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1 hour ago, Devil said:

Only issue with that is there isn't enough competitors to justify having a separate category at this time. 

As others have said, each to their own, how someone chooses to live their life is their own choice but I'm a firm believer that if you make certain life choices you have to accept that if your interested in physical sports you can't compete in female competition as you have an unfair advantage. 

You don't get more physical than weight lifting.

Yes, these multi-sporting events don't add any new sport or category unless there are enough medals to give in the end but this might increase their participation and make sports more inclusive for them. From what I understood these types of individual sports are cheaper than team sports usually, you just need a system in place to prepare them in a given time. Look at China's rise in Olympics. I'm sure trans can focus on a certain sports at these events like even most counties to do increase their medal tally

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On 22/06/2021 at 18:46, Danny said:

This topic will open a can of worms in terms of what is considered an advantage to an athlete, because there are plenty of advantages that we accept within sport. Michael Phelps is literally built like a fish, physically there is no one that could compete with him because of the advantage he gained from his body shape. There is no real difference between the advantage gained from body shape and the advantage gained from going through puberty as a male, or the advantage of a non-trans woman having higher testosterone levels than other women. Prior to this what we use to create a definitive difference in athletes has been fairly arbitrary in that it's simply male and female, and even the scientific components that we use to create the difference between the sexes can be argued. I.e. are you still a woman if you can't give birth, don't have breasts etc.

Where we are at the moment is a battleground where trans people don't want to be excluded from competing within the race that their gender puts them in and non trans people not wanting to lose in a race where they haven't had the same advantage of growing up with male testosterone, and then also athletes such as Caster Semenya who were born female and simply have a higher testosterone count that most women. And even then it's debatable how much of an advantage that gives her as there is no proof that she is benefiting from the more potent male testosterone and has the correct receptors to use it.

That's what I gathered from reading a research paper and listening to a Sky Sports podcast on my lunch break today anyway :ph34r:

 

From my very limited experience and research in this field, I feel like we will eventually move to a point where differences in athletes is less based on gender alone and becomes more based on grouping of testosterone levels, female and male.

On a side note, what was interesting was research done on I believe the US Airforce where they kept records on trans recruits and essentially trans women (male to female) generally lose their competitive edge over females after 1 year of taking blockers when it comes to strength, i.e. push ups. But it took over two years for trans women to lose their competitive edge when it came to running, which goes against the evidence supplied by the Olympic Committee that they lose their muscle (I think they measured this through MRI scans) advantage after just one year.

What is certain is that if you accept in law that trans women are women then you will have to eventually alter how you differentiate the athletes through a metric that easier to measure i.e. testosterone levels (taking into account male testosterone vs female) or...you accept the competitive advantage trans women have had is no different to the advantage that someone physically has that isn't testosterone based, i.e. a Michael Phelps.

One of the arguments is that as you said some people are genetically better at some sports.  If I was to practise all the time there would still be some women who would run faster than me etc because of their genetics despite me being male. I think in general though if you take the elite of men and women in alot of sports men will out perform them. It's not always the case, there are some sports women are better at like synchronised swimming and some gymnastics. There is however the social issues as well. Men tend to take part in more sports so you would expect more men to be at the top it's not always genetic. I do have a lot of sympathy for trans athletes. However as far as I am aware they dont debate what their natural sex is they debate their gender. Which if you look in the dictionary is a different thing and is more about how you identify as a person. Therefore you could argue that you arent saying they cant compete because of their gender its their sex which they are less likely to debate. I do think it is very important to trans athletes though and I think some people dont get that at times. Like you said though the more we learn the more we know that some people wont be able to compete with other athletes no matter what they do as they have a genetic advantage. As we understand these genetic advantages more saying trans athletes cant enter because of a generic advantage becomes harder to justify 

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Penn State female athletes finally speaking out about it.  thry did so in a very respectful manner but what they say rings true.   Lia Thomas before "transitioning" was ranked 452nd in men's collegiate swimming, "she" is absolutely destroying females and costing them opportunities.   

 

if one was really liberal then men pretending to be woman for competitive edge would be a moral outrage as it spits in the face of actual female performers.  

to highlight the dominance of males vs females in Australia a school of boys asked to compete in the top league of netball and completely destroyed the girls teams by on average 30pt win margins including the 7 year rolling champions.    

the average male athlete holds a significant physical advantage over the equal average female athletes.  if the men's US hockey team plays the female team it will be a American football score.

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4 hours ago, Waylander said:

I really think if men are going to be transgender and become women they should be advised not to do sports professionally.  Does not seem a major sacrifice to me............

or encourage transgender divisions

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It's really rather simple... if you're born with a dyiick then you cannot compete in Women's sports for the remainder of your life. Whether you decide to tuck in in to make a pretend vagina or chop it off, it's irrelevant - you shouldn't be able to compete.

Can you imagine that happening in boxing or mma? Where people's lives are on the line? Why should it be different in other sports where some women work their whole life to reach the pinnacle? To then see a confused born male come and unfairly compete against them in a women's sport.

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4 minutes ago, DeadLinesman said:

 

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9983177/Outrage-transgender-MMA-fighter-defeats-French-woman.html

 

Disclaimer. - I don’t read the mail. It’s the first link that was there 😂

I did think .. shall I have a search bit I thought noooooo it will not happen. Definitely wouldn’t in boxing :ph34r:

In all seriousness I find it disgusting to be honest in combat sport should any transgender fight against born women. 

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11 minutes ago, Cicero said:

Just make a separate Coed team for each sport. 

If men wanting to be women gets more popular, that seems like the most logical scenario tbf.

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For me it makes sense to do this.

Surely if you push to have your sex amended my medicine and surgery it is not a natural event and never completely successful.

I would argue it is fair in this regard that any men undergoing this surgery need to know they cannot compete in a professional sports or the olympics. I don't see that as a major sacrifice when weighed against getting their new sexuality and they can still play as an amateur.

I suspect a few of having ulterior motives. 

 

 

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Transgender ⚧ need their own competitions. Fuck letting men who've turned into woman compete against women. 

 

Saw one in mma fight nearly kill her.. 

 

Not a chance a man born a man should be able to change then compete against a woman. What next tyson fury turning into Tracey fury and fighting sheilds. 

 

Although that little weird cunt Frank Malonie who's now a woman would support it 

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Its going to cause some kind of quiet riot considering it does show shades of exclusion but it is terribly unfair and will remain to be so. The real question now is how many other sporting bodies are going to get behind this because so far we've only had two. 

 

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2 hours ago, Mel81x said:

Its going to cause some kind of quiet riot considering it does show shades of exclusion but it is terribly unfair and will remain to be so. The real question now is how many other sporting bodies are going to get behind this because so far we've only had two. 

I suppose more will when they get winners that look too masculine and then it would probably get challenged.

 

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18 hours ago, Waylander said:

I suppose more will when they get winners that look too masculine and then it would probably get challenged.

 

Yeah I think its also dependent on the sport itself. I can't see all of them saying no to this really. Football as an example, may not necessarily say no or ban trasngender athletes competing in women's tournaments.

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It feels like a topic that's somehow become one of expert opinion for a huge amount of people.

I may be mistaken, because I'm not an expert, but everyday transgender people are perhaps on about their thoughts & experiences on conversion therapy, discrimination in regular day jobs & general treatment in society.

And on that, including all gay people, I think every person deserves grown up respect. But also that genitalia perhaps should define your public toilet, changing room, etc. And well, your sporting gender. Not which sex you prefer sexually, or like to dress as.

Are any non sporting transgender people actually kicking up a fuss because they want to see biologically uneven sports? Or are some politically hyper active do-gooders telling them they should be?

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When I was a pre-teen our garden used to back on to another. There was a family there and they had a daughter a few years younger than me..

One day my Mum asked if I had heard the girls voice and thought anything strange about it, I didn't.

She then asked if I thought her voice sounded deep.

Still didn't notice.

Then she told me the girl had been born with both sexual organs and was a hermaphrodite.

I was shocked such a thing could exist.

This thread has made me think of her, I hope it has not caused her too much anguish or unhappiness no-one can be blamed for how they are born.

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there should be transgender league's which are hosted with major events like the Olympics.

the last Olympics were a joke, a male of 35 years, recently decided he was a she and goes and competes in the woman's division.   thats a bullshit story right there.

trans people deserve the same rights and equality in the law as regular gendered people but this doesn't come with privileges nor should it violate the dignity of others.  A trans person cannot use female toilets because it violates the privacy and dignity of woman.  

genetics is the objective standard to determine gender.  the mental side is subjective and there for laws only work on objective fact.   if it means trans divisions, trans toilets or unisex sections in toilets then so be it but this trans stuff is now starting to diminish the sanctity of womanhood and their fundamental rights.

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