Did you know that it wasn’t until 1967 that women were allowed to run in the Boston Marathon? When a woman entered the race fifty years ago, and obscured her identity, they tried to grab her, take her off the course — it was quite something.
But for fifty years, women’s sport has grown: Women’s leagues, women's sport in Olympics, girls teams in schools. Great girl athletes are allowed to play with the boys — and nobody cares, if the girls’ good enough.
You might think I’m rambling, but I’m not. I’m being sentimental, I’m remembering that things don’t last forever.
Women are under attack most acutely by forces of medieval-style sharia. But women are under attack in North America too — by transgender men.
As in, men who say they want to be women, and want to be called women’s names, and to look like women.
It’s important not to be cruel to such people. A study at UCLA by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shows that about half of transgender people attempt to commit suicide; and that number actually goes up with young men who take hormones, or who have surgery to cut off their genitals. These people are deeply troubled; and indulging their demands — that were medically listed as mental illness until just a few years ago — doesn’t help them.
But how far does that go...? Here's a CBC story:
Transgender Canadian woman sets off debate after winning cycling world championship
Critics accuse Dr. Rachel McKinnon of cheating after taking gold in women's competition
McKinnon is still biologically male. His DNA is male. He can cut body parts off; he can take hormones; he can rename himself; he can convince the world to call him Rachel. But he is still biologically male. I'm sorry, that’s just a fact; that’s just science, it’s not being mean.
McKinnon is winning sports competitions. He couldn’t compete against other men. But he can beat the girls, can’t he? But look at the CBC. Just thrilled:
In an article in USA Today in January, McKinnon argued her competing is not a question of athletic advantage, but one of human rights. Dr. Rachel McKinnon: "We have to promote inclusive sport”
Can you believe that? A man has a human right to say he’s a woman, and to compete against actual women. Because that’s “inclusive”.
No it isn’t. It’s colonization. Because it’s going to drive out every single woman from sports.
Not everything is a “rights issue”. Not everything is political. Not everything is about you, you, you. Not everything is a public therapy for you, not everyone has to play a role in your simulation. The girls that you crushed in sports aren’t part of your project — they’re part of their own project, competitive sports for girls.
This is just plain cheating. But no-one has the courage to say the emperor has no clothes — because you’ll be called a bigot.
You tell me:
Am I being mean? Am I being a bully? Or is “Rachel” McKinnon?
It’s back to the days of girls being run out of the Boston Marathon, because they’re girls...
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