More biological men are defeating more women in more sports but the women who are losing to those men are staying less quiet less often.
Cyclingweekly.com reported last year that Rachel McKinnon “entered the history books” after becoming the first transgender woman – a biological man – to win a cycling world title.
But that was just last year. McKinnon set a world record in recent weeks while qualifying for the 200-meter spring, then went on to defend his 2018 win, too, Fox News reported.
“It is not complicated. The science is there and it says that it is unfair,” Victoria Hood, a retired cycling champion, told the media after the 2018 race.
Hood’s science-based complaint about McKinnon’s testosterone levels was repeated in recent days when a female cyclist, who was defeated by McKinnon last year, watched him win yet again
“If we continue to let this happen,” said Jennifer Wagner-Assali, “there will be men’s sports and co-ed sports, but there won’t be an women’s sports.”
Wagner-Assali said she knew the 2018 competition was an “unfair” race but did her best to overcome the “unfairness” of allowing McKinnon to compete.
"This clearly isn't progress," observes Emilie Kao of The Heritage Foundation. "This is a regressive policy."
It’s just basic science that men are built differently from women, Kao says, and are hence stronger and faster than women.
“The testosterone effects on men,” she says, “last even after they've gone through hormonal treatments with estrogen, so it's simply unfair."
The Cycling Weekly story points out that transgender athletes have been allowed to compete in the Olympics dating back to 2004. But rules back then requiring gender surgery and two years of hormone therapy have been “relaxed” since 2015, so now there is no required surgery and testosterone limits are monitored 12 months prior to competition.
OneNewsNow reported earlier this year that the Journal of Medical Ethics called out the International Olympic Committee because its generous testosterone guidelines still favor biological men when competing side by side with a biological woman.
In addition to accusing his critics of “transphobia,” McKinnon pointed out that he hasn’t won any Olympic medals or “elite” world championships as supposed reasons for allowing him to compete and win.
Kao tells OneNewsNow the controversy really comes down to fairness.
"That's why we don't have adults competing against children and that's why, in the past, we haven't had men competing against women,” she says, “because it would destroy the fairness that underlies every good, robust, athletic competition.”