High school athlete Mack Beggs, a teenager who is transitioning from female to male, won his 110-pound weight class in the Texas girl’s state championship on Saturday, according to media reports.
Beggs, 17, and many of his opponents want him to wrestle against boys, but the transgender boy wrestled in the Texas championship for girls because of state sport regulations, which require athletes to compete according to birth gender.
This story is actually different from the typical one that makes headlines. Usually, it is about a man who claims to be a woman playing aginst women. Most common sense people see this as unfair since men are inherently bigger and stronger and therefore have an advantage in most sports.
This story, however, is the other side of this debate. In this case, you have a girl transitioning to a boy. According to state law, a teen must compete as the gender they were born. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue, but this teen is taking testosterone so she is building muscle and is much stronger than the girls she is competing against. This debate centers on what is the definition of a woman? Is defined by chromosomes? Is it defined by gentialia? Is it defined by size and strength? Or is it left up to each individual to decide? What’s interesting about people who “transition” is the contradiction it creates about the gender identity movement. Celina Durgin explained this at the National Review…
If gender identity does not depend upon anatomy, how can gender and anatomy be misaligned? One’s gender identity is supposed to determine one’s gender. Anatomy isn’t even related to gender! The most obvious example is a gender-fluid person — whose gender identity varies over time but whose anatomy does not. If we’ve destroyed the gender binary, or at least attenuated its authority, and if anatomy and biological functions don’t determine gender, then with what conceptions of gender are gender-fluid and transgender individuals identifying?
If we’ve destroyed the gender binary, or at least attenuated its authority, and if anatomy and biological functions don’t determine gender, then with what conceptions of gender are gender-fluid and transgender individuals identifying?
This is the major problem that sports leagues are going to have going forward. It’s clear that the transgender movement allows any definition of gender to exist. Someone who transitions to a woman is considered a woman just like someone who doesn’t. When any definition is allowed, it means there is no definition. This makes it impossible to segregate sports.
What’s amazing is the same people who have cheered Title IX’s power to save women’s sports for the past four decades are the same people using Title IX to destroy women’s sports. As Alanis Morisette would say, isn’t it ironic?