How Sport Exposes the Unworkable Logic of Transgender Policy

A story out of Cromwell High School in Connecticut is doing a good job illuminating an obvious but underrated impact of the left’s war on gender.

Sports.

The story features a high school freshman named Andraya Yearwood.  Andraya is a boy, but now identifies as a girl and recently competed in his first track meet with actual girls as a high school freshman.

Take a minute to watch the video and the challenges will become apparent. This boy is athletic (his dad was a college football player) and the slight mustache and muscle tone indicates that he’s developing more quickly than other boys his age.

Of course that wouldn’t be remarkable except for the fact that he’s now racing fifteen year-old girls.  And he’s doing really well.

According to the story, “at her first high school track meet, Andraya won the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes, and helped her 4×100-meter relay team take second place. She ran 11.99 seconds in the 100 and 26.34 in the 200.”

To provide some context, the fastest woman in college sports last year ran the 100 meter dash in 10.95 seconds.  The all-time women’s college record is 10.78 seconds.  The world record is 10.49 seconds.

In comparison, Izaiah Fields, from Curtis High School in Yakima, WA, has run the best boys high school time in the Washington State so far this year.  He ran it in 10.72.  While Izaiah is simply the fastest high schooler in Washington State this year, he is faster than any collegiate woman has ever been.

If we pretend Andraya is a girl, he is less than a second away from a collegiate national championship in his first high school track meet. You can count on him going down as the best female track athlete in Connecticut’s history, possibly by the end of his freshman year.

There’s no need to belabor the point about men generally being better athlete’s than women.

You’re alive.  You know this.

But we are now facing the prospect of a boy in Connecticut repeatedly taking the top of the podium over girls who know that second place is really first place.  Everyone will be thinking it, but the pressure not to say it will be enormous.  Most will politely applaud and some will comment about how beautiful the Emperor’s new clothes are.

This phenomenon isn’t happening just in high school sports, though.

Laurel Hubbard is excelling in women’s weightlifting in New Zealand after transition to being a woman in his thirties.  Fallon Fox, born Boyd Burton, is a man now fighting women in mixed martial arts and broke eye socket of an actual woman, Tamikka Brents, in one fight.

Defenders of the policies that allow men to compete with women attempt to mitigate the damage by establishing guidelines.

The NCAA, for example, requires men to undergo testosterone suppression treatment for one year before they are allowed to compete with women. There are no restrictions for women who wish to compete as men.

Curiously, the NCAA, which does year-round testing to ensure their athlete’s don’t take drugs, will now be testing some athletes to make sure that they do.

In theory, testosterone blockers make you more of a woman and neutralize the natural physical advantages men have.

But this begs an obvious question.

If your anatomy doesn’t make you male or female, why do hormones?

You just got done telling me that some men don’t have a penis but now you’re going to tell me all women have an estrogen level between 40-50 picograms per milliliter?

Please.

Either there’s a meaningful difference between men and women that exists independent of how someone is feeling or there isn’t.

The left’s attempt to turn a genuine psychological struggle into a civil rights movement is predicated on the belief that there is no tangible, discernible difference.

You don’t get to declare war on rules and then create a bunch of rules to deal with the mess you made by trying to get rid of all the rules.

But I understand why you want to.

On some level you understand that everything you’re saying is unworkable.

In your mind, there’s a very clear difference between a man pretending to be a woman and someone who is “authentically” transgender.  I understand what you mean and on some level I agree.

The problem, however, is that you can’t write what you mean.  In fact, you will oppose any attempt to define what it means to be “transgender” or “male” or “female”.

The nature of law and policy is to write clear standards that help people know what is and isn’t allowed.  But your entire objective is to eliminate standards and allow individuals to define reality subjectively inside their own minds and require everyone else to cooperate with their sense of reality.

If that’s the bed you want to make you’re going to have to lie in it.

The day is coming when a “trans female” (male) athlete is going to challenge the requirement that men take testosterone blockers for a year before they compete with women.  He might be sincere, or he might be punking the system.  But he will argue that in light of our new understanding of what gender is and isn’t, the idea that women have lower testosterone levels is arbitrary and misogynistic. “You’re telling me that women are inherently weaker?”

That day is coming because there is money involved.

Title IX requires an equivalent number of athletic scholarships opportunities for men and women.   If men can become women, a merely good high school boy can transform himself into an All-American female athletes with a flip of the gender switch.

And if you think there aren’t some enterprising young men out there trying to figure out how to pay for college, you haven’t tried to pay for college lately.

Go ahead, NCAA.

Make the legal argument for why you can be a man without having a penis or Y chromosome but you can’t be a woman without taking testosterone blockers.

We’re listening.

Bigots.

The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team recently ended an historically good run of 111 consecutive wins.  But the moment East Tennessee Valley State A&M University’s women’s basketball team rolls out a starting lineup that includes three Adam’s apples who averaged 18 points per game in high school but weren’t quite good enough for men’s Division 1, it’s game on.

Don’t think the rest of the world that happens to care about medal counts in the Olympics isn’t watching either.

China could make their B level male Olympians transition to women and North Korea actually would.

Kim Jong Un will just giggle as, medal after medal,  he hoists the west on their own petard.

Athletics is not the reason the gender revolutionaries picked this fight, but it could be the arena that exposes the irrational and unworkable nature of their position most quickly.

Lord knows its not the fault of kids like Andraya Yearwood.

For most parents, if their 15 year-old came to them and asked for a permission to see an R rated movie, there’s going to be a conversation.

If their fifteen year-old asks them for a tattoo, the answer is no.  “Wait, until your eighteen and then I can’t stop you.”

But if that same 15 year-old tells their parents they want to take a bunch of synthetic hormones in preparation for the mutilation of their reproductive organs, we’re just supposed to applaud.

I have no doubt that his parents love him deeply, but our willingness to abandon every parental instinct in exchange for progressive brownie tolerance points has to stop.

If we’re going to put our kids first, that means we should be willing to take a little heat on their behalf when the culture wants to make a statement out of them.  And shame on anyone who would tell a parent their only alternative to changing their child’s gender is suicide.

A super majority of kids who ever struggle with gender dysphoria ultimately outgrow it.  Despite the best of intentions, this rush to have children switch genders is probably more about the adults than the kids.

Unless the adults get their act together, our future will be devoid of athletic opportunities for actual females and full of chemically and surgically altered kids asking us through tears, “why did you let me do that?”


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18 replies
  1. Micah Rion
    Micah Rion says:

    Don’t want to forget to add this, too, so that it isn’t interpreted as a complete dismissal of the idea of what you were trying to convey…..competitive edge, right? So imagine we are all taking a test, it’s the same test and we all have the same amount of time to complete it and we all have the same tools to work with. Some people studied for the test, more than others, some studied not at all. Who is the persob that will get the best test score? It might be the person who studied the hardest, or the person who studied not at all. It might be the person who had a better way of studying. Or the smartest person in the room, regardless of study habits. There is always going to be disadvantages in a competition, no matter how many controls are in place. That is why it is a competition and that is why you should try to do your best. Perhaps the person who is most passionate about whatever subject the test is comprised of has the best scores. In any case, allowing transpeople the right to compete really isn’t much of a determinate factor in sports. I’m short and have taken testosterone to make me have male traits. A taller girl who is passionate about basketball and practices everyday is going to kick my butt.

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  2. Micah Rion
    Micah Rion says:

    Compassion and empathy cannot be preached in the very same sentence that then passes judgement by calling out ‘sin’, Clark Kent. It’s hypocritical. Some Christians like to redefine what they consider are aspects of ‘sin’ or God’s intentions to suit their own politics and perceptions, but it just isn’t so. Some transpeople will be sinners and some won’t be, but that is merely because we’re all human and humans have a propensity to sin. Additionally, it isn’t logical to proclaim that “we have to help our children see worth in who they are”, Annette Estep, if who they define themselves as is a transgendered person. Your statement and that common rhetoric I seem to read everywhere is devaluing that child or person’s individual sense of self. While I can’t decide one way or another if I agree with parents allowing their children to transition, I certainly do not judge them for it. I would hope that they have the best of intentions for their young and wish to assist them in finding happiness. For that, I applaud their tenacity as they most likely will need to learn to navigate the waters infested with so many sharks like the ones I am seeing here. And while I realize this reply will not be well received, my intention is to challenge you to think through what it is you are saying. What it is you are feeling. Humans in general seek to define things they can’t readily identify in the world. Mainly it is driven by fear, confusion, feeling vulnerable. As we seek to define those things we draw upon our immediate knowledge as tools. However, our knowledge is built upon a societal construct that’s major flaw is to “search and destroy” all undefined things. Instead of “learn and enrich.” There are many other species that naturally mimic or change genders at will like the spotted hyena and the clown anemonefish. So many more examples of non-binary sex characteristics in the animal kingdom. If you’d prefer to stick to our societal norm “boxes” that have limited our thinking, and ignore nature, then that’s your prerogative, of course. There are children in the Dominican Republic who are born essentially appearing like females and go on to grow male genitals at puberty Naturally. If these things do not prove to you that there is so much more that we’ve yet to learn, then you are completely fine with being inside your limiting box. As for the writer of this article, sports is a game whose rules were also constructed based on these limited ideas. While transgendered people seek to transition to be “at peace” with themselves, they are doing so in a society that is comprised of all the boundaries I have just spoke of. They simultaneously want to break the mold and are forced to live within the mold that we are entrenched in. Perhaps this will help with what you call an “irrational and unworkable nature.” It demands more, much more elaboration, but a lack of definition does not make the concept of Transgenderism less valid, it just proves it is harder or maybe more simple to define. Perhaps it becomes “irrational” only because it does not work with your type of thinking. While nature again show us that everything changes and evolves, it stupifies me that there aren’t more people out there going “maybe it’s not yet something we understand”, instead of dismissing it as a mental health issue, or a sin, or lunacy. But then again, I’m just a transman who gave birth to a son before my transition and still loves it when he calls me “Mom”, because that’s who I am to him. And why does it even have to make any sense anyways, when you come down to it?

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  3. Kristathera
    Kristathera says:

    For 1, you are absolutely not qualified to talk about any of these issues. For two, it doesn’t matter if it’s a trans man or a trans woman, you people have a problem with us winning any sport. Have a nice day.
    I love it when people that have no idea what transgender is like to do the whole what if I want to identify as an apple or or an Asian person. Of course a LGBT phobic sexist racist would make arguments like that. Gender identity is not something fixed in your biology. Gender identity is a social construct. Not a particular place on Earth we are genetic material evolved. If you had got your education decades ago, I’m going to have to ask you to keep your mouth shut. You are so far from being qualified to talk about any of this the fact that you people can is nauseating

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    • Conway
      Conway says:

      “You are absolutely not qualified to talk about…”

      Translation: “I can’t refute any of your points, so I’m just going to dismiss the person making them.” This young man is going to completely dominate in girls’ track and field, just like any above average male athlete would. That’s not sportsmanlike or fair. Your shrill dismissal of the author does not alter that plain, basic fact.

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  4. Tammy Rainey
    Tammy Rainey says:

    There’s a lot that can be said about this little essay. Like pointing out that the real argument here is to support trans kids before they go through the wrong puberty and this “issue” goes away entirely. But given that I recognize the audience here and the futility of trying to point out objective facts to people who worship tradition above all else, I’ll save myself the time of a point by point rebuttal.

    I’ will just leave you with one thought for personal reflection. Trans kids, when their identity isn’t accepted and respected, suffer a wide range of very negative outcomes up to and including repeated attempts on their own life. These kids suffer and DIE because people like you help create a world that shuns and shames them at every turn. But rather than have the compassion, empathy, and love that our Lord modeled for us – and most particularly he modeled it towards the outcasts whom the religious authorities had rejected – you folks are upset because on rare occasion, one of them might win a race.

    Real Christ-like mentality you got there.

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    • Miselaineous
      Miselaineous says:

      The studies show that those who identify as transgender, or non binary gender continue to sometimes succeed at taking their own lives whether or not they are accommodated. Other studies yell us that gender confused children usually ‘grow out of ” the confusion, and live happily as their biological gender. This demand that all of society go along with a delusion is not helping those with gender confusion.
      There is zero scientific basis for the claim that a person can be something other than their physical reality. White people can’t be Black because they identity as Black. I can’t choose my height or age. It is no different with gender. Those who have this mental illness need help.
      As for Christian love, speaking the truth is love.
      Those who believe a man can be a women, or vice versa are diminishing the value of men and women. There is so much more to being a man or woman that feeling like or dressing like one.

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      • Clark Kent
        Clark Kent says:

        Don’t hold your breath. Tammy does not ‘get’ that REAL compassion and empathy involves corrective action regarding sin. Some behaviors NEED to be ‘shunned and shamed.’ P.S. Christians worship God (not tradition) above all else.

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  5. esbee
    esbee says:

    and what will happen when a boy, who wants to become a girl, then wants to give birth and sues the world for not being able to get pregnant?

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  6. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Thank you for articulating the truth in such a straightforward fashion. And the wisdom threaded through out the article is soothing to the soul.

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  7. annette estep
    annette estep says:

    it is just wrong to mess with natural puberty. There is no telling what these kids would decide to do at the age of 18 or 21 if they are allowed to mature naturally. I do believe that the majority of them that are having issues with wondering “what or who” they are will end up being the gender they are when developing in utero. No matter what hormones they may take or surgeries they may have they will always be an XX or an XY and that is just a fact. I think it is tragic that parents would even consider altering the natural development of their children. You can be supportive with other therapies. I think that social media is creating kids that are doing this. “hey, I don’t feel good about myself” “Maybe you are like me, I think I am a girl even though I was born a boy”, “Maybe that is what is wrong” These conversations take place on a daily basis. We are not talking about children born with ambiguous genitalia. We have to help our children see worth in who they are, not in encouraging them to become someone else. Men playing women’s sports and vise versa is just wrong. A man will always be stronger and faster than a woman if otherwise equally matched.

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  8. mellie
    mellie says:

    “Gender dysphoria” is a mental illness; they need help! Major help! And no, a boy cannot “compete with girls” because HE IS NOT A GIRL!

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  9. Sheri Johnson
    Sheri Johnson says:

    Joseph- this is so full of truth! When you first began posing the question in your interviews with students about identifying as a female, my first thought went to minority scholarships!! What if I wish to identify as an Asian student rather than a Caucasian? Ridiculousness indeed!! So very sad!

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