Sunday, February 26, 2017

Juiced Up on Steroids

God only knows how it happened that the transgendered became the latest front in the cultural wars, but, happen it did. How did a psychiatric anomaly become a civil rights issue? It was bad enough that people were running around crying out that gender was a social construct—right after they accused their opponents of not respecting science—but how did America get to the point where people could claim the right to be whatever they believed they were. When and how did belief trump fact? 

It's the reductio ad absurdum of a dumb idea.

Camille Paglia said it was a sign of cultural collapse. Surely she was correct.

How correct was she? The latest news from Texas, via the Wall Street Journal tells us that a girl who is transitioning to a boy just won the girls state wrestling title:

Mack Beggs, a star wrestler at Trinity High School near Fort Worth, has a new victory under his belt. On Saturday, he became the first transgender boy to win the girls state title in Texas.

Mack, who was born a female and is transitioning to a male through hormone therapy, is at the center of a controversy here over a Texas rule that requires high-school students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate.

It’s stupidity on parade. The thing is, Mack Beggs, anatomically and chromosomally a female has been taking testosterone injections in order to transition.

A father of one of his/her female opponents pointed out the relevant fact:

Pratik Khandelwal, whose daughter has wrestled Mack, said he is concerned about future wrestling matches between the two. “It’s not a matter of being transgender, it’s more of a fact that he’s taking testosterone…that could have an influence on the girls that he’s wrestling,” he said.

Duh. Remember when science mattered? So, Mack is taking testosterone injections. As you know, steroids are synthetic testosterone. Since everyone knows that testosterone enhances physical strength and is a main reason why boys are constitutionally stronger than girls, don’t you think that Mack gains an unfair chemical advantage from using steroids? How is that fair?

It’s illegal for athletes to be juiced up on steroids. Now it’s a civil rights issue… As Paglia said, it’s a sign of cultural collapse.


n.n said...

Transgender conversion therapy through tissue corruption, psychological manipulation, and social indoctrination targets prepubescent children, adolescents, and young adults. You would think that social liberals would have stopped with denying life unworthy and Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, it's a progressive condition normalized by their twilight faith and Pro-Choice Church.

Ares Olympus said...

Ignoring the ethical issues of hormone therapy, a WP articles shows its a rules problem more than intention. If you want to change the rules, certainly a best way is to follow them against your will, and demonstrate by example they need attention.

Of course it makes sense that a girl "transitioning" to a boy shouldn't be competing with girls, and I suppose in the past there's been girls who wanted to compete with the boys (perhaps if there's no girl's team) but were banned, hence the rules.

It certainly would all be easier if every child who felt certain they were born the wrong gender could just commit suicide and save us all this trouble, trouble like changing rules and such, WAY to complicated to the binary world.
As time passed, attorney Baudhuin said, Beggs requested to wrestle against boys, though because UIL guidelines determine athletes’ gender based on their birth certificate, that request was declined (citing privacy, the UIL would not discuss that request or Beggs’s specific case); in a brief interview before the championship final, Nancy Beggs would not comment on whether her grandson hoped to eventually participate in the boys’ division.

Last year, coaches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area began hearing about changes in Beggs’s physique. He was strong and lean, and coaches noticed an unmistakable strength advantage that hadn’t been there even a year earlier.

A few coaches and parents became concerned their girls wouldn’t compete on equal terrain. Other coaches disagreed, more impressed by Beggs’s commitment to improvement and his mental preparation. Sides were established. Discussions became increasingly tense. Questions became more difficult to answer.
On behalf of the father of one opponent, Baudhuin sent a certified letter in January petitioning the UIL to move Beggs to the boys’ division. This month he filed a lawsuit that asked for Beggs to be allowed to wrestle boys or removed from the championship tournament. For now, he said, the court has made no decision. The UIL issued a statement Friday that said the birth-certificate rule could change in the future (its legislative council meets in June), and Beggs’s school district determined his testosterone was “well below the allowed level.”