Women’s rights triumph (sort of)

Far from feminist utopia, progressive politics backed by radical gender activism has created a generation of women too afraid to speak out.

In the world of competitive sports, women have been told to “step up” and “shut up” when it comes to biological men standing above them on the podium or stripping naked. in the locker room.

This violation of women’s rights began to change on Sunday, with the International Swimming Federation (FINA) confirming that transgender women (biological men) will not be allowed to compete unless they have completed their gender transformation before age 12 years old (puberty).

“We need to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also need to protect the fairness of competition at our events, especially the women’s category at FINA competitions,” said FINA President Husain. Al-Musallam, about the decision.

Al-Musallam promised to create a category open to various championships where transgender swimmers can compete for competitive scores and prizes. This will include the Swimming World Cup, Swimming World Championships and Aquatics World Championship.

“It’s such a difficult subject, nobody wants to be the first to say anything because you’re afraid of canceling the culture. It’s such a thing now, if you say the wrong thing you’re done,” said Emily Seebohm, an Australian champion swimmer.

Her comments echo the sentiments of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’ teammates, several of whom had to speak anonymously to the press in order to expose the pressure placed on them by the sports community to remain silent.

Cate Campbell, another Australian swimming champion, added: “And it pains me that this part of my role could hurt, infuriate and, potentially, alienate people from an already marginalized community. That men and women are physiologically different cannot be disputed. Women, who have fought long and hard to be included and seen as equals in sport, can only do so because of the distinction between gender categories. Removing this distinction would be to the detriment of female athletes around the world.

The ruling will end competitors like Lia Thomas running in women’s sports. As for the records set by a biological male, we are waiting to see if they will be removed in the interests of fairness.

Despite the cheers from the women’s sport and the general sigh of relief spreading through the wider community, it’s not – as advertised – a firm ‘no’ against the men.

Biological men — regardless of hormone treatments and surgery — always retain a physical advantage over women who were gifted to them at birth. Even if caught before puberty, they still exhibit larger physical characteristics, stronger bones, larger hearts and lungs, and a different muscle-to-fat ratio. All of this gives them an unfair advantage over women in competitive sport.

Although women are no longer required to compete with fully grown men, they still compete at a biological disadvantage compared to the remaining trans athletes.

FINA’s failure to issue a clear ‘no’ to transgender athletes leaves the window open for children under 12 to be forced into permanent transition in order to compete.

Most health professionals advise starting hormone therapy no earlier than age 16, although some allow it as early as age 14. If competitive sport calls for the transition to be completed (not started) at age 12, one must consider whether the adults in a child’s life can encourage them to speed up the transition process rather than letting children mature before plunging into life-changing decisions.

There are already stories of extremely young children being allowed to transition and the US Food and Drug Administration has approved puberty blockers for children when they start puberty – whether it’s at 11 or 12 years, that would be allowed.

Despite insistence by the trans community and doctors involved in gender affirmation procedures that puberty blockers are safe and reversible, there is growing evidence that they can cause permanent and harmful repercussions. . Apart from fears of worsening mental health conditions or creating early osteoporosis, the consequences of delaying (or preventing) puberty are largely unknown. Puberty is not just a physical process, it involves a great deal of mental development (which often cures feelings of gender dysphoria).

Hormonal balances are associated with psychological conditions. The manipulation of hormones in young children in an attempt to delay physical development has been observed to increase serious mental disorders such as anxiety, mood swings, mania, and tendencies towards self-harm.

Preventing children from undergoing the necessary biological transition to adulthood is unlikely to stand the test of time, from an ethical perspective.

Decisions by sports bodies that may encourage parents and the medical community to pressure children to transition early should be looked at more closely.

A simple “no” to transgender athletes would have been a safer choice for everyone involved in competitive sport.