The notion of men identifying as women, and vice versa, puzzles many people. Most can’t appreciate why someone would insist on defying their biological sex. No one deserves condemnation for their beliefs, but that doesn’t mean we must blindly condone such thinking.
In fact, while afraid to come right out and say it, many believe such lifestyles are the result of some strange emotional imbalance. Nevertheless, one thing that is truly imbalanced is the idea that a biological man, competing athletically against women is balanced. It’s not.
The same biology that they say doesn’t work for them in their biological bodies gives them an advantage physically. To think that someone who was born a man doesn’t usually have an inherent physical edge over a woman is rather naive.
Since a University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer dove into the limelight, the debate about biological men in women’s sports has raged. Ideologues contend this is somehow critical to becoming an all-inclusive society. It’s not.
It’s about someone who has the biological strength of a man gaining a competitive edge over a woman. Across multiple surveys, most Americans oppose transgender athletes in women’s sports. To common sense Americans, the theory makes total sense.
Finally, a sports governing body that is entrusted with writing the rules agrees. The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the world’s governing body for water sports. Resisting the push for an all-inclusive gender inclusion policy, FINA wrote a biologically logical rule.
FINA President Husain Al-Musallam issued the following statement. Al-Musallam said, “We have to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also have to protect competitive fairness at our events, especially the women’s category at FINA competitions.”
FINA’s new policy establishes an “open” category. The open category for international elite swimming competitions will allow all transgender athletes, male or female, transitions. The new rule established a definitive guideline for determining the status of transgender women.
The guidelines state, “Male puberty suppressed beginning at Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later, and they have since continuously maintained their testosterone levels in serum (or plasma) below 2.5 nmol/L.”
This change in rules would prohibit swimmers like Penn’s Lia Thomas from competing in elite swimming events against women. While not yet entrenched as part of the competitive rules in organizations such as the NCAA, it needs to be.
The new rule could rightfully stop transgender male swimmers like Thomas from pushing deserving women off the U.S. Olympic team. Thomas says she will keep swimming, hoping to compete for an Olympic team spot
This change by FINA could and should prevent that from happening. Clearly, Lia Thomas and other transgender men have a huge competitive advantage over women. Allowing them to use this advantage is a slap in the face for women’s sports.
Most are still wondering where the radical “women’s rights” activists are during these contentious debates. Allowing gender-transitioning men to compete against women, flies in the face of gender equality. Of course, Athlete Ally was disappointed in the new guidelines.
Athlete Ally is a pro-LGBT group. The group called the rule “discriminatory, harmful, unscientific, and not in line with the 2021 IOC principles.” Anyone who understands the biological advantage men have over women clearly sees why this is a terrible argument.
What about the women that are discriminated against because they can’t compete? Doesn’t this harm gender equality in sports? Thinking a biological male doesn’t have a competitive advantage over a woman is about as unscientific as it gets. Thankfully, FINA’s new rule follows the science.