No, those are reasonable people who understand the implications of allowing people who are biologically men to compete with women.
We need to evolve, but we also need to listen to why people are having hesitations and why these people from all different directions and parts of life are seemingly, confusingly to some, finding some common ground and really understand them. I do see myself identifying with SOME ideas that seem to get me labeled… Read more
Good point. I’m a bleeding heart liberal hippie, and I have no idea how on earth people think it’s OK for a male-to-female transgender woman to compete against other women in powerlifting. It’s absolutely absurd.
While that is generally true, it doesn’t really apply here. TERFs care about their issues, deeply. They are just trying to protect their space from co-opting impostors. This is not to say that all transgendered are impostors, but impostors have embedded themselves within their ranks.
My problem with the phrase “TERF” is that it has been applied so broadly and erroneously in the past few years that it has basically lost all meaning. When you call everyone who wore a pussy hat to their women’s march a TERF or dismiss anything focusing specifically on reproductive rights/menstruation/abortion TERF-y,… Read more
Wilks is a coefficient though and it has mathematical bias towards women and towards weight classes. If we are really going to use this to compare the strength of male vs female, using Wilks is a circular reference, it is the kind of argument the NCAA would make about amateurism.
Which would be a damn shame cause I love watching womens tennis.
To slightly counter that, that is an argument that has been made for allowing certain PEDs as well. Since the genetic differences are varied enough, there is an inherent imbalance when considering athletic advantages. So how is allowing a genetically freakish athlete to compete more acceptable than allowing someone to… Read more
Powerlifting’s a little funny in that they have actually enshrined two tracks for measuring ability in the sport. The first is the actual raw total. If you ask “which human can powerlift the most weight across the 3 lifts (squat, bench, deadlift)?” that’s going to be a man every time, probably forever. Read more
Great. Tell us again how women don’t exist.
Behold the evolution of an ideology, folks: in the above example ‘Transwomen are women’ has morphed into ‘women do not exist’. Beware those who peddle this kind of nonsense as though it were about trans-inclusion. It absolutely isn’t. They’re not interested in preserving the rights of a marginalized community. Their… Read more
If you don’t understand how the system that ranks men and women on a separate scale doesn’t completely undermine your entire argument, there isn’t much you do understand, let alone your sport.
I support transgender inclusion in sports but maaaybe we shouldn’t rely on a philosophy PhD to provide biology expertise. The article felt like it got lost in some pretty unscientific discussion of gender with McKinnon. We don’t have to pretend that Y chromosomes don’t have a major affect on the athletic performances… Read more
I have plenty of friends who rightfully and justifiably deride climate change deniers and anti-vaxers as wrongheaded for ignoring science, evidence and logic. These same people often have strong opinions on this topic that mirror Deadspin’s. The only thing I’ve learned from talking to them is that we’ll all abandon… Read more