My younger readers, assuming I have any, don’t remember that, throughout the Cold War, the Communists, especially the East Germans, were reputed to be using feminized men to compete in women’s Olympic events. The benefit, of course, is that, no matter how the feminists try to deny it, men are stronger than women and, in nose to nose competition, they will win. This is a biological reality. (I can’t find a link, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that the end of the Cold War revealed that those suppositions were, in fact, true.)
In a move the East Germans and other Soviets would love, the LGPA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) has removed from its constitution the requirement that LPGA members must be female from birth. It did so in response to a suit filed by a person who started life as a man but, thanks to modern medicine, now has the hormones and external physical attributes of a woman.
Did you notice how carefully I phrased the description of the litigant, who rejoices under the name Lana Lawless? I didn’t do that to be offensive to transgendered people. I did it to make the point that, hormones and surgery notwithstanding, Lawless, and others similarly situated, still have a lot of man left in them — which gives them a distinct competitive advantage. Think of shoulder joints, for example. Women cannot throw balls the way men can, because women’s shoulders are differently jointed. This accounts for the bizarre pitching style in women’s softball.
I’m not suggesting that droves of men are going to turn into women simply so that they can shine in women’s competitive sports. It does seem unfair, however, to allow someone who has a man’s body, no matter how it’s been altered, to compete on equal terms with women.