What you do with your own body shouldn't have to be anyone's business but your own. When you start competing in sports, you're making it everyone's business. That's unfair to others, but also to yourself.
By now you've heard the story of Mack Beggs – the high school wrestler who was born a female and competed against females to win the Texas state wrestling championship.
Beggs began transitioning to a male in 2015. ATTN reports that “The transition hormones are significant because some male hormones have the potential to enhance athletic performance.”
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Dr. Brandon Mines, assistant professor at Emory University's Department of Orthopedics, told CNN that “Testosterone and anabolic steroids are in the same family and have the effect of increasing muscle mass and strength gains.” He is allowed to take them and compete because they are considered a “valid medical purpose”.
This so-called 'valid' purpose as well as the fact he wasn't allowed to compete against boys, resulted in Beggs steamrolling the competition. How bad was it? He went 56-0.
The overwhelming dominance is disturbing. It's clear he doesn't belong competing against women. By contrast, MMA 'athlete' Fallon Fox, a male turned female martial artist, annihilated her female opponents.
Is it fair to females that they face off against a girl who is trying to become a man? Is it fair they compete against a woman using what essentially amount to performance enhancing drugs? It's clear that all Beggs wants to do is compete, and I respect that. It's good seeing kids be healthy and in shape, but at the what expense?
Is this really how you want to win? Competing against women when you're a man? Competing while male hormones give you an advantage? To prove what? To cause a big enough disruption so state rules will be changed?
Honestly, I don't even think Beggs should be competing against men either. If a woman tried to play hockey, how would men react? Not hit her? How is that fair? The same applies to wrestling or any sport with contact. It's opening a massive problem. No amount of drugs can change the fact you still grew up at a physical disadvantage or advantage. Which is why Fallon Fox is able to destroy her opponents.
It's only a matter of time until someone gets seriously hurt. Whether that person happens to be transgender or someone competing against them – when you modify your body, you can't expect the rules to change to accommodate you.
Unless a transgender's dream involves NASCAR or competitive gaming such as StarCraft (see Scarlet), sports are something that should be removed from the equation. Respecting people is fine and encouraged, but when 'respect' results in these results, it's no longer about 'respect'.
Unfortunately, any sort of compromise results in the integrity of the competition also being compromised.