It’s striking how quickly the culture can change. Just a short time ago, surely few would’ve believed that a common viewpoint — that it would be unfair to let guys take away athletic victories from girls by allowing them to compete in women’s sports — would be labeled the result of an irrational fear.
Yet here we are: What was considered common sense and common goodness is now a symptom of mental illness.
“Transphobia” has gotten so much traction, in fact, that Brazil just criminalized it — it’s punishable by a half decade in prison. See my coverage of that turn of events here.
About 4,000 miles north — in Connecticut — one girl’s standing against the athletic co-mingling of the sexes, transphobia be darned.
High school track runner Selina Soule is speaking her mind…to the government.
Selina was recently sidelined by not one but two men who beat her: After finishing behind a group that included a couple dudes in the 55-meter dash, she was unable to compete in the New England regionals.
As I’ve pointed out previously, this is what the infiltration of men into women’s athletics does: It steals attention and opportunity and scholarships and careers from women who would otherwise find them. It robs them of bright futures that their wins and awards would otherwise have brought.
On Tucker Carlson Tonight Monday, Selina and her attorney — Christiana Holcomb of the Alliance Defending Freedom — voiced their opposition to that confiscation.
For Selina, the quest for justice has wrought blowback:
“I’ve gotten nothing but support from my teammates and from other athletes, but I have experienced some retaliation from school officials and coaches. … I’ve gotten some very difficult requests for me to complete in practice, and if I don’t fulfill these requests, then I can’t compete at all. And this never happened before. It only started after my parents met with the school principal.”
Tucker asked, “Is there any chance of [men’s intrusion] being undone?”
Christiana said Yes.
A Title IX complaint is being filed, asking the Department of Education “to step in, to investigate, and to restore a level playing field for Selina.”
“Title IX was designed to ensure that girls have a fair shake at athletics and are not denied the opportunity to participate at the highest levels of competition,” the lawyer explained.
Selina pointed out she isn’t the only girl on her team to fall victim to a dominating dude:
“We missed out on winning the state open championship because of the team that the transgender athlete was, won.”
To highlight the damage, Christiana offered a stunning stat:
“One of these male athletes now holds 10 records inside the state of Connecticut that were once held by 10 individual girls and were established over the course of about a 20-year period.”
“It’s grotesque and insane, and it hurts women and girls. And the very people who claim to be defending women and girls are abetting this and making it possible.”
It’s a potent reminder of just how political things can be — at the same time men are being criticized for keeping women down, men who are doing the same on the field are being praised. It’s the result of an altogether different kind of oppression: identity politics is on the track, and it’s beating the pants off the principle of fairness.
And when fairness loses…well, that flat-out stinks. Or maybe I’m just a stinkophobe.
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