Saying anything negative about “transgender rights” will quickly get us labeled as some kind of “phobe”. Too many folks are ready to bite your head off and lash out irrationally at the thought of someone that is “different” feeling bad for even a moment. I agree that we should do anything in our power to respect everyone and treat everyone with dignity and love, but doesn’t this apply to all people, not just the ones that “feel different”?
When I read the story about the female transgender wrestler in Texas that was taking testosterone hormones and won the state championship, I was livid. Most reasonable people know that we can’t really change anyone’s biological sex. The XX (female) or XY (male) chromosomes never change regardless of what alterations are done to the human body. We are indeed born either male or female regardless of what sex we want to “identify as” or simply put… Impersonate. Now there is a big push for everyone to accept the “gender fluid label” which makes life really confusing and chaotic for everyone. You would think, we all can easily see how this makes restrooms and dressing rooms unsafe, by allowing sexual predators easy access to victims. Those are legitimate things to be concerned about, but what about something as simple as allowing someone to cheat?
We are talking about a high school female wrestler that chose to take hormones that are meant to increase her lean muscle mass, which consequently made her stronger than all her female opponents. We continually hear the cry for “equality!” Well doesn’t intentionally taking strength enhancing hormones and competing in a tournament make you “unequal” with your opponents? If this transgender student is old enough to be allowed to attempt to change her “biological sex”, isn’t she perfectly capable of understanding the consequences of the choice SHE made. She MADE HERSELF UNEQUAL with the other competitors.
In wrestling, there are weight classes to make sure people don’t get hurt. Wrestlers compete against opponents that are in the same weight class. It’s been like this in the sport the whole time. These rules are in place to keep things fair and safe. This girl threw a “monkey wrench” in the whole system and now all the wrestlers that worked so hard had to watch someone receive a medal that cheated! How else can we call this one? It’s clear and I’m sure there were many angry parents and upset wrestlers and rightfully so! How can anyone not see how wrong this is?
Could she have wrestled with the boys? I understand the rule is that you must wrestle at your biological sex on your birth certificate. (Science is clear. We can’t change our biological sex.) Even if that wasn’t a rule, isn’t she unequal with the boys too? I know she pummeled the females, but the males would more than likely pummel her. She’d probably get hurt. This transgender girl made her body “unequal” in both the female and male categories! She intentionally chose to make herself NOT fit clearly into the male or female category and she was rewarded with a winning medal? It was her choice to take those hormones. I don’t understand how reasonable adults can’t step in and explain to this child that she won’t be able to wrestle while she is taking testosterone.
After taking them, it probably isn’t wise in her case either. She will never actually be a boy and therefore wrestling as a boy could be dangerous for her. How can this child be considered capable of “changing her sex” and not be able to understand cheating? We make choices and have to deal with the consequences of the decisions we make. Which is it? High school wrestling or testosterone? Which is most important to her? Why should every other wrestler have to give up their dream for one wrestler that clearly had an unfair advantage? Since when do a bunch of adults reward a child for cheating? Makes no sense.
Image: Screen Grab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytS0xqnSR9Y