The cult of diversity isn’t happy about the latest decision from Powerlifting USA (USAPL) to ban “trans women” from its competitions.
According to a statement from the organization, men who have transitioned, or are transitioning into women can no longer compete in powerlifting competitions for women. This decision comes right after JayCee Cooper, a transitioned powerlifter, won a Minnesota competition in a women’s division and set a new state record.
The USAPL explained their decision in the statement, noting that men and women are — get this — different:
The first has to do with the use of testosterone or other androgens, commonly used to assist in transition from female to male. By virtue of the anabolic nature of these compounds, they are not allowed, nor is a Therapeutic Use Exemption granted for such use for anyone. This applies to any and all medical conditions which might be treated through use of androgens.
The second area involves the participation of male to female competitors. Through analysis the impact of maturation in the presence naturally occurring androgens as the level necessary for male development, significant advantages are had, including but not limited to increased body and muscle mass, bone density, bone structure, and connective tissue. These advantages are not eliminated by reduction of serum androgens such as testosterone yielding a potential advantage in strength sports such as powerlifting.
This is, both medically and logically, a solid move by the organization to keep the playing field fair for all participants. As you can imagine, however, the salt is already flowing from the social justice community.
“The USAPL isn’t exactly working on modern science to base their policies as much as they are on age old opinions, stereotypes and myths,” wrote the Compete Network’s Dirk Smith in an article about the ban.
The “bone density” red herring has been thrown out there for years, at least since MMA fighter Fallon Fox appeared on the scene,” wrote Cyd Zeigler of SBNation. “The bone density of black women is, on average, significantly higher than that of white women. In fact, some studies have shown the bone strength of black women to be higher than that of white men.
“Yet we don’t see any great rush to divide lifting categories by race, proving this bone-density argument to be nothing but a canard designed to specifically target trans athletes,” Zeigler continued.
All talk of the decision by USAPL has been taken off of the heavily leftist r/news subreddit, according to some Reddit users, with some users even receiving a ban for agreeing with the decision.
“Lol they nuked this off r/news and banned a ton of people for transphobia, myself included, for stating the fact that they’re not biologically female,” stated user “SmellyDogFur,” who added that the post had more than 24,000 upvotes before it was taken down.
While the social justice community isn’t at all pleased, Twitter has voiced its opinion and finds itself in agreement with the USAPL.
The human skeleton is sexually dimorphic. Male advantage is built-in. Nothing can change this: not surgery, not hormones, not magical thinking.
— God Zilla (@TrumpsterTrash) February 4, 2019
Common sense is slowly returning to sport as USA Powerlifting bans all trans women from competing as women https://t.co/nWw5Uq7PLj
— Hale Burro (@HaleBurro) February 4, 2019
— Lucy (@viped) February 4, 2019
About damn time!..USA Powerlifting bans all trans women from competing as women https://t.co/5YBFdQL4mn
— Jim (@jhl47little) February 4, 2019
At last, a sane trans-related ruling in sports, here from USA Powerlifting: "Male-to-female transgenders are not allowed to compete as females in our static strength sports as it is a direct competitive advantage." This is not transphobic. This is common sense.
— Dr. Michael L. Brown (@DrMichaelLBrown) February 4, 2019