“Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged President Joe Biden’s Education Secretary nominee on his statement it is ‘appropriate’ to allow boys to compete in girls’ sports by asking, ‘What planet are you from?’” Democrats claim to be “about the science” until the science gets in the way of a political agenda. Will Paul’s impeccable logic make a difference? No! Damn the morality and science—full steam ahead!
The transgender chickens are coming home to roost. It’s no longer just bathrooms. Sports are being affected by the fiction of transgenderism. If a boy identifies as a girl, then why can’t he/she compete with girls in basketball, softball, or track and field? Given “transgender” logic, it would be discriminatory to deny a “transgender” boy-to-girl the right to compete with the girls.
Case in point:
“High school girls in Alaska are crying foul after a male sprinter took home all-state honors in girls’ track and field. According to local reports, it was the first time in Alaskan history that a male athlete competed in the girls’ state championships.
“Haines senior Nattaphon Wangyot advanced to the state finals in the 100-meter and 200-meter events. He won fifth place in the 100-meter dash and third place in the 200-meter. In both events, he competed against girls as young as ninth grade.” (Source)
It’s only in the other planet world of transgender mandates that DNA and biology are of no scientific or rational relevance. (The same is true for abiogenesis and global warming.) When there’s an agenda to pursue, science need not apply.
Instinctively and empirically we all know men and women are not equal when it comes to sports. That’s why there are men and women versions of the same sport.
Let’s take track and field. There isn’t a single event where women could compete against men. You can view a side-by-side comparison here. It’s not even close. In the pole vault, the difference in world records is nearly four feet. High schoolers repeatedly jump higher than the women’s world record in the pole vault every year. Armand “Mondo” Duplantis broke the high school record in the pole vault with a jump of 19’ 10”. The girls’ record is 14’ 9”—more than a five-foot difference.
An article appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot News about Ryan Whiting and his 70-foot throw that broke the Pennsylvania state high school record in 2005. (Whiting’s record was broken by Jordan Geist with a throw of 74’ 3.5”.)
A comment was left by a reader of the online story about how remarkable Whiting’s throw was given the fact that the men’s world record was just five feet farther (75’ 10”). On the surface, Whiting’s distance seems close to that of an Olympic athlete.
If you dig a little deeper, however, you’ll learn that in high school the shot weighs 12 pounds for boys. At the college and Olympic levels, it weighs 16 pounds, a 25 percent difference in weight.
The girls and boys high school shot put records aren’t even close. In 1979, Michael Carter threw the shot 81’ 3” (12 pounds) at the Golden West Invitational, one of the greatest athletic feats ever.
In 2003, Michael Carter’s daughter Michelle set the girls’ national record with a throw of 54’ 10” (8 pounds). In 2014, her record was broken and now stands at 56’ 8.24”. There’s a difference of nearly 25 feet and 4 pounds.
The women’s international shot put record is 74’ 3”. Again, the distance seems to be close to that of the men’s record of 75’ 10” until you learn that the woman’s shot weighs 8.8 pounds, a 45 percent difference in weight: 8.8 pounds v. 16 pounds.
As much as they might try, there is nothing the courts and congress can do to make up for differences between the sexes. The greatest woman’s basketball player could not compete against the worst NBA player. The same is true in baseball, football, and track and field.