Transworld Sport

This story amused me:

A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won a women’s world championship cycling event on Sunday.

Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of Charleston, won the women’s sprint 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.

McKinnon, representing Canada, bested Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist Jennifer Wagner to take home the gold.

Here’s a pic:

Bit of a difference in physiques, eh? Now we’ve seen similar madness before: a male weightlifter from New Zealand competed in the women’s categories and unsurprisingly cleaned up:

The 39-year-old lifted 123kg in the snatch discipline, and then produced a clean-and-jerk lift of 145kg for a 268kg total – 19kg better than the second-placed competitor.

And we also had Fallon Fox, a biological male fighting in the female category of mixed martial arts, inflicting serious damage on his opponents, some of whom were not aware their opponent was a man. There’s also the

Now we’re obviously down the rabbit hold of gender insanity here, but let’s step back a minute and look at this:

Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of Charleston, won the women’s sprint 35-39 age bracket…

Okay, nobody gives a damn about women’s sprint cycling in the 35-39 age bracket, relatively speaking. It’s a shame for the real women who trained hard only to be beaten by a man, but cycling at this level is at best a hobby. I expect outside family members and a few die-hard cyclists who were there for other events, nobody even watched this race. Weighlifting is no more popular than cycling, but the Kiwi bloke who won was at least participating in a top-tier event. Similarly, Fallon Fox’s last professional MMA fight was in 2014, before the sport was as popular as it is now.

My point is I reckon this nonsense will be stopped dead in its tracks as soon as trans women start trying to compete in women’s sports in events which draw reasonable crowds of serious fans and there is money at stake. There is no way the MMA is going to put a man in to fight a woman on the undercard of a fight like McGregor v Nurmagomedov, for example. Similarly, if a trans woman tried playing tennis at Wimbledon, they’d be told to sod off in no uncertain terms. The paying public simply wouldn’t tolerate seeing a bad male tennis player thrash the top female stars into 6-0 6-0 losses.

The closest we’ve come to allowing trans women to participate in popular events (and I use that term loosely) is in Australia’s AFL, and they’re approaching it gingerly indeed. In August this year, after much humming and hawing, they came out with this:

The AFL has put forward an AFL transgender policy proposal at a meeting on Wednesday between the AFL and transgender athletes that would see potential AFLW footballers required to have blood testosterone levels maintained below five nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) for 24 months.

Which is a fudge, because other attributes like muscle mass, height, and lung capacity will remain very much male, but at least they’re applying some criteria. So my guess is this topic will provide amusing stories every now and again, and it really does suck for the genuine females who deserve gold medals in fringe sports which will now be denied them, but it won’t go any further than that.

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23 thoughts on “Transworld Sport

  1. I would quite like to see the world number 374 thrash Serena Williams, just as a reminder of how ridiculous the claims for gender equality at Wimbledon are.

    Anything that might stop the BBC et al pretending that anyone cares about women’s football, or that it is any good, has to be a good thing.

    I also think you might be over optimistic from the women’s sport point of view – the mess that was made with Caster Semenya does not suggest that it will all be sorted quickly and sensibly.

  2. I hate to sound cynical, but you do have to wonder what’s going through the minds of the ladies on either side of the, er, winner.

    They’re probably absolutely fuming inside I’d imagine, but are terrified of being branded transphobic if they do anything other than smile.

  3. the mess that was made with Caster Semenya does not suggest that it will all be sorted quickly and sensibly.

    To be fair, that was a much more difficult case. Semenya was born a woman, just a rather manly one. She wasn’t an obvious man who decided one day he’d rather be a woman and started growing his hair long.

  4. @DavidThompson
    I hate to sound cynical, but you do have to wonder what’s going through the minds of the ladies on either side of the, er, winner.

    It’s either:

    “Xer’s going to hand over that medal so fast tomorrow when I sue xer for sexual harassment”

    or:

    “Boy, is *he* in for a surprise when he joins all 26 of us gals at the ‘competitors-only-celebratory-lesbian-orgy’ in 30 minutes…”

  5. I wonder if it’s ever occurred to the male trans competitors that their decision to compete as women, while retaining all of the physical advantages of men, may be doing significant harm to the ostensible goal of trans acceptance. It’s one thing to be polite and pretend that a person is not what they objectively are; but at some point, the phrase that comes to mind is taking the piss.

  6. I wonder what really motivates these trans blokes. It’s a bit like that rapist who grew his hair and put on a bit of makeup, claimed to be a woman, and then got sent to a women’s prison. Big surprise, he was a sex pest, touching up the women in jail.

    If a man can’t make it in men’s sport, AND he’s a got a serious personality disorder, then there’s always the option of claiming female status and really beating shit out of women in public. That’ll show those bitches!

  7. Anyone remember the Futurama episode where this happened? This isn’t the 21st century I expected.

  8. Yes, this is spot on.

    But this is gearing up for the fight. Some of these men are trolling and if they aren’t stopped now, they’ll be trying for Wimbledon. It’s going to be fun watching the feminists fighting the trans activists.

  9. There doesn’t seem to be any easy answers.

    Born a man? Compete in the men’s or not at all.
    Born a woman? Take your pick. (because a woman is going to just get trounced in the men’s so it doesn’t matter).

    But that isn’t going to meet with the approval of the looney tunes who think this stuff is anything other than a mental illness.

  10. I think it would actually be pretty hard to keep trans women out of Wimbledon, since the courts ruled in the Renee Richards case that they have a right to compete in the women’s bracket at the US Open. Of course US law doesn’t apply in the UK, but there would be a huge amount of pressure from all the usual suspects to let them play. Are the people in charge of Wimbledon mentally strong enough to stand up to the online tranny mob? I have my doubts.

  11. Easy solution – All sports – no gender separation. Can’t beat the guys? Tough! Bye bye (virtually) all female professional athletes.

    Complaints? You want equality, you get it – hard and fast!

  12. “some of whom were not aware their opponent was a man. There’s also the”

    It seems you a sentence, or perhaps a few words, there Tim…

  13. Easy solution – All sports – no gender separation. Can’t beat the guys? Tough! Bye bye (virtually) all female professional athletes.

    Complaints? You want equality, you get it – hard and fast!

    I think that’s the only logical solution, I don’t think that the people who shout loudly about equality would be keen though.

    Renee Richards shows the problem for women’s sport – number 20 in the world at 45, despite not being top level as a man.

  14. This bid for ‘equality’ is going the way it should do — basically, by screwing up fair play and reasonable behaviour. So either you make all sports gender-free (in which case goodbye women’s events and no chance of ‘gentlemen’ being gentle) or you have a strict segregation again and ask if the competitor has testicles (or once had balls) the men in frocks aren’t allowed in.

    But the fun thing here is all those women who wanted equality for men-who-wannabe-women have effectively voted to be second-or-third class citizens in their own sports.

    As they say, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at how its all working out.

  15. Why do you keep calling them trans women? They are men, period. A mammal cannot change sexes, and gender is a verb first and foremost, or a synonym for sex in another context. By calling them women I think you’re pretty much validating them. They are men.

  16. I admire David Thompson, but I had to adjust this comment from him:

    “I hate to sound cynical, but you do have to wonder what’s going through the minds of the ladies on either side of the, er, winner.”

    Surely that should be:

    “I hate to sound cynical, but you do have to wonder what’s going through the minds of the ladies on either side of the, er, wiener.”

    Sorry, David.

  17. “My point is I reckon this nonsense will be stopped dead in its tracks as soon as trans women start trying to compete in women’s sports in events which draw reasonable crowds of serious fans and there is money at stake. ”

    I’m actually surprised no enterprising bloke has had a go at the women’s 100m. The prize money is serious and given even an average male athlete can win, there is a large pool of prospective chancers.

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