When it comes to athletic participation, I only regularly participate in one sport. The number of people I am concerned about when it comes to fair play and following the rules is one - the one who is standing across the list field from me. And the fact that I'm at a low level doesn't make it less important. However, I am not affected by the specific issue of the article, because we almost never segregate by either sex or gender.arthwollipot wrote: ↑Tue Feb 06, 2024 8:44 pmIf there were a significant number of trans women competing at high levels, I think there might be a problem. But there isn't.
But that's a discussion for another time. That thread is the one that I run screaming from over at ISF.
However, whether we agree or disagree on any given issue, I hope we can all recognize that there are idiots who agree with us, and sometimes those idiots write articles that you can tell, just from the headline, that what follows is going to be stupid.
In the case of this particular headline, I was pretty sure what was coming, and I was not disappointed. The author argued that men didn't have an advantage over women in athletics. It was just that our male dominated society emphasized those sports where men were at an advantage, and de-emphasized ones where women have an advantage. She cited ultra-long distance, open water, swimming. It turns out women hold certain records in that sport, such as crossing the English channel three times. Their higher fat content gives them an advantage. So apparently the patriarchy emphasizes sports that value strength and speed, but not so much buoyancy and insulation. That's sexist, apparently.
There was a similar article that got a lot of reading this weekend, and that I thought of including, but I'll do so now. It was from Forbes, and the headline was something like "Lia Thomas' body was not the problem". Reading the article, the argument was the same as above. The sport she cited as one which the patriarchy de-emphasized but where women have an advantage is balance beam. There's only two problems with that. 1. If men and women both competed on the balance beam using modern rules, men would almost certainly win. 2. Our society values women's gymnastics much more so than men's gymnastics. It is true that women generally have better balance than men, but it generally wouldn't be enough to overcome the extra height, and subsequently more twists, that men could achieve.
The author said we should segregate by ability, not sex, and we should emphasize and value those sports where women had an advantage over men.
The article was widely enough read that Martina Navratalova tweeted that Lia's body was in fact the "effing" (sic) problem.