World Athletics Bans Trans Women From Competing In Elite Women's Sports
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration and so-called "feminist" groups are lobbying to modify federal law to ensure that trans women, (biological males) can compete in women's sports.
It’s as if two trains are coming down the track in opposite directions.
The World Athletics Council, the international governing body for athletics, announced Thursday that male-to-female transgender athletes who have been through male puberty henceforth will be excluded from female World Rankings competitions.
“World Athletics has more than ten years of research and evidence of the physical advantages that these athletes bring to the female category,” said the Council in a statement.
There is now overwhelming scientific research that men enjoy a substantial competitive advantage over women in sports due to their innate biological characteristics (i.e., muscle mass and strength). The advantage is only minimally reduced when testosterone is suppressed.
The performance gap for men conferred by male puberty amounts to between 10% to 50% depending upon the sport.
It is patently unfair to female athletes to be forced to compete with men; this why the U.S. Congress in 1972 passed the landmark federal civil rights law, Title IX - to eliminate sex discrimination and ensure equal funding for women’s sports.
This week so-called feminist groups led by the Women’s Sports Foundation doubled down on their confounding push to amend Title IX to require schools and organizations that receive federal funds to permit trans athletes who are biological males to compete on female sports teams.
The Congressional Equality Caucus, Democratic Women’s Caucus, and National Women’s Law Center issued a press release condemning a proposed house bill to ban male-to female trans in women’s sports.
Fatima Goss Graves, the president and CEO of NWLC, is quoted as stating: “Prohibiting trans women and girls from playing sports is not only discrimination, it steers us further from Title IX’s promise.”
What steers women further from Title IX’s promise is exactly the opposite of what Graves described - opening women’s sports to men robs women of victories, championships, recognition, scholarships, etc.
It is sex discrimination to force female athletes to compete with stronger male athletes.
Imagine being April Hutchinson, a record-breaking Canadian powerlift who recently learned she must compete against biological males due to a decision by USA Powerlifting. Hutchinson has trained five nights per week for years.
A survey by a researcher at Princeton University found the “absolute total-body strength of women has been reported as being roughly 67% of that of men… In absolute terms men are much stronger than women.”
When Hutchinson appeared on Fox TV, she said: “We’re outraged. We’re angry. We’re hurt. We’re offended… A lot of women are silenced and feel silenced and that they have no voice, or they’re afraid to speak up in fear of maybe getting kicked out of the federation, to be called names for backlash.”
Will the United States continue the wrong way down the railroad tracks, insisting upon the fallacy that it is fair for males to compete in female athletics.
Men should compete on men’s teams or perhaps there should be a separate category for male-to-female trans athletes.