Just last month I sat in on a presentation led by Scott Russell, a Canadian sports writer and broadcaster for CBC. He talked about gender equity in sports, racial tensions, how we can mitigate risk, and so on. I’m no fan of these buzz words that organize us into a cult-like manner because it just reinforces politically correct ideology that suppresses intellectual discourse. There was one topic that I was particularly interested in, however: should transgender people be allowed to compete in sports.
Before I tackle this proposition, I want to make myself very clear that I support women in sports. I believe they can compete at a very high level, and I believe they should also be given the opportunity and resources to grow and prosper.
The proposition, should transgender people be allowed to compete in sports is ambiguous because there’s a salient difference between Trans woman (a male-to-female transsexual) competing in female sports and Trans man (a female-to-male transsexual) competing in male sports.
In the case of Trans woman, an overwhelming amount of research has shown that they have higher levels of testosterone, a hormone which helps athletic performance and physical ability, giving them an advantage when competing with female athletes. Consider Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender athlete in MMA history that seems to impose her male physical dominance on other women. She wasn’t simply winning these fights, she was manhandling these women. Fallon Fox has higher bone density, larger lung capacity, and larger fists – all of which are critical factors that help a competitor win fights. Joe Rogan, an MMA commentator expressed his disapproval for Fallon Fox to fight with other women by saying,
“Fight guys, yes. She has to fight guys. First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a women’s hands and they’re built different. They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
I completely agree with Joe Rogan because it’s hard to turn against scientific evidence and facts, especially when it’s tested and well documented countless times. It worries me when radical leftists deny biological differences between men and women. Though there are more similarities than differences between men and women, the variance in physical ability is significant which is manifested in the following example. Let’s say presently we take the 10 greatest male basketball players and the 10 greatest female basketball players. Out of a pool of these 20 athletes, we choose the greatest top 10 basketball players. Almost invariably, the top 10 will predominately be men. Why is that? Because this experiment conforms to the scientific evidence that men have an upper-hand in physical, biological characteristics compared to women, an important indicator for success in physical sports. We can do this experiment at almost every physical sport and the outcome will test negative.
In the case of Trans man, they don’t have an advantage because their testosterone levels, bone density, genetic level, muscle mass, and so on doesn’t compare to men. I think they’re actually put at a disadvantage, and it’s for this reason why we don’t see many successful trans man athletes.
I hope the integrity of sports remain strong. We can’t afford to lose the beauty of sport competition to preposterous justifications that are predicated on fiction rather than facts. As I said before, I want to see women succeed and become the best possible athletes. In order for that to happen, we can’t have trans women athletes who have an unfair advantage take away from the potential and stardom of women.
By Vinu Selvaratnam