In the cases of transgender athletes getting an unfair advantage
there is one particular brutal case, and that is Fallen Fox. Fox, who was assigned male at birth, lived most of her life as a man, even serving in the Navy, before transitioning to a woman. She is now an MMA fighter who fights other women. She literally broke the skull of one of her opponents. She is physically a man fighting other women, even if she decides to live her life as a woman.
Testosterone levels are one of the key factors that makes the difference between male and female athletes. Fox had 20+ years of a man’s testosterone levels. High school wrestler Mack Beggs was born female and transitioned to a man by taking testosterone. He was still competing with women (due to rules, not choice). In 2017 his record was 57-0 and in 2018 it was 32-0. He was undefeated when competing with women. He was a good wrestler, but not number one when he later started competing with other men
Here is where the testosterone debate gets tricky: some women (and men) are naturally born with unusual levels of testosterone. Caster Semenya, a South African mid-distance runner born with high levels of testosterone. The IAAF rules are that women born with these levels have to medicate themselves to lower their testosterone levels; something Semenya did at first but then refused to do due to complications with the medicine, which rendered her unable to compete. She was a good sprinter, but certainly not an undefeated athlete among women, so she’s not on the men’s level of physicality.
What are the indicators that that allows you to compete with your sex? Birth sex, identified sex or testostrone levels? Since Fallon Fox and Lia Thomas have the physical build of men, perhaps they should be allowed to compete with men even though they identify as women? Beggs took medication which gave him an advantage over women in sports, but if he were born with higher testosterone levels, then that would’ve just been winning the genetic lottery from a wrestling perspective. Or should she (if he never transitioned) be forced to compete with men because of the testosterone?
Biological sex is real and makes a tremendous difference in sports, but how do we deal with the athletes that don’t simply fit in one category?
What do you think the solution is for trans athletes? Let us know in the comments.