The presence of transgender athletes creates an opportunity for marginalizing transgender persons in general.
Two Defenders of the Faith (and many others) have seized on the issue to promote their bigotry.
Apparently a collegiate competitive swimmer, a transgender female has been quite successful in NCAA competition. The National Collegiate Athletic Association has recommended a trans-inclusive policy for more than ten years. This is the first controversy that I am aware of.
There is, it seems, a legitimate discussion of whether the athlete has an unfair advantage. I am not qualified to opine on the science. Moreover, I do not have all of the facts. This is further complicated by how individual colleges and universities implement the NCAA recommendations which include at least one year of testosterone suppression.
Furthermore an individual who transitions subsequent to puberty is possibly more likely to develop male physical assets than a prepubescent transitioner who is on puberty blockers. I am not a scientist. I just know that there are many possible variables.
Furthermore, being successful in competitions does not mean that an athlete has an unfair advantage. Physical gifts are not necessarily the result of chromosomes.
Mr. Perkins relies on anonymous instigators or validators. These are often supposedly “shocked parents.” Perkins also relies on anonymous “reporters” who receive information from anonymous “parents.”
“[Rather than anything to do with athletics], Perkins is dedicated to criticizing individuals whose sexuality he disapproves of. Perkins’ goal is to marginalize transgender persons.”
Mr. Perkins (and many others in his orbit) offers an example of what is not a legitimate concern:
For parents in the stands of last weekend’s Ivy League swim meet, there was only one way to describe it: “messed up.” In the 48 hours since Saturday’s head-to-head match-up of two “transitioning” athletes (one male-to-female, another female-to-male), most of the sports world is still rattled. Moms and dads who were there to witness it say they still can’t shake the image of one of the swimmers, Yale’s Iszac Henig, pulling down the top of her suit to reveal the scars from a recent mastectomy. “I wasn’t prepared for that,” one shaken University of Pennsylvania parent told a reporter. “I can’t wrap my head around this.”
And they aren’t the only ones. Everywhere, news outlets were still trying to process the fallout of a biological boy on female hormones, University of Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas, beating out biological girls at the beginning of the season — smashing program, pool, and meet records.
Perkins fails to question whether the NCAA’s recommendations are reasonable. Nor does he know Yale’s or Penn’s policies. In fact, the Ivy League might have a superseding policy that Perkins is unaware of. In contrast Perkins is dedicated to criticizing individuals whose sexuality he disapproves of. Perkins’ goal is to marginalize transgender persons in defense of religious doctrine. That is typical of what hate group leaders do.
Over at another hate group, International Organization for the Family, Damian Goddard offers: “Trans” athletes continue to dominate women in the NCAA swimming pool.
I have no idea why the word “trans” in Goddard’s headline is within quotes. Moreover, there is no such thing as an “NCAA swimming pool.” The correct term might have been “NCAA competition.”
Goddard, by the way, is “famous” for being terminated from Rogers Sportsnet after airing his religiously bigoted opinions about marriage equality in a series of tweets. Sportsnet pointed out that Goddard was a freelance contractor and that their decision was based on a number of factors — not just the idiotic tweets in support of Catholic teachings.
“I know what I do not know. Mr. Goddard doesn’t seem to care about his shortcomings when it comes to intellectual curiosity.”
Damian Goddard also relies on anonymous validators:
Iszac Henig, transitioning from female to male, destroyed the female competition over the weekend. And that includes biological male Lia Thomas. Said a stunned parent, “everything is messed up. I can’t wrap my head around this. The NCAA needs to do something”.
Everything you need to know about Mr. Goddard is expressed in his insistence on misgendering persons he disapproves of due to religious doctrine:
In November, biological male Lia Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania made headlines when he broke both the school and Ivy-League women’s swimming records in the 200-meter freestyle and 500-meter freestyle races.
Thomas took a backseat to Iszac Henig; a biological female who has undergone male hormone treatments, and yet is still permitted to swim on the women’s team at Yale University. But it was her obnoxious celebration following her victory which stupefied spectators.
Damian Goddard clearly has a religious objection to the existence of transgender persons. He is framing his doctrinal rejection as concern for fairness in athletic competition. In doing so, Goddard is intellectually dishonest.
“Mr. Perkins and Mr. Goddard are not interested in evidence. They are accustomed to taking things on faith.”
I know what I do not know. Mr. Goddard doesn’t seem to care about his shortcomings when it comes to intellectual curiosity.
Given that both a trans female and a trans male were successful, is it possible that they simply trained harder because of their status as transgender? Both are Ivy League students. Is it conceivable that they did substantial research into the form and mechanics of swimming according to physiologists? I don’t know the answer to either question and neither does Goddard.
At risk of repeating myself, a legitimate discussion regarding athletic fairness would be free of transphobic rhetoric. Religious dogma disapproving of transgender people has no relevance to NCAA guidelines.
If people who do know a thing or two about biology and physiology think that these guidelines should be modified, their position will be based solely on evidence. Mr. Perkins and Mr. Goddard are not interested in evidence. They are accustomed to taking things on faith.