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We’re going to need the cisgendered Olympics.

The state of Connecticut has offered a dismaying picture of the future of female athletics, with two transgender runners routinely outpacing the competition at the state track championships.

The two biologically male students, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, finished first and second respectively in the 55-meter dash this year, crushing the competition. Miller set a new girls indoor record, and also won the 300-meter. The year before, the two finished first and second in the 100-meter state outdoor championships.

Connecticut allows students to compete in sports as the gender they identify as, with no further requirements. If fashionable opinion has anything to say about it, this will be the universal trend.

Everyone is supposed to ignore the madness of it. In sports, the alleged fluidity of gender identity runs up against the ineluctability of sex.

Testosterone, which males get massive doses of beginning at puberty, is the original performance-enhancing drug. It makes men bigger, stronger and faster. It is easier for them to add muscle mass.

They have bigger hearts (physically, not metaphorically, of course), and greater lung capacity, among other physical advantages.

This accounts for the considerable male-female gap in athletic performance. “This differential isn’t the result of boys and men having a male identity, more resources, better training, or superior discipline,” Doriane Lambelet Coleman and Wickliffe Shreve of Duke Law School writes. “It’s because they have an androgenized body.”

At the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, Florence Griffith Joyner established a women’s record of 10.49 seconds in the 100-meter dash that no one has come close to touching ever since (in fact, there are suspicions that she was using a performance-enhancing drug).

Her epic sprint was ho-hum for a male. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, there were 15 men in the United States whose best time was 10.49 in the 100-meter in 2018, and they were merely tied for 217th fastest last year.

Worldwide, there were 35 men whose best was at that time, all tied for 768th fastest in 2018.

This is why we have separate female and male competitions to begin with, so women can showcase their talents and get recognition without being overshadowed by men with inherent physiological advantages.

This commonsense reason for separate competitions and separate record books is now falling away.

The International Olympic Committee has dropped a requirement for sex-reassignment surgery for transgender athletes, and it has set a maximum level of testosterone for transgendered women that’s still high for biological females.

Even if biologically male athletes get their testosterone levels down, their bodies are still different.

A former Olympic volleyball player from Brazil, Ana Paula Henkel, made this point in an open letter opposing the new Olympic policy. “This rushed and heedless decision to include biological men, born and built with testosterone, with their height, their strength and aerobic capacity of men, is beyond the sphere of tolerance,” Henkel wrote. “It represses, embarrasses, humiliates and excludes women.”

She cited the example of a Brazilian player who formerly competed as a man and now dominates in the women’s league and will probably make the 2020 women’s Olympic team (and deny a spot to a female player who doesn’t have the build of a man).

It now takes courage to raise any such objections. Feminists in good standing the day before yesterday are getting ostracized for insisting that there are differences between men and women that matter and can’t be ignored or wished away.

When the tennis great Martina Navratilova wrote against biological males competing in women’s sports, she was roundly attacked as transphobic and swiftly booted from the board of the LGBT group Athlete Ally.

A former Olympic swimmer from Britain, Sharron Davies, got mobbed for expressing similar sentiments.

We live in an age when stating the obvious is forbidden, and women’s sports may never be quite the same.

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Climatehoax

That’s one problem with liberalism, there are no consistent values, they scream for equal rights for women, then when the trans weirdos come along they latch on to that group and throw women under the bus.
They love Muslims, but Muslims hang and throw gays and trans off of roofs. No consistent values claim to be accepting of all, but beat up people with differing political views, Muslims treat women like 2nd class citizens, they’re terrorists, but they can throw women under the bus also. Have you no shame liberals?

oldhomey

Oh, gosh. It is such a gift to be consistently ignorant and racist, like Climate. What more could you expect from somebody who uses the screen name he uses?

martian2

wow your racism and bigotry and just pure stupidity has reached new heights hoaxer. You want to stir up hatred against over a billion Muslims because of your ignorance. You are a despicable. Your hatred serves no useful purpose. You and all the white nationalist hate groups are all the same...stupid, ignorant, loathsome, and without a shred of decency.

martian2

it is telling how none of Hoaxers friends on the right will comment on his post full of hatred and racism. They all stand arm in arm in total silence, thereby condoning what he said. All it takes for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing. That is why I and many others loath the republican party for they do agree with hoaxer, they are just too chicken to come out and say it. Fascism has a way at eating away at a man's soul, making him less than he already is.

DMoney

If you have noticed, when I see something full of racism, ignorance and prejudice, I don't comment. There are times I will say "not worth my time" or something (as I've done to you several times) but usually I don't comment. It's why I no longer respond to Cassandra2. The fact that you draw the conclusion that all Republicans are alike because of not responding to a comment shows that you are no different from any other prejudicial person. You are doing the same thing, only instead of being biased against blacks, gays, etc. you are being biased against people with a different political point of view. All the same in spirit--so count yourself in that human chain of haters linking arms.

martian2

not commenting on hate filled crazy post is a sign of complicity. No doubt about that. How hard is it to say I disagree with that kind of talk. Doesn't take much time. Fighting hate and racism is worthwhile of everyone's time, it is the honorable thing to do. You chose to do nothing, thereby are either in agreement or you just don't care about the subject. Either way, you are on the wrong side. Differing about political views is not the same as advocating racism and bigotry. My gawd that is about as dense as it gets. Yes I have my bias in politics, we all do, that is why we have more than one political party. Its why we try to have a democracy.

martian2

not speaking out against injustice and racism is not worth your time Dmoney? but speaking up about this hyped up transgender thing you have plenty of time for! Time to reset your priorities.

DMoney

Just like I don't comment on yours it Cassandra2's comments when they include openly racist or prejudicial statements. Not worth the time.

martian2

yea not worth your time Dmoney, after all you are not a minority. You don't have to worry about discrimination. You don't have to walk the same path as minorities. Equality is just not worth your time. Thank goodness people like Martin Luther King jr, Ghandi, Mother Theresa and countless others had to courage to stand up for equality and justice for all. But for Dmoney, well, its just not worth his time. And its not worth the time for the rest of the right wingers on these pages either. Sad commentary that will stain the GOP forever with people like that.

PhysicsIsFun

"Trans wierdo"! That says it all. More stupidity from Hoax.

martian2

true physics, hoaxer never ceases to amaze a person, on how stupid one person can actually be.

Climatehoax

How hypocritical of the libs to throw conservatives under the bus if they disagree with a woman in any respect, misogynous is screamed!
Libs say they are for equality for all, although we know that’s a lie, and now they are destroying women without any regard for the work they’ve done, all in the name of political correctness. But, what’s political correct about a male competing against females because he feels like a girl today, very sad, just to please a few weirdos.
But how was Sara Paleness treated by the libs? Now by their own doing they are TOTALY whipping out a woman’s identity and hard work by their own stupidity. God created 2 sexes liberals created the rest. This will completely wipe out woman’s athletics in the near future. Buy, maybe they deserve it, how many girls sue boys sports organizations to be allowed to participate? This is on Obama.

The Mouse of Death

[censored]It would behoove the transgender Stormy to not pass GO do not collect $130,000 because President Spanky prefers Lola, L-O-L-A, Lola, who looks like a woman but talks like a man. We are indeed bemezzled by the Donald's kisses for the transgender Kim Jong Un who walks like a woman and talks like a man, C-O-LA, cola, lo lo lo lo, Lola...

PhysicsIsFun

Medical reality adds complexity to life. That's for sure.

DMoney

This is one of the most outrageous side effects of our progression into a society of gender fluidity. How sad for girls and women to unfairly miss out on the fruits of their hard work and dedication athletically. This will only increase as long as we don't apply logic into our development.

oldhomey

If this is a terribly outrageous issue to your mind, D, the world is in pretty good shape, I would say. In fact, I agree with Mr. Lowry that this is unfair to female athletes who were born female. I don't think it would be to complex a solution to bar transgender women from competing as females athletes. It might not please them, but fair is fair. They are not being denied their choice to become female, only their choice to compete athletically as a female. If need be, their could be a transgender level of competition organized on their behalf. I am not sure it would be the most riveting event in athletics, but the important thing should be that their choice to become who they wanted to become has not been denied them. Life often isn't fair, but trangenders competing against females certainly isn't fair, and that can be remedied.

DMoney

Oh no no noooo. It can't be. You can't cap artificial equality and fairness. What's next, banning transgenders from using the locker room of their choosing....oh wait. That's like asking welfare recipients to have to prove they are working...oh wait. It's like telling 8 mo. pregnant women that a doctor must approve and perform a late term abortion of a viable fetus...oh wait.

DMoney

I would pay very good money to see you, oldhomey, make national news by declaring transgender kids ineligible for athletics in your district. Just like that, you'd be right there with Trump. He would probably even pay you respects on Twitter.

DMoney

And by ineligible for athletics, I mean no participation whatsoever. They could compete against girls, given the biological advantage. And they couldn't complete against boys, because they identify as girls and you'd be forcing them to conform to traditional sexes. Is pay way too much money to see you declare that publicly.

DMoney

I'd*

oldhomey

D, either you are so feverishly responding on your cell phone that you simply can't type fast enough to keep up with your exploding head, or you are losing all control of your senses, because your posts recently have taken on the flavor of those of new2 -- namely they are totally impossible to parse meaning out of them. Your 1:50am, 7:20pm and7:22pm (both of them) posts are good examples. I am SO flattered, however, that you think my thoughts would warrant national news coverage. One of your more hilarious fantasies.

DMoney

I do indeed have a high self-esteem. I'd recommend that anyone, rich or poor, try to do the same.

DMoney

You can't set limits to your liberalism, that's the whole point. It's why saying LBGT is now a microaggression. You MUST say LBGTQFSOL. As long as there's a unique person, there MUST be a unique concession.

PhysicsIsFun

It must be terribly difficult being so outraged over this. You poor little libertarian/conservative.

oldhomey

Why can't a liberal or a conservative or a middle of a roader be reasonable. A transgender person becomes by virtue of psychology and medical intervention the gender that person chooses. As such, they can use the restrooms of their assigned gender. Do you think somebody would go to that length to gain access to the bathrooms of the opposite sex? Tell me, my dear, philosophically deep friend, what the purpose would be to that? On the other hand, the transgender's past cannot be erased. They were born and matured physically in the opposite gender, giving them attributes in their new lives that carry over from the old. In the sphere of athletics, this cannot be ignored. Common sense says it is unfair to allow them to compete in female athletic contests if the physical attributes from their former sex gives them an unfair advantage. Is that somehow criminal or insensitive to your mind D? Explain please. Will the world order crumble under the duress of this overwhelming issue?

DMoney

I'm outraged over the idea that unlimited liberalism can be trimmed and capped and contained at ones comfort level. That's hypocrisy.

DMoney

Do you know how many liberals would disagree with your position on unfairness and call you a bigot, Nazi, etc? You can't limit freedom and equality. Welcome to the conundrum that is your political philosophy.

martian2

um there are limits to everything Dmoney, including liberalism, conservatism and any other kind of ism there is under the sun. So lowry thinks this is a major issue and is worried about women's sports. How about a third category of transgenders competing against one another. Would that serve to quench this controversy? They can compete against one another. Or for the purposes of sports only, they could be tested for chromosome make up, like males must have the xy chromosome and females the xx. Or is it the other way around. No matter, society will figure it out, without the name calling and condescending attitude of Hoaxer, and soon we can move on to other important topics.

oldhomey

I am curious, D, what the hell this means: "the idea that unlimited liberalism can be trimmed and capped and contained at ones comfort level." I can detect absolutely no interior logic to it.

And, for the record, liberals disagree over positions all the time. It is a much bigger tent than the one you conservatives live under. That is why GOP congressmen are scared sheetless of Trump.

If other liberals want to tear me limb from limb on this absolutely crucial, life-of-the-nation-is-at-stake issue on transgender athletes, I will take my lumps. If they want to declare I am no longer a liberal because of this stance, gosh. I will just jut my lower lip out and say, "I am SO a liberal!" We liberals are sophisticates in that respect.

DMoney

Well what I mean by that is you are officially anti-transgender. It's official, you should be receiving your certification in the mail soon. Since you are officially and certifiably anti-transgender, you are essentially anti LGBTQ (although not officially). Other groups are suspicious. What limits might you make next? What other groups will you limit, to protect other groups?

oldhomey

Here it is again, D, but this time perhaps you should read this while moving your lips. If you still think that I am anti-transgender, perhaps you should brush up on your reading comprehension skills:

A transgender person becomes by virtue of psychology and medical intervention the gender that person chooses. As such, they can use the restrooms of their assigned gender. Do you think somebody would go to that length to gain access to the bathrooms of the opposite sex? Tell me, my dear, philosophically deep friend, what the purpose would be to that? On the other hand, the transgender's past cannot be erased. They were born and matured physically in the opposite gender, giving them attributes in their new lives that carry over from the old. In the sphere of athletics, this cannot be ignored. Common sense says it is unfair to allow them to compete in female athletic contests if the physical attributes from their former sex gives them an unfair advantage. Is that somehow criminal or insensitive to your mind D? Explain please. Will the world order crumble under the duress of this overwhelming issue?

DMoney

You don't need to convince me. You need to convince the transgender community--who would probably lump you in with me and other deplorable's. You don't get it. You can't set limits--practicality, logic, common sense--these do not apply to blind and forced equality. You simply can't set restrictions, in the eyes of many people of your party. If we lived in the mid-1800's, a similar argument you would be making is that blacks should be free, but not allowed to vote. And THAT is how your argument would be viewed, in modern times about transgenders.

oldhomey

If your 1:28pm post was an attempt at irony on your part, D, you should practice that form of humor more before you go public with it.

DMoney

It's not irony. That's the same argument you are making. You are putting a contingency on a freedom which is not allowed by your side.

oldhomey

D, I believe there are contingent stipulations on many of our guaranteed freedoms. Or do you favor allowing people to scream "Fire!" in a crowded theater as a right of free speech?

DMoney

You are preaching to the choir. I'm with you on this one, brother. I'm saying your party and ideological base is absolutely against you, and that I guarantee, regardless of how much common sense you make on this subject. And that's one of my biggest gripes about liberals, is the ignorance of logic and common sense when it comes to "equal rights".

oldhomey

Yes, I have noticed how all the other liberals who commonly post on these boards have been on here scorching me with criticism for agreeing that perhaps it is unfair for transgender male-to-female athletes to compete against female athletes. The condemnation has been SO painful for me. I am thinking trying to learn how to talk out of both sides of my mouth, too, a skill I see you attempting to perform fairly often.

DMoney

I'm a lot of things but a hypocrite I am not. It's hilarious if you actually believe that you'd find support from a majority or even a good number of liberals on your anti transgender position.

oldhomey

I admire your high estimation of yourself, D. You may be one of the few who hold you in such high esteem, however.

Climatehoax

How many college scholarships are being lost because these girls are being beaten by boys? You are misogynistic, it doesn’t matter to you
, you’re more concerned with pleasing the LGBDYNKTRDetc, etc, than normal healthy women, sick liberals, sick agenda. How many times do you use the women’s bathroom homey? Right up your alley, sicko, how many days do you feel feminine? Don’t forget your tampons! We know your true identity now, woman hater.

oldhomey

I take back every mean thing I ever said about Climate. I had NO idea that he was such a sensitive soul, worrying about the loss of college athletic scholarships being denied to women athletes beaten out by transgender women athletes. This apparently is a monumentally huge problem undermining most of our institutions of higher learning. Why have I been so blind to this!!!! From now on, I will accede to all that you say and follow your lead in beautifully composed and reasoned debate. I refer, of course, to your absolutely brilliant discourse in your 2:24pm post: "How many times do you use the women’s bathroom homey? Right up your alley, sicko, how many days do you feel feminine? Don’t forget your tampons! We know your true identity now, woman hater."

Stunning. Just the sort of display of intelligence we would expect coming from somebody using the screen name that you use. Climatehoax.

PhysicsIsFun

Hoax you make less sense everyday. I will say this, and it is quite an achievement for you. You used "you're" correctly. Now that you've conquered grade school grammar what will we see from you next? Maybe a spec of empathy, reason, or intellect. I rather doubt it!

oldhomey

to/too, their/there. Wow! I certainly am a model of consistency. Sorry.

martian2

miss out on the fruits of their hard work athletically? Athletics teaches so much more than who won or who is in first place or last place. It teaches about self discipline, trying to better yourself by challenging yourself. It teaches how important it is to practice, and to get back up and try again when you falter. It teaches team work, cooperation, and with a good coach, good sportsmanship. So many great side effects of sports will continue and will not be lost, no matter how this issue turns out.

DMoney

And in this case, it teaches how countless hours of hard work, discipline, sacrifice and pride can be completely trounced by political correctness in the name of equality.

martian2

what! how can all those positive things in sports be trounced? They will never be trounced despite who you compete against in sports. You must think life and sports are all about two things, winners and losers. If you would expand you thinking you would realize those are just two outcomes of sports, and I consider them minor outcomes. Its the over coming personal adversity, the human spirit, the willingness to keep trying, that is what sports is all about in my book. I taught my kids that, if you give it your best shot you will always be a winner. And my two kids, well my daughter is a third degree black belt in the martial arts, and my son served six years in special forces for this country. Hardly what I call being trounced.

DMoney

This is about women, so in your daughters case, great for her. But the only competition is herself. What if she would have had to compete against a transgender before being allowed to qualify for the next belt?

martian2

If you knew anything about Martial arts you wouldn't have said what you said. In the Martial arts you compete against everyone! Got it, everyone. You want to earn the next belt, you spar with those bigger and faster and stronger than you. Its not about who wins or loses, its about improving yourself against competitors of any gender. You want a trophy in a Martial arts tournament, you compete against all, in forms, weapons, and sparring. A transgender makes no difference.

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