Keep Transwomen/girl's Off Women's/Teen-girl's Sports Teams
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Goal: To keep female athlete's in position for scholarships and to keep women's sport's from becoming obsolete.
Let me be clear: transgender athletes should be allowed to either 1.) play sports on the team that matches their biological sex or 2.) create a team that lines up with their identity. This also includes those who are biologically intersexed as they seem to be the only one's with the option to choose their gender identity. As most of us already know there are several biological difference's between the male and female body, including but not limited to the musculoskeletal system, muscle fiber-type composition, nitrate excretion, growth hormones, the body's response to proper nutrition and obviously testosterone ALL PLAY A PART in the body's ability to participate in a physical activity.
Even though testosterone or "T" is NOT the main cause of the difference's between the male and female body it is the ONE factor the IOC (International Association of Athletics) likes to use to determine who is "equally" female. Previously, in order for a transgender woman athlete to participate alongside natural born women athletes, the transgender woman athlete had to be on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) for a year. Currently, that guideline is obsolete; a transgender woman athlete does NOT have to be on ANY hormones to compete alongside natural born women athletes. This mean's ANY biologically born male can claim they are a transgender woman and participate on a natural born woman's team with their natural born male physique. As you can probably already guess, this put's natural born women athletes at a serious disadvantage. After a bit of random googling, I was able to find that the normal range for T in men starts from 270ng/dl (nanograms per deciliter) and can rise all the way to 1070ng/dl while the normal range for T in women starts from 15ng/dl and only rises up to 70ng/dl. This is a huge difference and the only beneficiaries are biologically born males.
It's important to mention women's sports isn't very old. Even though women have played sports since before 1900, women's sports became legally acceptable in 1972 thanks to the creation of Title IX. This year is 2017; that means women's sports have been seen as "worthy" for only 45 years and it's been a valuable 45 years to boot. Since the introduction of Title IX, the number of female athletes have increased and female athletes have certainly made a name for themselves. I mean it's not everyday you win four Olympic Gold Medals and three of the last five Women's World Cups. (Thank you U.S. Women's Soccer Team!) Women athletes have also created their own American football teams (currently there are six leagues), hockey teams and the oldest one of all: golf. Women have been playing golf since 1930 and unfortunately a transgender woman was allowed to participate on the women's golf team recently which means transgender women athlete's have zero limitations to which sport they are allowed to participate in. But you know who DOES have a limitation on which sport they can participate in? Transgender men athletes. I mean seriously, do you really think a biologically born female has a shot in hell joining the men's golf team? Do you think men would allow that? No.
The IOC is renegotiating the guidelines this August 2017; help us tell them transgender women do not belong on natural born women's sport's teams. Women have strived to have access to participate in activities that were just granted to men for simply being born male. They have devoted a lot of hard work and discipline to participate on a local/national/world level in the field of sports and they deserve to have this space reserved for them and the scholarships that come with winning.
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