Should there be legal restrictions on trans athletes competing in schools?
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I think this is one of those cases where common sense has to prevail.
On the one hand, there likely will never be enough transgender athletes in a given school, much less a given school district, to warrant their own sports, at least until a successor to Title IX is made law and forces the issue.
On the other hand, simply lumping them in with the girls' sports is creating a major disparity and threatens to kick girls out of their own sports.
Frankly, I cannot come up with a good compromise to team sports; you cannot significantly handicap a transgender MTF basketball player or field hockey player to make her the equal of even the best female athlete in the entire district. But in individual sports, there should be a way to handicap than transgender athletes to at least make things more fair. I mean, if there are men's tees, women's tees, and senior's tees in golf, is there nothing that can be done for track & field?
I also wonder where we draw the line in determining how much effort society should put into accommodating the one while compromising the many. That is, we may feel good that we are creating inclusivity for the one transgender athlete, but it's not a victory if we do it at the expense of all the girls who now have no competitive chance.
There's an old saying that hard cases make bad law. I do not deny the personal heartbreak of parents with gender dysphoric children. I do not deny the heartbreak of dysphoric children wanting desperately to fit in and never able to do so.
Yet we've spent generations building women's sports programs from secondary schools through universities and Olympics. It would destroy the whole system if transgender women (with the muscular and skeletal advantages biological males have) come to dominate it.
The world record in female weight lifting is held by a transgender woman with male muscle mass. So is the female long distance bicycling record.
We complained bitterly back in the 70s and 80s when East German women athletes dominated sports by using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. That's exactly what's happening, however, in some high school sports programs as gender dysphoric girls take steroids to transition to males and yet compete in female sports.
So the question becomes how do we accept the transgendered women without stripping biological women of their hard earned rights.