Caitlin Jenner, who, in her previous life gold medalist Olympic athlete, has taken a stand against the trendy claim that only bigots oppose allowing transgender biological males to compete in women and girls’ sports.
I agree with Jenner and I thank her for taking this courageous stand.
I well remember how hard we fought to get recognition and any funding at all for women and girls’ sports. It was an uphill battle all the way. It is still an uphill battle. Women’s sports are treated like the stepchild of sports. An example from here in Oklahoma is the day that the Oklahoma University Women’s Softball team won a national championship. In a stunning lack of gallantry, Coach Bob Stoops, of the Almighty OU football team, decided to make that the day he announced his retirement.
The story of the national championship win for the women was buried. It went down to the ground without a murmur of recognition for the women’s achievement because, well, a real sports story about a retiring coach was playing instead.
That episode could serve for a teaching parable about the lack of respect and funding that women’s sports gets to this day.
The name of the game all around the world is misogyny.
In every part of the globe there is always a group of people who are singled out for discrimination and mistreatment in the laws, customs and mores of that society. In Japan, it is the Eta. In India, it is the Untouchable. In America, England and Europe, it is black people. But there is always one group who is second class everywhere. From dateline to dateline, pole to pole, everywhere you go, women and girls are always treated as second-rate people.
The new canard here in America is right-wing misogyny vs left-wing misogyny. The right wing glorifies rapists and open abusers of women. It elects them to the presidency and puts them on the Supreme Court. And of course, all the little right wing religious leaders say Amen.
But the left wing is certainly no stranger to misogyny. Left wing misogyny usually comes wrapped in the notion that they are not misogynists, not a all. But there is this greater good that can only be achieved by destroying the rights of women and girls and oppressing them. After the Civil War, (as a for-instance) the liberals of that day told women and girls that, despite the ardent support that women gave to the abolitionist cause, their time to vote had not come. It was the “black man’s hour,” they said and women and girls would have to wait.
So, they waited.
And over 50 years later, they finally won the right to vote for themselves after years and decades of discrimination and living in legal purgatory in which women could not be on juries, (although women could be put in prison and hung) own property, sue for divorce, or attend most institutions of higher learning. Women endured forced feeding, imprisonment, police brutality, public scorn and — of course — the repudiation of religious leaders — in order to earn the right to vote.
They had to do it without the moral support that liberal religious leaders gave to the cause of emancipation. Women always have to fight for their human rights without religious support. Nothing has changed about that.
Now, we’re at the pretty pass where one of the two major political parties in this country has made it its business to gain and hold power by means of virulent racism and misogyny. The other party has gotten the message that racism is wrong, but it can’t quite wrap its head around the misogyny bit.
The Democrats are miles better than the Republicans. You don’t find them sanctimoniously lining up to vote against the Violence Against Women Act, or deep-sixing bills that would help defray the costs of child care. But that doesn’t mean that liberals are free of misogyny. It just means that they try to sidestep the charge by claiming that their misogyny is really about some higher need that transcends the basic rights of half the human race.
In this case, they are trumpeting the absurd notion that the only reason anyone might oppose putting transgender biological males on women and girls’ sports teams is that they are bigots. They ignore that this would destroy women and girls’ sports, at least for women and girls.
The only way they can make this case is to ignore reality … and of course, do what they are doing … which is ignore the rights and needs of women and girls.
The move to put transgender biological males on women and girls’ sports teams is just liberal misogyny. The bullying attempts to label any objections to this as bigotry are just that: Bullying.
Caitlin Jenner took a courageous stand for women and girls by speaking out against allowing transgender biological males to compete on women and girls’ sports teams. She’s behaving like she actually is a woman. The fact that this stand, which in reality is just basic common sense, is a courageous position for her to take, says everything you need to know about the power and viciousness of misogyny.
Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic champion and reality TV personality now running for California governor, said she opposes transgender girls competing in girls’ sports at school.
Jenner, a 1976 decathlon Olympic gold medalist who came out as a transgender woman in 2015, told a TMZ reporter on Saturday that it’s “a question of fairness.”
“That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” Jenner said Saturday during a brief interview in a Malibu parking lot.
It was Jenner’s first comment on the controversial issue since announcing her candidacy to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election. Five states have passed laws or implemented executive orders this year limiting the ability of transgender youths to play sports or receive certain medical treatment. There’s been a vehement outcry from supporters of transgender rights.