by Matt Weik
There will be a lot of people who do not like this article, and I agree with that. I am neither one who is politically correct nor one who is afraid to express my opinion. You see, we can all have an opinion. And the great thing about opinions is that they can be shared if someone agrees or disagrees with them. And in the case of this article I will give my opinion on transgender athletics.
First of all, I would like to say: I do not care if you are a man who wants to be a woman or a woman who wants to be a man. To each his own. Hell, I do not care if you're not binary or you call yourself an alien-how you see yourself is how you see yourself, and who should say what you want or believe you are ?
However, I have the feeling that this whole transgender has turned in the athletics situation to the worst.
I Yam, what I Yam and Dats all, what I Yam – said Popeye
Regardless of what you (in your thoughts) regard as self, we were all born with certain (malicious) body parts that specified our gender. When you came out, the doctor said, "Congratulations, sir / madam (fill in the void), it's a (insert a boy or a girl)!" Either there was something hanging or not. You did not come out and the doctor said, "Congratulations, you have a non-binary baby!"
Well, without hurting people's feelings (I know people are over-sensitive these days), there are athletic leagues that divide athletes by gender to keep things fair (in their minds).
For example, if a female football team competes against a male football team, many strong women may experience serious injuries. It can be argued that (physically) men are the dominant sex. This would give them an unfair advantage in the example I just provided. Transgender in athletics, however, changes the dynamics. And I do not feel better.
Again, you have the right to identify yourself as what you want. However, a man posing as a woman can change the overall dynamics of athletics, whether it's a recreational athlete, a school athlete or a professional athlete.
We now see men who identify as women doing female sports. Men sign up for powerlifting competitions and clean the house. It can not even be reached remotely. We have guys who sign up for girl wrestling. And men dominate the course events of women. I think you can see where I'm going with it.
Is it really fair?
I'm not going to say that this happens all the time, but what happens when a man decides that he can never compete with men for a particular sport because he is not good enough and decides his dream to be really good To fulfill, he decides at a sport to call herself a wife? What will stop him? I mean, who will say that he can not, because nowadays everyone is so sensitive and does not want someone's feelings hurt or sent to their safe room.
I think it's bullshit. Why should women who work and train hard get men to come into their sport and gain an unfair advantage? If I was a boxer and Mayweather suddenly decided that he wanted to be a woman and box me to get my title, what then? It's unfair.
Before we surpass ourselves, I know that certain organizations have dismissed all this and said that they will not allow transgender athletes to create unfair benefits, and I respect that – and you should too. Just because someone wants to move to the opposite sex does not give them the right to change the rules of athletics. Again, you were born with certain body parts, and that's what mostly classifies you as a man or a woman – whether you like it or not.
Essentially we manipulate athletics
I think it would be naive to say that people would not take advantage of this situation. But how can you stop it? If a man wants to classify himself as a woman, how can we prove that they are not simply manipulating the situation and creating an unfair advantage by playing in women's sports?
This is not about a transphobia. It's about people who exploit a situation – possibly fame and fortune. What if Kobe Bryant decided to retire tomorrow, to be a woman and play in the WNBA? Or what if Rafa Nadal wakes up and decides that he really wants to identify himself as a woman and play tennis on the side of women? Do not we see anything wrong?
I do not think we have a true solution
I am not in favor of banning people because we believe that some could take advantage of a situation and be considered a fraud. It's almost like immigration. You can not think that all immigrants are bad, because some get away and murder innocent people. That's not fair. However, if you look at the genetics that separates men and women, how do you manage to create a level playing field? Do we even have an answer for that?
I found an NCAA policy for transgender student athletes. So it seems that organizations are actually taking a step to investigate this situation and show their attitude when it comes to athletics. I've also seen powerlifting organizations campaigning for athletics transgender people and said that no man can compete as a woman under their association or organization.
What are your thoughts? Is it fair or unfair, and in your opinion, what can be done to give legitimate transgender the opportunity to compete in athletics?