May 25, 2019

How Can This Be Fair?

Pay very close attention because it is important that you follow the information I am going to reveal if you are going to understand what this article is about. Pronouns are the key. Here we go:

Mack is a high school girl who wants to become a boy. She is taking testosterone injections to help bring about the “change.” Mack loves wrestling and would love to wrestle boys. However, she lives in Texas, and Texas law requires that athletes compete in the gender category that is on their birth certificate. So, Mack must wrestle girls. With the muscular size and strength aided by the testosterone, Mack has won two straight wrestling championships, going undefeated in the last two years.

Andraya is a boy who wants to be a female. He loves track, and his home state of Connecticut allows him to compete in the gender category of his choosing. So, he competes against girls. He has won two state championships in the girls’ 100 and 200 meter sprints.

Rachel McKinnon was born a male but now believes that he is a female. His love is professional indoor sprint cycling, where athletes compete against each other in short (200-500 meter) sprints. He competes against women because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Cycling Union (ICU) permit males to compete against women if they can prove that they have completed an entire year of testosterone suppression procedures and have a testosterone level in their blood below 10 nanomoles (one billionth of a mole). Rachel fulfilled the requirements, and just this month won the Women’s World Championship sprint competition in the 35-44 age category.

Are you still with me? I hope so, because it can be confusing. Now let me introduce you to another professional athlete. Her name is Sarah Fader. She, too, enjoys indoor sprint cycling, and in 2017 she became the world champion in the same age group in which McKinnon competes. This year she made it to the finals again, and her opponent was McKinnon. Fader withdrew from the final because she believed McKinnon had an unfair advantage. A sprint race involves raw power as opposed to strategy. McKinnon is six feet tall and weighs 200 pounds, whereas Fader is 5-foot-5 and weighs 135 pounds.

Fader told an ESPN writer, “I thought that doing it this way was my own form of protest. I knew that I personally did not agree with the situation. I don’t want to compete in a sport that is unfair.” She added, “I’m not blaming Rachel for competing. A lot of people are calling her a cheater, and she’s not a cheater because the current rules allow her to do it legally. I just don’t believe the current rules.”

Fader says that many of her racing colleagues feel the same way, but they are afraid to publicly express their opinions for fear of being labeled a “trans-hater.”

Well, Ms. Fader, McKinnon is cheating. His body mass and strength is superior to yours and that of all the other female sprint cyclists in your age group. And also cheating are those in authority who have allowed this to happen.

Whether it’s at the professional level or in high school or college, when a man decides that he is going to compete against women because he believes he is a woman trapped in a man’s body, who suffers? The obvious answer is the thousands of girls and women who, with rare exceptions, will not have a chance to beat the faux woman in a championship event.

The reverse, where a woman believes she is really a man and wants to compete against men, will rarely negatively affect male athletes when it comes to an elite level of competition. The male body is simply too strong and/or too fast to be beaten.

So, that brings us back to the women. Many parents of high school female athletes have protested to their state athletic associations and state legislators, looking for relief from this injustice. These parents have watched with dismay as their daughters have trained for years to reach an elite level and then have to watch a boy win a championship in the girls’ division. If that’s fair, then I do not know the definition of the word.

But there is a faster alternative for parents and their daughters than waiting for some authority to intervene. I urge female athletes to simply boycott any athletic event where a “transgendered” male is allowed to compete. If thousands of female athletes refuse to participate in this charade, then my guess is that those in authority will move rather quickly to solve the problem. If they don’t, then parents should form their own “trans-free” athletic clubs and compete with other like-thinking groups, free from the tentacles of government.

And just for the record, it is impossible for a person to change genders. He or she can imitate another gender, but he or she cannot become another gender. That’s not hate; that’s science.

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Thomas Addis

THOMAS ADDIS is a retired high school teacher and published author, most recently authoring a children's book, A Gift of Light, which is available at Amazon. An M.A. graduate of Oakland University, he is Associate Editor of Catholic Journal. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and cycling.

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