The sports world obediently accepts the new cultural mandates about gender. That means transgendered men can now compete, as women, in women’s sports.
Consider this case study: Fallon Fox is a man who has transitioned into being a woman. He, now called she, competes in women’s mixed martial arts. Fox has so far beaten–and beaten up–5 women, having lost only one match in a technical knockout. Here is an account of Fox’s last fight:
During Fox’s fight against Tamikka Brents, Brents suffered a concussion, an orbital bone fracture, and seven staples to the head. After her loss, Brents took to social media to fuel the controversy surrounding Fox’s perceived advantage: “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right,” she stated. “Her grip was different, I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch…”
Is this kind of competition fair? Are those of you who are sympathetic to transgendered individuals OK with this? And can’t you wait to see how this plays out in the Olympics, which has opened women’s sports to men who have not had “gender-reassignment surgery,” just hormone treatments?
After the jump, a picture and a link to a discussion by J. Douglas Johnson. [Read more…]