Interesting stuff

There were anguished op-eds about trans people dominating women’s sports when Renée Richards competed in 1976; 45 years later, the only trans tennis player I’m aware of is, er, Renée Richards.

As Ms. Richards points out:

“Having lived for the past 30 years, I know if I’d had surgery at the age of 22, and then at 24 went on the tour, no genetic woman in the world would have been able to come close to me. And so I’ve reconsidered my opinion.”

18 thoughts on “Interesting stuff”

  1. Women’s tennis is one of the few (if not the only) female sports where the top players can make multi-millions. There’s little real incentive for, say, a footballer playing in the lower leagues to self-identify as a woman and play in the female game for not much (if any) more money. But if you’re a male tennis player nearing the end of your career and never having quite made it into the top 500, the temptation to don a pair of frilly knickers and win every women’s grand slam tournament is surely there. I assume there must be rules about testosterone levels etc, since this doesn’t seem to happen.

  2. The moment a moderately talented 20 something (unlike Dr Richards who started playing in the WTA aged 43) has the chutzpah to enter tournaments the fun will really start. The Karsten Braasch encounter with both Williams sisters will be made to look tame by comparison.

  3. Bongo
    LOL. Last line of the article is beautiful “ Expect to see further greatness to come from a genuine profile in courage.”

    John Lewis.
    “He was well-noted for his service motion and his habit of smoking during changeovers.”
    I’d not heard of him before, but he seems an interesting character, and clearly too good for even a Williams sister.

  4. So he started playing professional tennis in his forties against women two decades younger. What does that say about the effect of brute force in most sports?
    Good to see he lost to Virginia Wade in the first round – lucky draw.

  5. A blog post written by a geezer, about geeezers. No actual women get mentioned at all.
    And this is somehow “femininism”? Why?

  6. Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is one of the most malign forces in the world today, and it specialises in fuelling division.

    Yes, yes, it’s Rupert Murdoch who is to blame for division, bigots. Now be sure to memorise my bespoke gender pronouns and wax my balls or I’m calling the police.

    As Sophie said, “Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhhhh”

  7. Now be sure to memorise my bespoke gender pronouns and wax my balls or I’m calling the police.

    Careful, you’ll get done for sexualities harassment using language like that.

    The correct term is ladybollocks, or ladyballs for polite company

  8. Just an aside – I did know, slightly, a trans who was an amateur tennis player about 40 years ago. The individual (I don’t know whether to use “he”, “she” or “it”) won the club ladies’ championship on a couple of occasions. I can still remember my vicarious enjoyment when a young lady informed that she had won that year’s final against the much bigger and stronger ex-Rugby player, even after all this time.
    It seems the writer is somewhat unaware of the subject about which it is talking. Or, since it is “Bigmouth”, just chooses to ignore inconvenient facts.

  9. Its entirely possible that the reason that for the last 45 years the only trans tennis player was Richards is because no one would tolerate any others.

    Now they do.

  10. She is setting her sights on becoming one of the first openly transgender Olympians
    Another one in the sporting stable; Olympics, Paralympics, TransOlympics.

    What next? Non-Binarympics

  11. Would the Cock-in-a-Frock be ok with transgender MMA fighters beating the living daylights out of female MMA fighters? Like wot Fallon Fox did.

  12. Would the Cock-in-a-Frock be ok with transgender MMA fighters beating the living daylights out of female MMA fighters?

    Yes. Trannies hate real women.

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