patently obvious to anyone with the possible exception of the IOC, the ACLU, and the NCAA.
One wonders why the ACLU would even have a say in the matter. According to its mission statement, “the ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone.”
It says nothing about being a sports authority.
Franklin Pierce University hurdler Craig Telfer is a case on point. He always placed well overall, but, like anyone else, he wanted to do better. Prior to his senior year he decided to switch from being Craig to Cece, and all of a sudden a track and field star was born.
Notwithstanding the built-in benefits she gained, Telfer claimed that there were also disadvantages to competing as a woman, including increased wind resistance owing to his greater height, and the fact that the hurdles are spaced more than a half meter closer to one another on the track.
On the other hand, the hurdles are also six inches shorter for the women’s events.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova saw through this nonsense, even though she’s also a fervent champion for LGBT issues.
“I love you ACLU, but you are wrong on this,” she tweeted. “Unless you want to completely remake what Women’s Sports means, there can be no blanket inclusion rule. There is nothing stereotypical about this- it’s about fairness and it’s about science. Thank you.”
It wasn’t that long ago when both the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) considered transgenderism a mental disorder that called for treatment.
Dr. Paul McHugh, formerly of Johns Hopkins, said just four yers ago that “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”
As of last year, the WHO classifies transgenderism as a “sexual health condition.”
But whether it’s properly classified as a disorder or a “health condition” is immaterial. The result remains the same. Women are forced to compete against biological males, apparently in an effort to be inclusive and politically correct, to the detriment of those who have trained all their lives seeking their Olympic moment in the sun.
When the Tokyo games open July 24 of next year, victory will lose much of its thrill in the women’s events, and defeat will be that much more agonizing for some, knowing that a medal would have been within their grasp if only the playing field had been fair.
And spectators will be given one more reason to switch the channel, knowing that the games’ victors had been selected well in advance.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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