Sport: inclusion versus equity

Since I like both sports and complicated debates, I have already told you about Lia Thomas.

Lia Thomas is this American male-born swimmer who competes in women’s competitions and triumphs by a wide margin.

Thomas never had surgery and delayed his hormone treatment after puberty for fear it would affect his ability to perform.

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At the time, I argued that inclusion should not come at the expense of justice.

A radio show and a few activists had responded, citing “the anecdote,” “the isolated case,” or my conservatism.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) just came to the same conclusion as I did.

Trans swimmers are now banned from participating in women’s events if the impersonation occurred after puberty.

One of the experts consulted by FINA, Dr. Sandra Hunter explains:

“Some of the benefits that men gain during puberty are ‘structural’ and are not lost with hormone suppression. […] That includes things like bigger lungs and hearts, longer bones, bigger feet and hands.”

FINA is now considering adding an ‘open’ category to the categories for men and women.

Trans athletes would have the choice between the “open” category or the male category.

In short, we are beginning to see that ideology does not reject biology and that concern for inclusion, a noble ideal, can lead to injustice.

Obviously we wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t a massive confusion between sex, gender and gender identity.

This confusion is due to ignorance and because it is perpetuated by militant lobbies.

Sex is a binary and unchanging biological reality: there are only two basic sex cells (eggs and spermatozoa), also called gametes, and surgery or other treatment doesn’t change that.

Gender are the stereotypes constructed by society, such as saying that a man “shouldn’t cry” or that a woman will be “emotional” or “manipulative.”

These stereotypes change over time and vary between cultures.

Gender identity is how a person positions themselves in relation to these social stereotypes, choosing to be macho, tomboy, baby, etc.

In the world of education, it has become risky to recall these truths or present objectively the arguments of those who do not endorse all of the claims made by trans lobbies.

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An example of confusion? At the last federal census, respondents were asked what gender they were “assigned at birth.”

Mistake ! Biological sex is not assigned, is noted. It’s not a decision or a choice.

Activists want to bring everything back to honest feelings: We are what we want.

Could a person born male “feel” their femininity with sufficient intensity to carry and bear a child?

There is no lasting advance in intellectual confusion and denial of science.

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