ERASURE: Sports

Another thing that happened back in March 2017 that contributed to my Peak Trans experience was the news that Laurel Hubbard, a male-born weightlifter in New Zealand, had ‘transitioned’ i.e. been on hormones for a few months and was allowed to complete in women’s weightlifting events which, being much stronger than any of the women who’d trained for years, he naturally won.

He even set a new record in “women’s” weightlifting.

Well done, Laurel!

This page is for links about male athletes who are now crushing the chances of young womens’ places in teams, medals and sports scholarships by being allowed to compete women’s events.

I trust the reason it is placed in the site category entitled ‘Erasure’ doesn’t need explaining.

 

All the illustrations on this page are by Sandy Manning. Follow her on Twitter @SandyDrawsBadly.

Martina Navratilova speaks truth to power

It is no exaggeration to say that it takes real bravery for someone who is famous to speak out about any of the iniquitous nonsense peddled by the transgender lobby and that is what Martina Navratilova does in this recent article:

The rules on trans athletes reward cheats and punish the innocent Martina Navratilova 17.02.19

See also: Update on recent Transgender Debate Martina Navratilova 03.03.19

Unsurprisingly, being one of the greatest women athletes in history and having an impeccable record of standing for LGBT rights doesn’t give Martina a free pass when it comes to being targeted by that same lobby. Here are links to some of the supportive articles she has generated as a result of speaking truth to power.

Sharron Davies on the transgender sports row: ‘How can this be fair to women?’ Telegraph 10.03.19

Dame Kelly Holmes is targeted by trans activists Mail 07.03.19

It’s unfair for transgender women to compete in women’s sport Piers Morgan 04.03.19

Sports stars weigh in on row over transgender athletes Guardian 03.03.19

The male sports writers who say the end of womens’ sports is no big deal WoLF 03.03.19

Sharron Davies: Former British swimmer says transgender athletes should not compete in women’s sport BBC online 02.03.19

Confronting a New Threat to Female Athletics Julian Vigo 27.02.19

In Defense of Women’s Sports Madeleine Kearns 27.02.19

Can transsexuals fairly compete against women and girls in sport? Transsexuals opposing self ID 25.02.19

Male bodies don’t belong in women’s sport Janice Turner The Times 23.02.19

By branding Martina Navratilova a bigot, the trans lobby shows how intolerant and extreme it has become James Kirkup 21.02.19

Martina Navratilova dropped by LGBT group over ‘transphobic’ comments Sky News 20.02.19

In defence of Martina Navratilova Ella Whelan 21.02.19

Martina and the Level Playing Field Helen Saxby 18.02.19

Martina Navratilova blasts ‘cheating’ transgender women in sport The Sunday Times 17.02.19

Video: The Martina Navratilova ‘Transphobia’ Outrage Joe Rogan and Andy Stumpf

Is it fair to allow transwomen to compete in female sport?

Campaigning group Fair Play for Women say No! Read all about why on their website and follow them on Twitter @fairplaywomen.

News reports and features

Sportswomen’s Rights are Women’s Rights Helen Saxby 12.03.19

“There are still many high profile trans advocates (including the LGBT advisorto the Labour Party) who will simply not concede that there is any appreciable difference between males and females. To these people, the cause is not just, it is hatred and bigotry. Therefore the cream of UK female sporting talent is currently getting a taste of what less well-known campaigners have been experiencing for years.”

 

Trans Athletes: The Death Of Women’s Sports T-Nation 11.03.19

“Most sporting federations have no problem allowing trans men to compete as biological men. Why? Because they can affirm their identities, inject testosterone, and play against men who naturally make a lot of testosterone.

But things get trickier when trans women, who have XY chromosomes and have gone through puberty before transitioning, want to compete against biological women, who make significantly less testosterone. And even with medical intervention (hormonal modifications and surgery), their physical advantages can’t be ignored.”

 

Sport can help to clarify the trans debate Hadley Freeman 06.03.19

“What got notably less media attention was the support for Navratilova from other elite athletes, including Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Sally Gunnell, Paula Radcliffe, Kelly Holmes and Nicola Adams. Arguments about gender are now so vicious that most high-profile people would rather eat their hair than speak out.”

 

Trans athletes make a mockery of women’s sports Meghan Murphy 05.03.19

““I can’t really say what I want to say, but there’s not much I can do about it,” Kate Hall, a junior at Stonington high school in Connecticut told the Hartford Courant. “It’s frustrating. But that’s just the way it is now.” Hall is a high school sprinter, a very successful one, winning a state title in the 100-metres in 2016. Then a year later she lost to transgender Andraya Yearwood.”

 

The male sports writers who say the end of womens’ sports is no big deal WoLF 03.03.19

“Recently Martina Navratilova was shunned by queer sports organizations but cheered by many others for taking a stand against male sports cheats acting under cover of “gender identity.” Since then male sports writers have been using their platforms to proclaim that boys must be allowed to compete in races against girls simply because they claim to “identify as girls,” and anyone questioning this new orthodoxy is a bigot. In the U.S., the latest one to come out as a sexist is Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation and frequent guest writer for outlets that claim to be progressive or socialist.”

 

Tansgender sport: advantage upon advantage Dr Antonia Lee 25.02.19

“I wrote my last piece here (1) on my way to the UK to deliver a workshop for coaches. Shortly after posting it, and having arrived in London, I read what I can only describe as nonsense (2) written in the Independent newspaper by their chief sports writer, Jonathan Liew. I’m naturally suspicious. If you were a trained journalist — someone who might know the difference between science and pseudo-science, how to investigate two sides of a story, and how to perform decent research and fact-check — you’d say so. If Liew is a trained journalist, I apologise. It’s just not evident from this particular effort.”

 

The Hurdles of Genderless Track 01.03.19

“When two boys finish first and second in a track meet, it isn’t national news. But it is when the races are for girls. Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood have dominated their sport for two years. That’s because they’re actually boys allowed to compete against girls. Thanks to the brave new world of genderless sports, kids that wouldn’t have a prayer racing against their own sex are racking up the wins. If you’re a female runner who has a problem with that, Miller says, try harder.”

Watch Selina Soule, a high school athlete cheated out of the chance of a college sports scholarship by two young men, try her best to make her point without saying anything that will get her chewed up and spat out by the transcult bullies. Interviewer Laura Ingraham has no time for that crap.

Fox News Video Student who lost track championship to transgender athletes speaks out  26.01.19

For older stories about Yearwood and Miller, go here.

 

Transgender sport: is it Ilhan Omar and not USA Powerlifting who is discriminatory and unscientific? Dr Antonia Lee 09.02.19

“Problematically, what limited research exists invariably focuses on non-elite competitors in endurance sports and seems obsessed with just testosterone values pre- and post-transition (4). It’s almost as if in some people’s minds, what happens to the body as a result of testosterone in the current 12-month transitioning window for sports participation eligibility, somehow trumps a lifetime of biological sex difference during growth and maturation.”

Related piece: USA Powerlifting bans all trans women from competing as women Outsports.com 01.02.19

Of sport, sex and gender Dr Antonia Lee 10.01.19

“It is clear that there are massive holes in the current research; holes that the Radio 4 transgender expert could not possibly be aware of unless they had real experience of elite sport; including its dark side. The recent paper that inexperienced and non-scientific academics seem to rely upon when it comes to the relevance of testosterone in elite athletic events — the 2017 Bermon and Garnier study — is methodologically flawed; so much so that experts in the field have asked for it to be retracted.”

Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted Guardian 10.12.18

“Can you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams never got a sniff of 23 majors – not with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in her path – and the golden British women’s hockey team of Rio 2016 never even took to the field. It sounds like a dystopian nightmare. In fact it was an idea mooted on Radio 4 last week in a Woman’s Hour discussion about whether transgender women should play women’s sports.”

Professor of physiology says transgender athletes have advantage in speed, power Olivia Caldwell 03.12.18

“A New Zealand physiology professor says transgender athletes have advantages over their female competitors and more research needs to be done by sporting regulators before they should compete against each other.” 

Harder, better, faster, stronger: why we must protect female sports Fond of Beetles 01.10.18

“The current male 100m record holder is Usain Bolt, who ran 9.58s in 2009. The time difference between Flo Jo and Bolt is 0.91s, and the time ratio is 0.91 (9.58/10.49). This equates to a 10% performance gap between male and female world records, and is remarkably similar across track races.” 

How the Transgender Movement is Destroying Women’s Sports Women are Human 25.06.18

“Men on average are naturally bigger, stronger, faster, and have more endurance than women. Our lungs, organs and bone structure are bigger. Plus, we men have a higher amount of fast-twitch muscle fibers. When it comes to competing, the average woman doesn’t have a chance.

Because of this unfair advantage, there are competitions for women only. This gives all women the chance to compete on a level playing field, and makes it safer, especially when it comes to contact sports such as wrestling or boxing.” 

In defence of women’s sports Daphna Whitmore 30.10.18

“On average men have greater muscle mass and tougher ligaments. They have more fast-twitch muscle fibre which generate greater force and speed. Men also have faster reaction times for auditory and visual stimuli. They have more androgen (male hormone) receptors on muscles cells which is an advantage even when testosterone levels are lowered. For trans women who were formerly male athletes there is also muscle memory from muscle stimulus and skills learnt while being male.”

Transgender Guidelines: an attempt to ‘dead cat’ debate on gender Sports Integrity Initiative website 24.02.16

“Why is this important? Because people are being medically harmed by sport under these regulations. Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, four young athletes were forced to undergo surgery to allow them to compete, reported the International Business Times. The IAAF initially denied that this had taken place, however a 2013 study appears to suggest that it did.”

 

Do transgender athletes have an edge? I sure don’t. Joanna Harper

“My research, published last month in the Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities, found that collectively, the eight subjects got much slower after their gender transitions and put up nearly identical age-graded scores as men and as women, meaning they were equally — but no more — competitive in their new gender category. (The outlier was a runner who had raced recreationally as a 19-year-old male and became serious about the sport — doubling her training load and shedding 22 pounds — years later as a female.)

To be clear: This study speaks only to distance running. Trans women who are sprinters may maintain something of an advantage over other female runners in that they tend to carry more muscle mass, potentially allowing for increased speed over short distances. (Whereas extra muscle mass is a disadvantage in distance running.) And since gender transition doesn’t affect height, it would make sense that transgender women would have advantages over other women in sports such as basketball, where size is so important, and disadvantages in sports such as gymnastics, where greater size is an impediment.” 

“Surly Shirley” and the assault on women’s sport–then and now  4thWaveNow

The year is 1976, and the place is the Montreal Olympics. And it’s clear that something is wrong.

The East German women’s swim team is unstoppable. Inhuman, almost. Smashing every record, every competitor, sweeping every race – then jumping out of the pool like it wasn’t even challenging. Race after race, the American women – before this, favored to medal, if not win, most swimming events – are outclassed, demoralized, destroyed.

What could possibly be happening? Who are these women? Where did they come from and how are they dominating this Olympics so thoroughly?

Male athletes in women’s sports

Rachel McKinnon

Sex and Sports Daniel A. Kaufman 22.10.18

“It seems clear that the elimination of sex segregation in sports would mean that women could pretty much forget about ever being athletically competitive to any significant degree again.”

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling The Daily Signal 14.10.18

“In January, USA Today quoted McKinnon as arguing against requiring biological males to suppress testosterone as a requirement for competing against women.”

Fancy that.

‘It’s definitely NOT fair’: American cyclist lashes out after losing world championship to a trans woman Mail 20.10.18

“‘I was the third place rider. It’s definitely not fair,’ Wagner wrote.
After a backlash, the Houston, Texas woman who posed with a huge grin as she stood lower down on the podium in Los Angeles, said sorry for her public comment that garnered lots of attention.
‘After having some time to reflect, I realize my twitter comments earlier this week unintentionally fanned the flames on a controversial situation, and that I regret,’ she wrote. ‘I made the comments out of a feeling of frustration, but they weren’t productive or positive.’

McKinnon distinguished himself by bullying legend Martina Navratilova, which generated a few articles.

Going after Martina Navratilova is a bad move for the trans lobby Julie Bindel in The Spectator USA 23.12.18

Discplining Martina: Heretics and the Church of Transnormativity Jane Clare Jones 21.12.18

Laurel Hubbard

How Is It Fair When a Male Weightlifter Competes Against Women? Ask Dr Brown

“The performance was stunning, as New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard absolutely smoked the competition, beating her nearest competitor, a Samoan woman, by nearly 20 kilograms. The only problem is that Laurel is a biological male, born Gavin, which is why a number of the competitors felt the competition was unfair.

But of course it’s unfair. Hubbard is a male, not a female, and even after months of hormone treatments, he still has unfair advantages over the other women, who sacrificed for years to make it to this elite level, only to lose to a man. How is that right?

As one woman tweeted in response to this news, ‘Imagine training for this your whole life, as a woman, only to have a known leader in men’s weightlifting take your title.'”

Laurel Hubbard’s injury delays debate over transgender athletes The Times  09.04.18

“When Laurel Hubbard injured her arm and walked out of the women’s 90 kilo weightlifting competition today you could almost hear the relief in high places. The most controversial athlete of the Commonwealth Games was spared the inevitable gripes from her rivals and the usual Twitter bigotry. The wait for the first transgender champion goes on.”

Professor of physiology says transgender athletes have advantage in speed, power

Otago University professor in physiology Alison Heather has researched transgender changes, particularly in top level sport. She is adamant international sporting regulation bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have rushed a decision to include transgender athletes in male and female categories, as there has not been enough research.

Heather says the controversial inclusion of Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is a good example of the IOC not taking the time to research the science behind a transition. “It could be seen as an advantage and that is why they have male categories and female categories.”

Fallon Fox

UFC’s Joe Rogan to Transgender MMA Fighter Fallon Fox: ‘You’re a F***ing Man’ Bleacher Report

“Look, [Fox is] huge! She’s not just huge, she’s got a f***ing man’s face. I mean, you can wear all the lipstick you want. You want to be a woman and you want to take female hormones, you want to get a boob job, that’s all fine. I support your life to live, your right to live as a woman.

Fight guys, yes. She has to fight guys. First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a women’s hands and they’re built different. They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”

Video: Ashlee Evans-Smith says she feels Fallon Fox shouldn’t be able to fight women (Even though Evan-Smith beat Fox fair and square)

Hannah Mouncey

Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has bid to play in women’s Australian Rules league rejected Independent 17.10.19

““The subcommittee carefully considered all of the information provided by Hannah, as well as the available data on transgender strength, stamina, physique along with the specific nature of the AFLW competition,” the sport’s governing body said in a statement published on Tuesday. The AFL added that their decision only applied to the draft and the 2018 competition, and was not permanent.”

Transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey banned by AFLW now has sights on handball glory ABC News 26.05.18

“Mouncey said handball was far more physical than AFL “because you’ve got that real one-on-one contact a lot, whereas AFL is a much bigger space”.

She is currently training with Australia’s women’s handball team for the World Championship next year. Qualifying rounds start in Japan in December and Mouncey is hoping to be cleared by the International Handball Federation to play, if the team makes it to the top five.”

“The AFL Has Treated Me Like Shit”: Hannah Mouncey Has Withdrawn From The AFLW Draft 10.09.18

“Mouncey had hoped to be the first transgender woman to play in the AFLW, and has spoken out before about the discrimination she’s faced from the league in her attempts to get cleared to play. On Twitter last night, she wrote that despite meeting all the physical requirements the AFLW sets out for trans players, she’s still faced so much discrimination and criticism from the sport’s organisers, ‘with every effort made to wear me down to a point where I couldn’t continue’.” 

Andraya Yearwood & Terry Miller

A right to compete? A gender critical response Ani O’Brien 03.12.19

“No one is saying Andraya must stop running. People are simply asserting fact and saying that as he is male he needs to run in male competitions. It is not the breaking of “the norm” that people are afraid of either. It is the unfairness and illogic of it that bothers the average person. It is not fair on girls and women to have boys and men allowed to compete in their sporting competitions.”

At This Year’s Boston Marathon, Who’s Running Under What Gender? 09.04.18

“Trans athletes in 2018 will be able to compete in whatever gender they choose — instead of their biological sex. This year’s event features at least five openly transgender women who are competing in the race, according to the Boston Herald.”

This Freshman Boy With Mustache Destroyed Every Girl At The CT District Championship Track Meet Because Transgenderism Is A Direct Assault On Teenage Girls TurtleBoy

So down in Connecticut there is a boy named Rahsaan Yearwood who is claiming to be a girl, and just won the District Class M championship in the 100 and 200 meters. And honestly, if you don’t think this is wonderful then you can take your bigoted, Nazi ass and go straight to hell. Andraya is not undergoing any sort of hormone therapy treatment. He’s just a 15 year old freshman with a mustache and big manly muscles.

Literally anyone can legally do what Andraya did – decide to be a girl once they get to high school and compete against real females. Last year’s Class M champion in the girl’s 100 and 200 meters was then Stonington High School sophomore Kate Hall. She’s pretty fast, and she works her ass off, but because of “progress” she had to take a backseat to a much stronger human being filled with testosterone, much larger genetic advantages, and a penis.

Please, leftists, explain how this ‘transgender’ madness empowers women Max Blaze

““No, girls, you don’t get your own bathrooms anymore. You don’t get your own leagues. You don’t get your own identity. Not if men want in. Shut up and let the man beat you. Let him take your gold medal. Let him disrobe in front of you. Let him do what he wants. You have no choice. The proclivities and fetishes of men must come first. The desire that you may have to retain and defend your own unique identity is transphobic. Shame on you. Your feelings are not legitimate.””

WATCH: Two Transgenders Blow Out Girls In State Meet Daily Wire added 8.6.18

“Asked about the two girls who worked for years who got knocked out of the finals by Miller and Yearwood and the two girls who finished seventh and eighth in the finals who were denied a chance to compete in the New England championships, CIAC executive director Karissa Niehoff said, “We do feel for them. Fully agree it doesn’t feel good. The optic isn’t good. But we really do have to look at the bigger issues that speak to civil rights and the fact this is high school sports.””

Transgender athletes speak out as parents petition to change policy that allows them to compete as girls ABC News 22.6.18

“Some Connecticut parents are petitioning to change the rules of state high school athletics after two transgender track and field stars began dominating girls’ competitions.

Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, both 16, are transgender student-athletes who compete on the girls’ track and field teams at their high schools, and their state championship glory has triggered a heated debate in their community”

Other athletes

Transgender cyclist places first among women in Arizona race Washington Times

“A transgender cyclist was the top women’s finisher at an Arizona race over the weekend, besting the nearest female contender by less than one second.

Jillian Bearden, 36, became the first transgender athlete to win El Tour de Tucson in southern Arizona on Saturday, completing the 106-mile course with a time of 4 hours 36 minutes 7.71 seconds. A Colorado Springs native who has been competing professionally for 10 years, Ms. Bearden, who identifies as a woman, said the win is “absolutely huge” for transgender people who wish to compete against athletes of the same gender identity.

‘We’re at a moment of time — especially now — where not only do we have to come out but we have to be positive,’ the cyclist told the Arizona Daily Star. ‘We have to come together in solidarity and move this country in a direction that is accepting of all.’”

Toronto transgender woman represents Canada in dodgeball The Star 05.07.15

“When Canada goes for gold in August at the World Dodgeball Championship, the team will include what’s believed to be a first for any Canadian sports team on the international stage: a transgender athlete. Canada’s dodgeball team is only three years old and not yet officially sanctioned, but it’s already making its mark.

Savannah Burton of Toronto, once a player on the men’s team, will play on the women’s at the upcoming world championship in Las Vegas. “Growing up, I didn’t know of any trans athletes at all.” Burton told the Star in an interview. “People see me out there, and if it encourages them to play sports, I think that’s great.””

Champion runner jailed for attempted murder of UK Athletics official The Guardian

Transgender athlete Lauren Jeska repeatedly stabbed Ralph Knibbs after row over whether she should be able to compete in women’s races. Jeska was the women’s 2010, 2011 and 2012 English fell-running champion, and won the British Championship in 2012. However, Richard Atkins QC told the court the runner had “not provided the relevant samples to her testosterone levels and other relevant documentation” to the governing body and, as a result, had had her racing results declared void in September 2015.

Eight of Iran’s women’s football team ‘are men’ The Telegraph

Iran’s football association accused of being ‘unethical’ after it is claimed eight players in women’s national team are men awaiting sex change operations

 

And, finally, what happens when a female athlete starts transitioning?

Transgender boy wins girls’ state wrestling title for second time New York Post 25.02.18

“Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez — whom he beat for the title in 2017 — in the final match Saturday.

Video posted online showed a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd following Beggs’ win.”

 

 

 

Updated 12.03.19