This is so hard wrote:
+1 love this post. I get sick of the vitriol too. I hope people who believe this is unfair realize they aren't helping their case with sick comments. Because it just makes you appear hateful.
I support trans rights, but I don't think transwomen ought to be entitled to all women's spaces, and I don't think policies ought to replace sex as a protected status with gender identity. I also understand why people get upset about internet mobs attacking individuals, but I think people have every right to be angry about and AT June, and every other tranwoman who participates in competitive women's sports. Yes, it's true that she's following the rules. No, the rules aren't fair, and there's plenty of scientific evidence to show that male advantage cannot be undone by medical interventions, particularly if males have gone through puberty.
June was once a competitive man. She KNOWS the difference between male and female performance. The fact that T suppression has changed her body composition and made her slower does not make her a female. Here's a study comparing transwomen and transmen after a year of hormone therapy.https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/782557v1.abstract
After 12 months, transwomen (males who identify as women) were stronger than transmen (females who identify as male). In other words, males suppressing T (taking estrogen?) remain stronger than females supplementing T. If I'm capable of learning this information, so is June.
This whole thing is misogyny masquerading as progress. Why don't we hear about transmen's rights? They are the ones really getting screwed in sports because they can't compete against women because they're on testosterone (with a few exceptions in high school sports), and T supplemention is unlikely to turn even elite females into elite males (there's a racewalker going to the trials, but that's a rare exception, and it's not surprising that it's happening in a long distance endurance-based sport).
It's one thing to respect somebody's right to inhabit their body or modify their body, but another to think that social and medical interventions turn a male into a female. Women are not males with breast implants and low T. This way of thinking is so incredibly sexist that I can barely stand it. Women have an entirely different reproductive system, along with physiological and morphological characteristics that make their bodies capable of bearing children, and these matter in sports.
Males are colonizing female sports, then proclaiming themselves superior women--but clam down, ladies, the vitriol is out-of-line. Funk Dat!
Thank you for this! So much tone policing when women and girls have a right to be upset! I won’t call June or any other male ‘she’ or ‘her’, or call them women or female. He is not, they are not. Their feelings are not more important than all of women’s athletics. They’re free to identify as they wish and compete with other males.