Some excerpts, in no particular order (emphasis mine):
There needs to be a way to write about this issue without reducing it to right vs left or religious vs secular.
Another point of view is that these are efforts to protect young women athletes and guarantee them a level playing field. For many high school aged girls their athletic performance is the ticket to a scholarship or college attendance. Competing against trans athletes, many who have not undergone surgical transformation and who clearly present with distinct physical advantages as in the case in Connecticut may make it impossible for girls to use this avenue to higher education.
This is not about denying trans athletes, and let's face it no boy athletes are going to be displaced, an opportunity to play a sport and compete. It is about fairness and the fact is young men have distinct physiological advantages and when they transition these advantages do not disappear.
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Exactly. I'm so tired of every issue be framed as a left vs. right, Dem vs. Republican.
I'm a liberal... have always been a liberal... will always be a liberal...
But I'm also a former athlete and sports writer. As a high school cross country runner, I could not crack our varsity line-up. (Our boys team finished third in the state my senior year, so it wasn't easy to be one of the five fastest guys on our team.) But I could keep up with the top girl on our team, who happened to be the fifth-best female runner in the entire state.
Despite the sub-header with this article, allowing transgender athletes to compete on women's and girls teams is not a "phony concern." This is about biology and the very real, as you put it, "distinct physiological advantages."
The best athlete I covered as a sports writer was an all-state volleyball and basketball player, who also won multiple state track and field championships. Most males, however, were faster than her and could jump higher.
I don't know what the solution would be here, other than to create separate teams for trans-athletes. Or do we just eliminate gender-based segregation in sports enitrely, setting aside a half-century of progress in women's sports?
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Males that are transitioning or have transitioned to females still have some biological advantages of being a male. That's just how it is. It's not wrong or prejudice to point that out and be critical of the advantage it plays.
Unfortunately, for it to truly be a level playing field, we would have to have gender neutral sports or separate transgender leagues. Both which seem like worse options.
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Nobody is “restricting” anyone’s rights.
As a matter of fact, voting against this would be solidifying women’s rights.
To put it another way, how many women commenting here feel comfortable competing in physical sports against men? How many mothers are ok with daughters having to compete for a sports scholarship in women’s sports against men?
Women’s rights just took a big hit.
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Or, you could frame this as protecting girls' and women's athletic leagues and competitions from boys and men who will overrun and outperform them. Because male bodies should compete against male bodies, and female against female, and that is not discrimination.
Framing trans athletes are victims is not being very honest.
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And my favorite:
It isn't just republicans concerned about men in women sports. Why is it always women's rights and spaces that are under attack from TRA'S? Expressing concern about the loss and erasure of women and women's hard fought for sex based rights and protections is now considered transphobic and hate speech. They are even trying to censor the words women use to define their experiences and their own bodies.
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Edited to actually make the asterisks make things bold in some places