In almost every sporting competition throughout all of human history, men and women have competed separately. (For any leftists reading this, please look up the word "almost" before you send a frothing email about Billie Jean King.) As the premier, most prestigious, most widely recognized exhibition of competition and athletic excellence, the Olympics, too, have followed suit and divided up most sports into male and female. There is a reason for that. (For any leftists reading this, please do not continue until you take heart medication, anti-fainting tonic, or apply butthurt cream, because this will definitely shock and alarm you.)
Men. And. Women. Are. Different.
I hope you are all OK. I know that was hard to read. But as it turns out, this is actually a true thing. Our traits are different. Our bodies are different. Even our brains are different. Nevertheless, the very latest thing in Tolerance™ is pretending that you can just ignore all that and call yourself whatever you want. This includes using whatever bathroom you feel like any time you want, being referred to by any pronoun you want, and now, insanely, it includes the Olympics.
The Olympic Committee has a new policy, and in short, it allows men to compete as woman (and vice versa). Here's the relevant portion of the reasoning:
To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.
It means what you think it means: THE TOTAL RUINATION OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL.
This is being heralded, of course, as some huge leap forward for mankind, because the only thing that really matters to the American left is feeling like they're heroes to some class of citizen, even at the expense of another. In this case, the transgender community at the expense of female athletes.
Joanna Harper, chief medical physicist, radiation oncology, Providence Portland Medical Center, was one of the people at that meeting. She also happens to be trans, and she said her voice in the room was important in determining these guidelines.
"The new IOC transgender guidelines fix almost all of the deficiencies with the old rules," Harper said via email late Thursday night. "Hopefully, organizations such as the ITA will quickly adapt to the new IOC guidelines and all of the outdated trans policies will get replaced soon."
The Olympic committee states among their reasons that there is a growing imperative around the world and, therefore, in sports, for "autonomy of gender identity." But do not think this means that nobody is aware of the differences in gender. Here is how the policy actually works out:
1. Those who transition from female to male are eligible to compete in the male category without restriction.
2. Those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category under the following conditions:
2.1. The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.
2.2. The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women's competition).
Notice that there are STILL DIFFERENT RULES FOR MEN AND WOMEN. Why, I wonder why that would be?
Women can compete in men's sports without restriction. That's because in most of those sports they are inherently, biologically disadvantaged. This is simply a medical, biological, physical fact.
But for men to compete as women, they have to super duper promise and cross their hearts that they won't change their mind a week later and compete as male for four years. They don't have to live as a woman, they just have to promise not to compete in sports as a man for four years. Pinky swears.
The other requirement for men is that they reduce their testosterone before the Olympics will use the preferred pronoun. So he does't count as a she until he meets a hormone level requirement. To compete as a woman, he has to take a drug that alters his physical state in a way that impacts his performance. It may not be "enhancing" but it is most definitely performance-affecting.
But let's be honest, if that is even a thing society does anymore. Dropping testosterone levels does not eliminate the male advantage. Bigger. Faster. More upper body strength. Taller. More lower body strength. Greater ability to build muscle mass. The list goes on. This is not intolerant. It is not biased. It is just so.
But who needs science? Let me correct that, who needs real science? It's intolerant. The new science of men and women, the new science of sport ... hell the new science of genitals, is well, exactly that. Junk science.