by WorldTribune Staff, March 5, 2019
At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Florence Griffith-Joyner set the women’s world record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.49 seconds. The record still stands.
According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), there were 15 men in the United States whose best time was 10.49 in the 100 meters in 2018. That tied them for the 217th fastest men’s time in the country last year.
The men’s world record in the 100 meters is 9.58 seconds, set by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in 2009.
Worldwide, there were 35 men whose best time in the 100 meters in 2018 was 10.49 – tying them for the 768th fastest in the world last year.
“This is why we have separate female and male competitions to begin with,” columnist Rich Lowry wrote for the New York Post.
Without separate competitions, women would be “overshadowed by men with inherent physiological advantages.”
But, “this common-sense reason for separate competitions and separate record books is now falling away,” Lowry noted, as male-to-female transgender athletes are increasingly entering, and dominating, women’s events.
In Connecticut, two biologically male high school students, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, finished first and second, respectively, in the 55-meter dash this year, crushing the competition. Miller set a new girls indoor record and also won the 300-meter. The year before, the two finished first and second in the 100-meter state outdoor championships.
“Connecticut allows students to compete in sports as the gender they identify as, with no further requirements. If fashionable opinion has anything to say about it, this will be the universal trend,” Lowry wrote.
“Everyone is supposed to ignore the madness of it. In sports, the supposed fluidity of gender runs up against the ineluctability of sex.”
Testosterone, which males get massive doses of beginning at puberty, “is the original performance-enhancing drug,” Lowry wrote. “It makes men bigger, stronger and faster. It is easier for them to add muscle mass. They have bigger hearts (physically, not metaphorically, of course) and greater lung capacity, among other physical advantages.”
This accounts for the considerable male-female gap in athletic performance.
“This differential isn’t the result of boys and men having a male identity, more resources, better training or superior discipline,” Doriane Lambelet Coleman and Wickliffe Shreve of Duke Law School have written. “It’s because they have an androgenized body.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has dropped a requirement for sex-reassignment surgery for transgender athletes, and it has set a maximum level of testosterone for transgendered women that’s still high for biological females. “Even if biologically male athletes get their testosterone levels down, their bodies are still different,” Lowry noted.
Former Olympic volleyball player Ana Paula Henkel of Brazil made this point in an open letter opposing the new Olympic policy. “This rushed and heedless decision to include biological men, born and built with testosterone, with their height, their strength and aerobic capacity of men, is beyond the sphere of tolerance,” Henkel wrote. “It represses, embarrasses, humiliates and excludes women.”
Henkel cited the example of Brazilian player who formerly competed as a man and now dominates in the women’s league “and will probably make the 2020 women’s Olympic team (and deny a spot to a female player who doesn’t have the build of a man),” Lowry wrote.
“It now takes courage to raise any such objections. Feminists in good standing the day before yesterday are getting ostracized for insisting that there are differences between men and women that matter and can’t be ignored or wished away,” Lowry wrote.
After tennis great Martina Navratilova recently said she was against biological men competing in women’s sports, she “was roundly attacked as transphobic and swiftly booted from the board of the LGBT group Athlete Ally,” Lowry noted. “Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, from Britain, got mobbed for expressing similar sentiments.”
“We live in an age when stating the obvious is forbidden, and women’s sport may never be quite the same again,” Lowry wrote.