This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Equality Act. Part of this legislation would mandate that “sex” in federal non-discrimination laws would be redefined to include “gender identity.” One result of this redefinition is that transgender-identified individuals, specifically males transitioning to females, would be allowed to compete according to their preferred “gender identity” in school and university sports programs. Certain states have already adopted similar measures, and it’s creating havoc across the country.
“It’s demoralizing.” That’s what high school junior Selina Soule says about the “transitioning” biological males, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who are competing and winning most girls’ track events in Connecticut. The biologically male runners are currently ranked as the third and seventh-fastest female runners in the country and pushing athletes like Soule out of competitions.
“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts,” Soule said. The two biological males always come in the number one and number two spots at state meets, no matter how hard the girls try. She believes that it is unfair to allow biological males, regardless of their “transition status,” to compete with females. The inclusion of Miller and Yearwood likely also means that Soule will miss out on athletic college scholarship opportunities because she now places too low in competitions.
Yearwood’s response to young women who are concerned about their inability to place is to work harder. But the problem is that when it comes to the biology of men and women, working harder just isn’t going to cut it.
As one parent says, “You don’t realize it until you see it in person, the disparity in the ability to perform.”
According to a Duke University, men have an advantage over women by 10 to 12 percent when it comes to sport competitions. Transitioning males, regardless of the hormones they are taking or their appearance, have a natural advantage when competing against women especially if they are older when they start to transition. In fact, one of the young men now competing against women was just “mediocre” when he was competing on the boys’ team. Now that he is in the process of “transitioning,” he dominates the competition. No matter how hard the girls try, there is no way that they can keep up.
Testosterone, the male hormone, supports the development of larger skeletal muscles, bigger hearts, and more red blood cells that can absorb more oxygen. Biological women born with more testosterone also have an advantage in sports, and international regulators now limit the amount of testosterone that women can have in their bodies and still compete as women. As a result, South African track and field star Caster Semenya, a biological female with a naturally high level of testosterone, can likely no longer compete at the international level. The same oversight isn’t happening in schools and certain sports.
There are numerous other differences and advantages that testosterone gives men when it comes to sports and physical strength, but social activists don’t care. As a result, young women in sports are being forced to sit on the sidelines as biological men consistently come out on top. In some cases, women can experience physical harm when it comes to competing with men. Here are some other examples of biological men competing against biological women:
- Rachel McKinnon, a biological man transitioning to a woman, won a world championship in cycling.
- A handball player in Australia, Hannah Mouncey, was initially barred from playing in a professional league because his size and weight put him at a distinct physical advantage and put other players in danger.
- Mixed martial fighter Fallon Fox, a biological male, broke the eye socket of a female fighter, Tamikka Brents, and also gave her a concussion during a fight. “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night…I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life,” Brents said.
Her statement could be a startling premonition of things to come if biological men continue to compete alongside women.
It’s not just the ability to run faster that’s problematic, there is actual physical danger that women can face when in physical competition with men. It’s not a matter of training or dieting, it’s simple physical biology. The fact is that men are, generally speaking, stronger than women, despite what the social activists say. Until that fact is accepted, women in certain sports remain at risk of physical injury or possibly even death when competing against their biologically male competitor, regardless of his “transition” status.
Voting against the Equality Act demonstrates a dedication to protecting young women from competing against physically superior men in sporting events. The Title IX Act of 1972 gave young women the equal right to participate in school sports, and that right should be protected and not stripped in an attempt to include transgender individuals.