Over the last decade or so, Hollywood has gone full Fantasy where it concerns women’s physical strength. On the silver screen, chicks routinely carry, punch, run, kick, climb, and jump with the exact same — or superior — power compared to dudes.
It’s become common to see a hundred-pound actress rare back with her Kermit the Frog arm and sock a 200-pound alpha male, sending him flying across the room.
In the real world, the guy — many times part of a security goon squad — would’ve been maybe mildly annoyed.
“Why’d you try to hit me, Maria?”
Has Tinseltown’s newfound equal-strength approach affected the progressive-minded’s attitude toward woke athletics? Do people no longer realize the extreme difference between XX and XY muscle?
Reality keeps rearing its ugly head in sports, as a liberal position eliminates women from competition like Dolly Parton crashing a Men’s Largest Chest championship.
Case in point: Mary Gregory.
On Sunday, Mary — who’s a man — shattered four women’s division powerlifting world records.
Due to his dominance in girls’ deadlift, squat, and bench press, he set a Masters total record.
Extremely stoked, he posted to Instagram:
“What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record!”
He was really psyched that everyone treated him like any other girl:
“A huge thank you to [RAW Powerlifting Federation], from the bottom of my heart! As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone – all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you! And thanks to all the fans in the audience who cheered me on and congratulated me!”
Among his hashtags in the post: #MoreFemaleStrength.
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What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record! Still processing, full meet recap to come a bit later but I do want to thank a few people!💜 – From our initial consultation I told @savvysavit that I wanted to cut to the 82.5kg class, go 9 for 9, and set some records- we did it!!! I don't think she was happy with me cutting but she was there offering her support. When I needed a pick me up or advice she was there! Thank you coach!💜 – A huge thank you to @raw_powerlifting_federation_ , from the bottom of my heart! As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone- all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you! And thanks to all the fans in the audience who cheered me on and congratulated me!💜 – Thank @rrrrachele for making the trip out to support me today, video my lifts, and cheer me on!💜 – And thank you to all the peeps on Instagram who reached out to offer your support!💜 – Now for 🍷 and 🍕!!! – #transgenderwoman#sharetheplatform#transrightsarehumanrights#lgbtq#bemoreawesome#upliftandliftheavy#morefemalestrength#richmondbalance#liftlunchlearnrva#squat#bench#deadlift
Not everybody’s excited (just see the Instagram comments). One celebrity critic of men swooping down and besting female jocks at being a female jock is lesbian tennis star Martina Navratilova.
She made it clear in a February op-ed for The Times of London:
“It’s insane and it’s cheating.”
At least where the cheating part’s concerned, Olympic medalist Sharron Davies concurs:
I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender. However I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) March 1, 2019
Hence, she’s not a fan of Mary’s records:
This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete.. it’s a pointless unfair playing field. https://t.co/sI9i3AFANB
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 28, 2019
No surgery required today .. no hormones… no medical diagnosis.. just self ID & reduced testosterone to a level x5 the highest average (98%) of XX females.. far worse than most realise. Madness & unfair
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 29, 2019
It seems to me that this isn’t about gay or identity issues. Men are stronger, faster, bigger. In any competition where at least one of those variables determines success, men competing against women becomes a performance art ode to goofiness.
An ode that’s odious.
And for all the girls who trained their hearts out to get to the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation’s meet — only to be beaten by someone with the balls to unfairly compete — the new woke rule of engagement just stinks.
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Yay, it's Friday!!! I didn't pass out today!!! And I misloaded the bar, lol. – Was actually very anxious going into these pulls. Despite my attempts to blow it off passing out at 55lbs below your PR pull is NOT cool! I actually released my valsava at the top today and viola, no passing out! Took a quick breath and reset as tight as could for the trip down. Will have to work on this next training block, imo releasing tension/ valsava mid rep isn't not optimal but it worked! – The cherry on top is I meant to load 177.5kg and actually loaded 182ish! My confidence really needed this today! @savvysavit @richmondbalance804 #transrightsarehumanrights🌈#sharetheplatform#powerliftingwomen#sumoischeating#exodusstrength#upliftandliftheavy
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