The American Civil Liberties’ Union has taken to Twitter to defend the rights of trans individuals in the world of sports after many complaints have been issued regarding the involvement of biological men, or trans women, in women’s sports.
In a thread, the ACLU debunked four myths regarding the involvement of trans individuals in the sport, using their own facts in order to comprehensively shut down those who deny trans people participation ‘with the people they identify with’.
What are the ACLU’s facts?
The ACLU has moved quickly to post what they believe to be verifiable, biological facts regarding trans people in the sport after numerous states acted to ban biological men from participating in women’s sport.
They begin the thread by stating that bans against trans people in sport are ‘discriminatory, harmful, and unscientific’, before going to cite for their first fact that ‘trans girls and girls’, in order to debunk the ‘myth’ that sex is binary.
They claim that biology, nor gender identity, are not binary, before claiming that sex and gender do not have a ‘set amount of characteristics’, basically implying that we are all different.
This is false from a biological standpoint, and anyone who studied basic biology in school will know this.
The next two myths that the ACLU ‘debunk’ are regarding trans athletes, more so the fact that trans athletes, particularly those who are biological men, have an unfair advantage if they compete in the gender category to which they claim membership; that being women.
The third fact then goes onto claim that excluding trans women from women’s sport will ‘hurt all women’, again this is not the case.
MMA community doesn’t think so
In 2014, an MMA fight took place between Fallon Fox, a biological man competing in the women’s division, and Tamikka Brents, a biological woman.
The fight ended with Brents being taken to hospital with a broken skull as she was beaten so badly by Fox.
She even went on to say that she is an ‘abnormally strong female in my own right’ after saying that she ‘had never felt more overpowered’ in her life.
Joe Rogan, a talk show host, and UFC commentator gave his thoughts on Fallon Fox being allowed to fight women, despite being a biological man.
He stated that if you look at ‘a man’s hands and you look at a woman’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’.
Remember, this then became the case in point after Fox beat Brents so hard that her skull was broken as a result.
Transgender women are just too good to compete with women
In 2018, if more proof is needed for the gap between male and female athletes, the United States Women’s Soccer side, a team regarded as the greatest women’s team that ever played the sport, were beaten 5-2 by the FC Dallas U-15 boy’s side, 3 years after a famous World Cup final win against Japan.
Their final ‘fact’ is to claim that trans people should not be on separate sports teams, after Chase Strangio, a transgender attorney at ACLU, cited that the belief that men are better athletes and that sex is within a binary are ideas that are ‘rooted in white supremacy and misogyny’, despite all of the biological facts that state otherwise.
The ACLU, and anyone who believes it’s completely fair for women to have to compete against biological men, will need to explain how these two events happened; Fox v Brents and the best women’s football side getting trounced by a bunch of schoolboys.
If they still believe that it has nothing to do with biological variables, then the fact is they’re lying and damaging the prospects of young women and girls who want to have a successful career in sport.