The important observation here

By conflating gender and sex, I would argue we fudge the very reason we have sex categories in sport: the male performance advantage.

That observation being about our society – that someone needs, even in The Guardian, to insert that “I would argue” bit into a blindingly obvious statement of truth.

That social construct of gender, hell, do whatever. There are those times though that the universe’s realities concerning sex intervene and must be noted and dealt with.

We might even use gender and sex to differentiate between these two things. Gender being whatever we decide it is whether collectively or individually, sex being that immutable imposed by reality. Even then sex is often to near always not an important distinction except sometimes it is. The task is then to work out when it is.

Breaking skulls in a boxing match might be one of those times. You know, maybe?

But the International Olympic Committee tweaked its guidelines in 2015 to allow athletes such as Hubbard to compete in the women’s category, provided their total testosterone level in serum is kept below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months. Transgender men face no restrictions in the male category for obvious reasons.

Quite, the thing is it’s obvious both ways but only one ever gets talked about……

14 thoughts on “The important observation here”

  1. The weird thing about all of this is why no male tennis player has decided to identify as female in order to win Wimbledon and £1 million prize. If I was slogging around on the tennis circuit at about number 150 earning 30 or 40 grand a year I think I could be persuaded to play in a skirt for one season.

  2. @Interested,
    Plus, you would only have to play 3/5ths as long, at the most, for the same cash prize.

  3. @Recusant

    I think there would be a lot of dignity in doing it if you were doing it to show how absurd and disgusting the system had become. Obviously the million quid would help too.

  4. I suppose the next Prez of the US really ought to be a trannie. Are there any signs of early manoeuvres?

  5. @Alex – nah. That one went all the way and had the surgery, and also never won anything. The law of the land in the UK says that you now basically only have to say you’re a woman to be one (no need to chop anything off, you have to wear a skirt for two years and find a couple of quacks to back you up), and I don’t think any WTA challenge to that would survive in court.

    Technically, you also have to say that you intend to remain a woman all your life, but we can all have a change of heart and it would surely be very trans-transgenderist to deny that a man who became a woman could later become a man again.

  6. Despite never having been a top male pro, Riggs did manage to beat Pam Shriver and Hana Mandlikova plus a couple of others, who were both 30 years or so younger than him. I think the Venus ladies might have been beyond his powers, as they are for most women players

  7. Dennis, A Vast Reservior of Toxic Masculinity

    The Olympics are going to be a bigger shitshow than usual. I can hardly wait to miss them.

  8. “We might even use gender and sex to differentiate between these two things. ”

    I would argue we shouldn’t..

    Sex = the mostly horizontal sport that makes babies.
    Gender = the distinctive biological differentiation developed to make babies happen while performing the above.

    Going beyond that would be something like “perceived gender” , for those cases where pathology is needed, and “psychopathological gender perception” for the screaming snowflakes.
    Nicely puts the problem where it belongs: psychology.

    Hell.. you even need to use english to even get to this level of confusion/sillyness.. In all other nominally germanic languages you even can’t express this tosspottery without either using english, or inventing completely new words..
    Not deep enough versed in the latin-derived languages, but afaik you can’t do it in those either.

  9. In boxing it’s not breaking skulls [not that was ever the problem – Queensberry introduced gloves to protect the hands not the heads which were tougher than the hands] but the permitted target area for the boxers; female boxers’ chests are off-target but their heads are on-target so their skulls actually get *more* battered than the men’s.

  10. Admittedly Fallon Fox may have fractured its opponent’s skull but it could not have done so by boxing unless it’s opponent fell badly onto a hard floor – the skull is not part of the target area. A boxer can break teeth, a nose, a cheekbone, a jaw, even fracture the forehead but not the skull (unless skull has a different definition in american).

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