With its warm acceptance of biological male athletes who meet meager criteria to qualify as “transgender women,” the field of women’s sports is dangerously close to being officially dead.
The latest man to take advantage of society’s obsession with affirming transgenderism at any cost is “June” Eastwood, a biologically male runner representing the University of Montana in the NCAA’s top division.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, which praises Eastwood as a “trailblazer” who happened to be “assigned male at birth,” the college senior competed on the men’s track and cross country teams as recently as May of last year.
“I felt kind of stuck. I had done this running thing for so long and was pretty miserable doing it, because I was pretty miserable in men’s racing,” Eastwood said of his time on the men’s team and the quandary of following through with so-called “gender transitioning.”
It wasn’t until his senior year that Eastwood discovered the NCAA’s permissive transgender policy and decided to finally have his cake and eat it too, as it were. “I felt like I still had more years in me, and that I would regret it later on if I didn’t at least try to do what I am doing.”
“I am not in a position to know if June will gain an unfair advantage. It is not my area of expertise and therefore we rely on the policies as set by the NCAA,” University Athletic Director Kent Haslam told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The NCAA’s current policy requires male runners who identify as transgender women to suppress testosterone levels for a full calendar year before competing in women’s athletics. Of course, there is no objective standard grounded in actual science that can tell when a man is no longer a man, let alone when his physical advantage over women has been sufficiently snuffed out.
No, rather than impose reasonable, scientifically sound standards on such high stakes issues as competitive sports, the NCAA simply allows a man to take pills for a year and join the team. Seems legit.
As a June paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics stated, male athletes, even those who identify as “transgender women” and chemically suppress their testosterone levels, have an “intolerable” advantage over their female competitors.
What separates Eastwood apart from other male athletes competing in women’s divisions, however, is that he is being heralded as a sterling example that testosterone suppressants and estrogen pills effectively slow down even a top-performing athlete like him.
Let’s Run reports:
Eastwood did not “dominate” the competition as some transgender opponents predicted, but Eastwood did have a material impact on the meet. She said that she has been in full compliance with NCAA eligibility rules, as she has been taking pills to suppress her testosterone levels, and it was obvious that she was not as fast as she was while competing as a man. Eastwood did not win and was arguably a better runner, comparatively, competing as a man than competing as a woman (often, she was the #1 finisher on the Montana men’s team).
So, we’re supposed to believe that because Eastwood didn’t utterly shred his competition, the cases of other transgender athletes like Franklin Pierce University runner “CeCe” Telfer, a biological male who won an NCAA Division II women’s track and field championship in May, the male who shattered women’s weightlifting records, and the teenage boys dominating girls’ high school track in Connecticut are totally irrelevant?
Nope, not falling for it!
Let’s Run also adds that, in their opinion, the NCAA “still needs to implement much stricter guidelines on testosterone levels for transgender athletes.” Their seemingly moderate view is that, while a full calendar year of hormone suppression is a good start, there needs to be some sort of independent verification a maximum testosterone level to ensure a “level playing field.”
How about we simply require men to play on men’s teams and women to play on women’s teams?! What a novel idea!
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