It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.
– Martina Navratilova 18-time Tennis Grand Slam Champion
THIS IS NOT an affront on the LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender) movement; rather this is a commentary on a stupid or – as 18-time tennis grand slam champion Martina Navratilova, herself a lesbian, call – “insane” decision of the International Olympic Committee to allow transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports.
Excerpts from an article for the DailyMail.com by Kelly McLaughlin:
Transgender athletes to be allowed to compete as the other sex in the Olympics without having gender reassignment surgery
The Olympics are reportedly adopting a new policy that opens the field of competition to transgender athletes.
The International Olympic Committee received proposed guidelines in November from its ‘Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism’, which allow for broader policies that would include transgender athletes.
Olympic officials have not confirmed the new guidelines, which have already been adopted by other regulatory sports organizations, but the policy is available on the organization’s website.
The policy change would be in line with NCAA standards in the United States, which allow male-to-female and female-to-male transgender athletes to compete without having gender reassignment surgery, according to ESPN.
The current Olympic rules acknowledge transgender athletes’ right to compete, but with specific provisions under the Stockholm Consensus, which was adopted in 2004.
The policies, adopted before the Athens Olympics, say transgender athletes have to have gender reassignment surgery and have legal recognition of the gender they were assigned at birth. They also have to have undergone at least two years of hormone replacement therapy after surgery.
The proposed new rules would allow transgender athletes to compete after one year of hormone replacement therapy and no surgery is required.
Your sexual preference or what you fancy yourself to be does not define your sex. If you’re born with a penis and testicles you are a male; likewise if you are born with a vagina and ovaries you are a female and no liberal, politically correct nonsense, hormonal injections and surgical alterations will change that because at the end of the day you are just a surgically altered male or female.
And we segue to what Martina Navratilova, perhaps the only if not the first world-class tennis champion who came out as a lesbian in a time when admitting one was a lesbian or gay meant putting one’s career and life at stake.
Excerpts from the Feb. 19, 2019 article for bleacherreport.com by Rob Goldberg:
Martina Navratilova: Transgender athletes in women’s sport is insane, cheating
Martina Navratilova does not believe transgender women should be able to compete against ciswomen.
The former tennis star wrote an op-ed in the Sunday Times detailing why she feels the practice is unfair.
“It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair,” Navratilova wrote.
The 62-year-old came out in 1981 and has been a gay rights activist after her playing career, but she thinks men would force their way into women’s competitions if transgender women are allowed to compete.
“To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires,” she wrote.
Different organizations have different rules for eligibility, but the International Olympic Committee does require testosterone to be below a certain level in order for transgender women to compete.
This essay comes a few months after Navratilova first created controversy with a tweet in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion wrote. “There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”
Of course, I fully agree with Martina Navratilova and its quite ironic that one of the very first athletes who stood up proudly as a lesbian is now standing up against the hypocrisy and stupidity in sports.
This is an insult to natural women and degrades their very essence as a woman to perform their best and compete in sports.
Natural women should be up in arms against this insult and disrespect; it seems nothing is sacred anymore.
Just imagine if LeBron James suddenly identifies himself as a “woman” and competes in the WNBA and women’s basketball in the Olympics, or if Usain Bolt also identifies himself as a “woman” and competes in women’s track and field in the Olympics.
Or worst, Michael Phelps wearing women’s swimsuit with his penis and testicles quite obvious, competing in swimming in the Olympics as a “woman” just because he suddenly identifies himself as a “woman.”
Sports, the last remaining venue where one competes in an atmosphere of fairplay and you win because of hard training and one’s natural talent as a natural woman or man, is shattered because of some liberal politically correct nonsense. (firstname.lastname@example.org/PN)