The latest battle in the War on Women comes from California: a 6’8, 220 lb male Desert Storm veteran who is now playing women’s college basketball. His teammates are not opposed, but the other teams (and, perhaps, the sixth best player on his team, who no longer starts) are irate. (Hat tip: Stacy McCain, and really Stacy this time, not Smitty dressing up as Stacy. Or something.)
This is allowed to happen because Ludwig was born a man, grew to be 6’8 and 220 lbs, then had a sex change operation a few months ago.
Without getting too much into the math, let’s just point out the obvious: almost no woman can compete athletically against a man. Debbie Heald, featured in this month’s Runner’s World, set the women’s world record in the mile (and, IIRC, still has the high school record) in 4 minutes, 38 seconds. (The current women’s world record is 4:26.) Guys at my high school ran 4:30 miles on a semi-regular basis.
If you want to ruin women’s athletics, make us compete against men. Like Sarah Palin, I’m a Title IX girl and loved playing sports in high school, loved competing, and loved winning. (I also loved being part of a record-setting relay team, which would never have happened if men had been part of another relay team.) Athletic women understand that most of us can’t compete against reasonably strong men, and that none of us can compete against 6’8 Desert Storm veterans.
So, progressives: which is more important, women’s athletics or fighting ‘transphobia’? Because this ‘transsexual rights’ thing is a war on women if I’ve ever seen one.
Why not a sensible solution: unless you are unequivocally female, play on the men’s team? Hormones ridiculously out of whack? Men’s team. Have y-chromosomes in every cell in your body? Men’s team. Let us do our own thing and succeed as we are capable of succeeding – by competing against each other and not men.
Update: Evil Blogger Lady writes about a man, with intact genitals, who exposed himself to women in a sauna. How that is not some form of sexual harassment, indecent exposure, or sexual assault is beyond me.