Tuesday, February 19, 2019


FROM CNN: "Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been criticized after claiming it is a form of "cheating" for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women's sport."

Some background.


This subject matter is difficult because it is evolving fast. Even within the transgender community [not necessarily now an accepted term] there is an endless war of words on how to define gender.

Several years before Jorgensen died she was on Opra and told an audience of transgender women, if as a woman you are happy with a penis you are a woman with a penis.  If you need the surgery to feel complete then have the surgery.  She then went on to say she did not regret her surgery.

We now know gender can be identified in the brain.  We know based on brain identification there are woman with either a penis or or vagina.  Other than through a fabricated social construct created of thousands of years of word development and survival based on the times there is no scientific evidence it is abnormal for a woman to have a penis.

Within the community there is a lot of discussion on  this issue, and they can be mean to each other over it.  My niece is full post operative.  That was her choice.  But others are not and they are divided among themselves on this issue.


"Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, wrote on Sunday that this debate had led to her going away to do more research on the subject, adding: "Well, I've now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened.
"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.
"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."
This is so similar to the bathroom issue.  I have favored family bathrooms as the solution.  But you cannot expect little girls and their parents to not be horrified when a massive body building man walks into the ladies room because the law says because he has a vagina he must use the ladies room.  But I acknowledge and respect all of the concerns of the parents.  They cannot be dismissed.

So Martina raises  the issue of transgender women who still produce testosterone because as a women they are comfortable with a penis.  Does this give them an unfair advantage in professional sports?

This is not a discriminatory discussion raised by Martina.  It merits discussion, but probably with no solution.

Years ago a South African woman was banned from professional sports because her xy's were not what medical science generally defines as a woman.  It was a random decision based on averages.

Are we going to ban women from sports who are genetically more prone to build muscle faster than the average woman?  It is real.

The point of this piece is the gender spectrum desperately needs honest and frank discourse if we are to address these issues.  Martina came out when nearly every other famous gay person was in the closet.  She brought meaningful change to our public image.  Her question is an honest question.  The problem is there is probably no answer.  But that fact does not make her anti-transgender.

But I am confused that we are fine with men who can build muscle fast and big in ways other men cannot, but if a woman can do the same thing, then we have a question mark.  But then if some of those women have extra testosterone because they have testicles, they are disqualified.  Not all women have he same estrogen testosterone balance, same for men.  So where do we define the line.

This debate is many things but when it comes from someone with the leadership Martina has shown in the past it is not based on bias but based on a desire for fairness, standards, and answers.

I personally have no answer to the question and am on the fence supporting both sides.  We are caught in a social construct which is dividing us. Maybe the time is here to end this social construct and rethink gender.

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