March 04, 2017

Trans-Advantage: Remember when “chemically-enhanced” athletes were called cheaters?

David MenziesMission Specialist

In 1988, Ben Johnson was Canada’s golden boy when he became the fastest man in the world. Then, Ben failed a urine test and it was determined that he was taking steroids in order to give himself an unfair advantage. 

That Olympic gold medal was revoked, as were all his commercial endorsements. He was cheating.

Speaking of cheaters, watch is I relate the tale of 17-year-old Mack Beggs, currently transitioning from female to male yet still wrestling in the girls division.

Mack is receiving testosterone treatments. If the other female wrestlers he competes against were caught taking testosterone treatments to increase their strength, that would be deemed cheating and they’d be disqualified – much like Ben Johnson was for taking steroids.

But because Mack is transitioning, she doesn’t have to follow the rules, so last week Mack won the Class 6A girls’ state championship in Texas high school wrestling to a chorus of well-deserved boos.

And now, Mack’s playing the victim card.

With sporting associations too terrified to challenge Franken-females and he-shes, and feminists going AWOL on the issue, we’re going to continue to see real women thrown under the transgender bus.

Regardless of your position on “trans rights”, does anyone really think this is fair? This isn’t “trans-phobia”. It’s Biology 101!

There’s a reason men and women compete in separate divisions. It’s about maintaining a level playing field so is it time to add a third division to the mix, namely, the Trans Division?

Maybe some will endure hurt feelings but at least a Trans Division will bring about a measure of fairness – something that’s clearly lacking now.

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commented 2017-03-06 15:36:01 -0500
Joe Boudreault sorry about being long winded , but i would not pay a cent to go to a pro sport or watch it on pay per view either. They can all go get bent.
commented 2017-03-06 15:33:27 -0500
Joe Boudreault i am in no way arguing for pro sports or the olympics , i agree they are corrupted. I get where you are coming from , i just consider it cheating , especially in the case of this wrestling result.
Also i think boxing is a sport, i study Muay Thai and it is very much a sport. Ali got that way from the rope a dope fight against Foreman , he won , but at a high cost later. There are Muay Thai fighters in Thailand who have records of over 300 fights and that includes kicking and elbowing and they do not show the effects like Ali. There must be more to it.
commented 2017-03-06 15:26:32 -0500
Joe Boudreault i have seen roid rage in front of me, and there is lots of evidence, it is just not something that can’t be proven outright as it needs to be established at the moment, and there is much evidence that high test rates cause rage. Chris was decent person when i met him more than a few times. And it does not have to be murder to be rage, there are pro athletes who used the stuff actin out in rage.
And aren’t you making an assumption by saying he would have done that regardless of taking roids?
commented 2017-03-06 12:25:11 -0500
You are still losing the argument, Drew Wakariuk.

There is, for example, no evidence whatsoever that Chris Benoit committed murder/suicide as a result of his drug use. There is no pattern or reason to say the same for other pro athletes. Benoit was going to do what he did no matter what drugs he enhanced himself with or not. That’s quite a stretch of ‘reasoning’ you make there. You make a straw-man argument talking like this. If what you believe were true, then we would have mass murders over the years by pro athletes who DID use banned substances.

Consider this:
A report from the IOC said this: “for the 25th anniversary of the (Johnson) race, revealed 20 athletes tested positive for drugs but were cleared by the IOC at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and an IOC official told the CBC that endocrine profiles done at those games indicated that 80 percent of the track and field athletes tested showed evidence of long-term steroid use, although few were banned or had their medals stripped.

Pro athletes claim many ‘legal’ products ENHANCE their performances, Drew, such as calcium, carbohydrate powders and gels, glucosamine and chondroitin, intramuscular iron, intramuscular vitamin B12, liquid meal replacements, melatonin, recovery formulas, sports energy bars, skim milk powder, sports drinks, specific vitamins and minerals… the list goes on. These are not taken as plain food. So why the outcry against other PEDs?

Your argument falls into that category of the gun-control lobbyists, who preach “guns kill, so let’s ban guns”, while remaining silent on the fact that cars kill a lot of people but no calls to ban cars. Think about it: the ’fastest car in the world (at the great salt lake flats in Utah years ago) was using rockets, so it was no longer a car. Yet, Ben Johnson was and still is a male athlete, who did not physically harm anyone.

And getting back to Ben Johnson, he still leads a decent life, including with his daughter and granddaughter, and as a coach and trainer. Lance Armstrong is the world’s greatest cyclist but I don’t remember him committing violent crimes, let alone any crimes. On the other hand, the world of pro sports hailed Muhammad Ali as a great sportsman, in spite of the fact that boxing is not a sport – it is barbarism disguised as entertainment. You don’t see pro boxing banned even tho it damages the brains etc of its proponents. The arguments against PEDs are fallacious, to say the least, and hypocritical to say the most. One final example from Real Life: If I were a combat soldier, I would want other soldiers to ‘play fair’ and identify themselves as combatants, not as suicide bombers. And I would want my weapons to be better. Or is my bigger gun unfair to my enemy’s smaller gun? Why should friendly games be any different, especially when they are not out to kill?

Now, with the entire field of pro sports (including the Olympics and other venues) being completely corrupted, I suppose the next move will be to actually allow men to pose as women in pro sports and heaven forbid anyone who disagrees. Pro sports have pretty much lost all their credibility when they paint an uneven playing field and call PEDs unfair but say that gender-crossing is okay. Don’t you even see the controversy there, as Dave Menzies is pointing out here?
commented 2017-03-06 11:18:10 -0500
Scott Harrison: there is some irony in your use of the phrase “What he did was awesome, and took balls…” Perhaps that was the issue here.
commented 2017-03-06 03:30:41 -0500
Joe Boudreault you remember a wrestler name Chris Benoit , i used to watch him in Stampede in the early part of his career , later on he was in the WWF and he killed his family, what do you think caused that? They lost their lives because of the crap he took.
commented 2017-03-06 03:28:47 -0500
Joe Boudreault i am not losing the argument and what do you mean by professional drugs, and when i mean fairly i mean not taking any drugs.
And other athletes having to take harmful substances to have a chance means it will harm them. Pretty simple.
And maybe you need to look at that list, the ones allowed do not give you a performance boost.
commented 2017-03-06 02:55:41 -0500
I would join in with the booing.
commented 2017-03-05 23:44:48 -0500
Fine. Let her wrestle against men, then. If someone is taking male hormones or has them naturally from birth, he/she needs to compete against men.
commented 2017-03-05 20:36:46 -0500
commented 2017-03-05 11:03:06 -0500
do the sjw even see how stupid this is. Whats next women with beards competing against real women you know women born a woman, imagine that. This is beyond stupid
commented 2017-03-05 10:55:11 -0500
Are there any trans people who participate in sports of both sexes? You know like a switch hitter?
commented 2017-03-05 10:45:49 -0500
Drew, you’re going to lose this PED (performance enhancing drugs) argument before you go much farther. I have a lot of ammunition for this one.

First: define “fairly” as it applies to professional drugs…
Second: define “harm” as it applies to other athletes…
Third: look at the very long list of drugs allowed and not allowed in pro sports and tell me where you don’t see controversy…

Ben Johnson was 1. a MAN 2. an excellent athlete 3. robbed of his justly due reward by hypocritical PC police…in an Olympic venue that itself is full of hypocrisy.
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commented 2017-03-05 03:07:38 -0500
Except you’re wrong. It’s not called cheating, it’s called activism. You neglected to mention he wanted to wrestle in the male division but since transphobic organizers denied him, he showed how absurd it is to have a male wrestling a female because of the obvious testosterone advantage. He actually made the same point you’re making, except without the bigotry, and brilliantly rubbed the tournamnet organizers nose in their transphobic filth. What he did was awesome, and took balls, he stood up for his rights against discrimination. Sadly you didn’t research the story, and posted falsehoods and reactionary garbage. What intellectual dishonesty and sloppy, uhh, well great propagana and fake news I guess, but if you’re going for journalism, I think you should take a long hard look at your life.
commented 2017-03-04 22:26:40 -0500
How does this makes sense to progressives or anyone for that matter. This is “the needs of the few or the one outweigh the needs of the many.” They force everyone to be apart of denying reality and to make that person feel good about her personal decision to deny reality all the other women in the competition must suffer. Ridiculous they give one person special privileges and advantages at the expense of all the rests comfort, equality and enjoyment and they are just supposed to accept it or be labeled in front of the media as racist bigots.
commented 2017-03-04 20:45:04 -0500
So-called “transgendered” people are sick. They either need help or a kick in the head.
They are either mentally sick or very selfishly fucked up.
If you have a penis and testicles you are a male.
If you have a vagina you are a female.
It’s been that way since the creation of Men and Women.
So-called “transgendered” people are evil…… Communists, Nazis and Islamic Jihadists.
commented 2017-03-04 18:14:35 -0500
Has anybody invented a female friendly urinal yet? Probably a big market for something like that in this insane world.
commented 2017-03-04 17:50:30 -0500
Joe Boudreault are you serious? So others need to take things that harm them to be able to compete fairly?
commented 2017-03-04 17:39:48 -0500
The globalists want to keep real women from competing professionally, or ultimately, from even showing their faces publicly. This is just another attack on one of the two genders that God created!
commented 2017-03-04 17:07:37 -0500
In a word, insane! David has so much material to draw upon these ‘progressive’ days.
commented 2017-03-04 16:06:46 -0500
I agree Maurice, I really don’t see how western society can be reformed without a complete Roman-like collapse of civilization. Frankly this story is really about the bigger issue of rules (and laws) these days being selectively enforced, entirely based on political (progressive) motivations without any reference to facts or reason.
commented 2017-03-04 15:42:16 -0500
The whole world has gone completely bonkers. I’m glad I’m old enough that I probably won’t be around to witness its complete demise.
commented 2017-03-04 13:54:25 -0500
So Males can “declare” themselves female and then compete against females?
commented 2017-03-04 12:55:23 -0500
Dave, taking performance enhancing drugs to help an athlete is not cheating – it is ENHANCEMENT. Hint: when I take cold medicine and pep pills before I go hiking, and when I wear good boots, it’s not cheating, it’s enhancement. Ben Johnson should have been allowed to keep his gold medal. He earned it simply by enhancing his already great performance, and his drug use did not harm anyone else.