As George Orwell once observed, “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” One such idea is the notion that someone who was born male and went through puberty as a male has no unfair advantage over female athletes as long as his/her/xir testosterone levels have been suppressed by hormone treatments.
This absurd notion has become the closest thing to Holy Writ that the left has these days, and anyone who dares question it is publicly pilloried for their “transphobia.” Nevertheless, the absurdity of it, and the unfairness to female athletes have become so blatant that some people are finally defying the thought police and standing up to state the obvious. These complaints by female athletes and their parents have goaded the Education Department into launching a formal investigation into whether this is a violation of the Title IX law against sex discrimination.
But then again, what is there to study? Isn’t the “science settled”? After all, we’ve been assured by such experts on biology as Rep. Ilhan Omar that “the myth that trans women have a ‘direct competitive advantage’ is not supported by medical science.” Well, hold the phone: the Federalist reports that a new study by New Zealand university researchers published in the Journal of Medical Ethics scientifically debunks this transparent nonsense.
The study found that male test subjects “did not lose significant muscle mass (or power)” when their testosterone levels were suppressed below Olympic Committee guidelines for transgender athletes. Furthermore, any mass, strength or power they lost at first could be regenerated through training thanks to muscle memory and the fact that opposite-sex hormones given post-puberty “did not alter the athletic-enhancing effects of testosterone on the male body.”
The researchers concluded that “transgender athletes born male have an ‘intolerable,’ or overwhelming, an advantage over biological women in athletic competition.” There’s much more at the link above, and it’s well worth reading in full. It’s probably both the most controversial and least surprising medical study in history.
So how will the media, politicians, and activists who’ve browbeaten us into not only not pointing out that the Emperor is naked but he’s also obviously not a woman, react to this study? I predict by ignoring its findings and attacking its researchers as transphobes.
If I’m right, then I think we all owe Joe Biden an apology. When he said, “We choose truth over facts,” we called it a “gaffe.” Maybe he was just grasping for a way to express his side’s utter contempt for facts.