I want to focus on one word, and one word only. That word is fairness. Not gender. Not transgender. Not activism. Not rights. Not perception. Simply fairness. That’s the issue here, and that’s where we need to keep our focus.
The question is not why a man identifies as a woman (or vice versa).
The question is this: Is it fair for a biological male to compete against biological females?
According to a story posted on Trib Live, “A transgender woman [CeCe, formerly Craig, Telfer] who competed as a man as recently as last year won an NCAA women’s track national championship on Saturday.”
Yet, less than 18 months ago, in January 2018, “Telfer finished eighth in a field of nine in the Men’s 400 meters at the Middlebury Winter Classic in Vermont.”
So, competing against fellow-males, Telfer was second to last in a field of 9. Now, competing against females, Telfer came in first in a field of 8. That’s quite a turnaround.
And Telfer did not simply win. He won decisively, finishing with a time of 57.53, more than one full second ahead of second-place finisher Minna Sveard, who ran a time of 59.21, edging out the third place finisher Sidney Trinidad, who finished in 59.29. (This picture says it all.)
So, instead of Sveard taking a first place, she ends up with a second place, despite training hard and running her best. The deck was simply stacked against her. Is that fair?
Like it or not, there’s a massive difference between first and second, between gold and silver.
And what if you were competing in the Olympics and were bumped from third (a bronze medal) to fourth (no medal at all)? How big a difference is that?
Interestingly, the story on Trib Live is positive from beginning to end.
It uses standard, LGBT terminology, identifying Telfer as a “transgender woman” and referring to her as “she.”
It quotes Telfer’s coach, Zach Emerson, who said, “It was tough conditions out here with the wind and the heat over the last three days but, as she has over the last six months, CeCe proved herself to be tough enough to handle it. Today was a microcosm of her entire season; she was not going to let anything slow her down. I’ve never met anybody as strong as her mentally in my entire life.”
And it notes that, “The NCAA allows male athletes to compete as women if they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year. Before that, they compete on mixed teams — with men and women — in the men’s division but not the women’s.”
Yet, despite this glowing, LGBT-affirming coverage, readers of the article felt that the competition was not fair, as indicated by their overwhelmingly negative response to a poll contained in the article.
The poll asked, “Do you believe that a person born as a male but identifying as a female should be allowed to compete in women’s competitive sports events?”
As of this writing, 16,982 readers responded, with 4 percent saying, “Yes,” 4 percent saying, “I’m not sure,” and a staggering 92 percent saying, “No.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown