Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Two boys won the Connecticut state track meet. The Girls track meet. It’s “controversial.” It shouldn’t be.
A human being having two X chromosomes is biologically Female, while a human having one each X and Y is biologically Male. This is Sex, it’s science, it’s universally agreed to be true.
Over the last 5,000 years, human civilizations developed acceptable roles for members of the sexes. Women raised children, men hunted and fought. These were Gender Roles. Until very recently, these were universally agreed to be sensible and appropriate.
The biological difference in chromosomes results in physical differences in reproductive organs, musculature, and hormones, Male and Female sexes. Then societal difference results in differences in behavior, Masculine and Feminine. Sex led to Gender but they are not identical and not interchangeable. An individual biologically Female human may reject playing with dolls (training to raise children) preferring to roughhouse with boys (training for war) but being a Tomboy doesn’t change her from being a Girl.
All human attributes are distributed on a bell-shaped curve so yes, some women are stronger than some men; but at the competitive end of the curve, women simply cannot physically compete against men.
And everybody knows it. That’s why there are two leagues, Men’s and Women’s. That’s why Anika Sorenstam competing in the PGA was a publicity stunt. That’s why John McEnroe was entirely correct to say Serena Williams is a great women’s tennis player but wouldn’t stand a chance against the top men’s tennis players. She wouldn’t. You can see the difference for yourself – watch Boy’s state championships in any sport, then watch the Girls’ championships in the same sport. Boy champions are always stronger and faster than Girl champions.
Boys claiming to be pre-operative transgender Girls have been winning athletic contests in the Girls division for the last few years, in Alaska in 2016, in Connecticut last year, and two of them came in first and second in Connecticut this year. They are defended by LGBTQ activists who point out transgender people have hard lives because of societal expectations on dress, behavior and even bathroom use. Maybe so, but that doesn’t address the biological advantage of being born Male but competing against Females. Defending against Biology using the defense of Societal Role is bait-and-switch. People who refuse to acknowledge biology are science deniers.
If biological differences justify having two different leagues, then gender preference is irrelevant and those boys should go back to being losers in the Boys’ State meet. Otherwise, if we let them compete against Girls, then there are no Girls’ sports anymore, there are only Boys’ sports – some won by boys who admit it, and some won by boys who pretend not to be.
I look for the quality of WNBA basketball to improve a lot in about a decade…