In times gone by, the mentally ill were at best, cared for and, at worst, they were maligned. Today, they are allowed to run wild, literally governing the asylum. At best, this makes a mockery of our culture and society; at worst, it destroys the culture and society. Sports! News!: NCAA Says Man is Woman of the Week:
The Big Sky Conference named University of Montana runner June Eastwood, a biological male who identifies as a transgender woman, the cross-country female athlete of the week.
“June Eastwood finished second in a field of 204 runners at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational,” helping “Montana place seventh as a team,” the conference noted in its announcement Tuesday. Eastwood previously competed on the University of Montana’s men’s team.
Conservatives out in conservative, cowboy-land Montana couldn’t even conserve the girls’ track team. Mr. Eastwood may use athletic tape and take hormones. Those measures partially address two of the 6,000 differences between male and female. Many of the rest reside in the brain. I wonder what a scan of Eastwood’s would show us? If you happen to have a daughter who competes in a sport(s), then this might be of slight interest to you. No, I’m not talking to you, Cleetus, on the couch in a drunken stupor before your TeeVee god. Sane people of the West, do you want your daughter’s placed at an “intolerable” disadvantage on the track or the field?
That’s the muddled conclusion of a paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
The inclusion of elite transwomen athletes in sport is controversial. The recent International Olympic Committee (IOC) (2015) guidelines allow transwomen to compete in the women’s division if (amongst other things) their testosterone is held below 10 nmol/L. This is significantly higher than that of cis-women. Science demonstrates that high testosterone and other male physiology provides a performance advantage in sport suggesting that transwomen retain some of that advantage. To determine whether the advantage is unfair necessitates an ethical analysis of the principles of inclusion and fairness. Particularly important is whether the advantage held by transwomen is a tolerable or intolerable unfairness. We conclude that the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness. This does not mean transwomen should be excluded from elite sport but that the existing male/female categories in sport should be abandoned in favour of a more nuanced approach satisfying both inclusion and fairness.
More “conservatives,” surely. They see the problem, plain as day. But, they just can’t help but trip over all the PC bullshit. Nuances, inclusion, fairness, diversity, and equality do not work. Yet and still, I assume that just about everyone will quietly tolerate the intolerable. It’s our greatest strength.
So, congratulations to Mr. Eastwood! And to the University of Montana, which I identify as a failed school.