“Equality, not identity” was the powerful principle articulated by French novelist Victor Hugo in his 19th century historical novel, “’93.” Yes, that was well over one hundred years ago. Well, don’t tell Victor but in 21st century America Equality isn’t enough. The radical Leftists have decreed that men and women are identical, not only in intellectual prowess, but in physical capabilities, as well. Indeed, if you don’t know what I’m talking about you’re not up on women’s sports. But I am.
I have two daughters and two granddaughters; no boys for two generations.
I started coaching when my younger daughter, Miss J, was a fourth grader in Northern New Jersey. To get her to sign up for softball I told her I would help. The next day I got a call from the softball “Commish” telling me to come pick up my roster card. I was hooked. Miss J and I did her fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade softball teams. By then I was the “Commish” and I started the town’s girls’ basketball league. I finished my girls’ coaching career with two years of high school Varsity Field Hockey. Miss J was one of my captains. Miss J also played high school Freshman, Jayvee, and Varsity Softball.
One generation later Miss J is Mrs. M and her younger daughter, Miss B, is a champion Ice Hockey and Track participant. As a twelve-year old she qualified for and competed in the Junior Olympics Nationals in Jacksonville. That’s how good she is. She throws: Shot Put, Javelin, and Discus. Who would have thought? And, as an aside, she has never played competitive softball, basketball or field hockey. This apple fell far from the tree.
So why am I telling you this? Because girls’ sports are being threatened, all across the board. Martina Navratilova, legendary tennis champion, is sounding the loudest alarm.
She said that allowing trans women to compete against born women was “insane” and likened it to “cheating.” Is this really happening? Let’s visit.
CeCe Telfer is a championship track star from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She won the NCAA Division II Women’s 400-meter hurdles by more than a second. CeCe used to be Craig. As Craig he competed on the Franklin Pierce men’s track team. NCAA rules allow any male athlete to compete on a women’s team if they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year.
Guess what? Women compete in Powerlifting. In this case we’re going to Charlottesville, Virginia, where Mary Gregory set world records for her age and weight class in 100% Raw Powerlifting. Mary won 9 of 9 events that day; four world records. Days later, Gregory was stripped of her titles. The 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation also barred Gregory from competing as a woman. A drug test apparently came back showing Mary Gregory as not eligible for the female category.
Clearly the political battle lines are being drawn. But for the Democrats the fight is over. Every Democrat in the United States House of Representatives voted for the 2019 Equality Act on May 17, 2019. It passed 206-173. There is no indication of whether it will be heard in the Senate.
It's not my intent to argue science in this essay. I’m essentially a politician. I believe that as this issue rises it will benefit the Republicans. The optics won’t fail. Long before we do drug and testosterone testing, we will simply observe size and bulk and, voila, America will come to believe that men are bigger and broader than women.
Fairness is a foundational American concept and we’re not there yet. But no parents, regardless of their politics, are going to watch big, broad males overwhelm smaller, narrower females. And it won’t be long before the public asks: “If gender transition has no effect on sports results, where are the records for the born females who have transitioned into males? Stay tuned. The discussion is in its earliest stages.
As for Victor Hugo: “Equality, not identity” is on hold. But it’ll be back.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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