The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the need to use common sense. Any unbiased person can look at six-foot-tall man and a five-foot-tall woman and recognize that the man would have numerous advantages over a female on any track team or other sports team. I do not know of anyone who has accused President Joe Biden as having common sense – or much sense at all.
Since his first day in office, Biden
has been busy signing executive orders, and one of them has to do with putting
transgender men on women’s sports teams. According to Biden and many liberals, “transgender
equality is the civil rights issue of our time.” They claim that it is only
fair to all transgender women to compete against biological women. Not everyone
agrees with them.
According to Tony Perkins, President
of the Family Research Council, “New research in the British Journal of Sports
Medicine says no.” In fact, “People across the political spectrum” agree that
biological boys should not be allowed to compete against girls.
In an unlikely coalition, outspoken LGBT
activists have joined forces with soccer moms and conservatives to fight for
the right to keep competition on a level playing field. Groups like Save Women’s
Sports popped up, working in state legislatures like Idaho to keep the two
The science, it turns out, supports them.
In a study that even NBC felt compelled to cover, Dr. Timothy Roberts found
that men undergoing a female transition still have a competitive biological
edge…. Roberts made these discoveries studying Air Force servicemen and women
who were in the process of transitioning. After several months of hormones and
other treatment, the men in transition were still able to do more push-ups and
run faster than their female counterparts.
Even though the Air Force study is
not “the same as being in the Olympics,” the two situations are comparable.
There are researchers and doctors who disagree with Roberts’ findings, but
other doctors agree. Dr. Michelle Cretella and other doctors have been saying for
years that men and women are “profoundly and genetically different in ways that
no medicine or surgery can change.” According to Cretella, “[M]en and women
have – at a minimum – 6,500 genetic differences between us. And this impacts
every cell of our bodies – our organ systems, how diseases manifest, how we
diagnose, and even treat in some cases.”
Even though the Nation Collegiate
Athletic Association and many school districts downplay the differences, most
Americans do not. According to Perkins, “most Americans can see through the political
correctness to common sense. In polling late last year in 10 battleground
states, 75% of voters said they object to mixed-gender sports.”
Nicole Russell writes on this topic
from the position of “a mother with two daughters.” She wonders if Biden is
concerned about her daughters and other girls and women who just want to
compete on a level playing field.
When males who “identify” as females
compete against females, they place females at a competitive disadvantage. Male
bodies present obvious physiological advantages: They have more muscle mass and
less body fat than females. They have larger hearts and lungs, as well as
greater bone density.
Even male hips are positioned differently,
giving them the ability to run faster than women, on average. Biological and
physiological differences between males and females are obvious and recognized,
and it’s hardly a groundbreaking concept.
Yet to require biological males and
females to compete against each other, under the guise of anti-discrimination
laws, is to require that we as a society either deny these scientific facts or
state that Title IX is now null and void.
We cannot accept both that men and women
are exactly the same and that women are protected from sex discrimination.
Russell is asking the nation’s
representatives of the people to use common sense. Men and women are either the
same, or they are different. They cannot be equal and different at the same
time. Anyone with common sense can recognize this fact to be true. Biological
males do not have a right to play on the same teams as biological female. They
should remain on male teams, or transgender teams should be created for them.