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World swimming bans transgender athletes from women's events

By Donna
June 20, 2022 8:07 am
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It's about time!

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World swimming's governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women's events, starting Monday.

FINA members widely adopted a new "gender inclusion policy" on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women's events. The organization also proposed an "open competition category."

"This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It's what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair," James Pearce, who is the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, told The Associated Press.

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I'm going to take more flack from the militant wing of the LGBTQ+ community when I post this announcement along with my comments on FB, but oh well. I'm quite used to people getting angry at me.


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  1. by Curt_Anderson on June 20, 2022 10:33 am
    Good move. I heard on NPR that the swimming governing board deemed testosterone a performance enhancer.


  2. by Donna on June 20, 2022 10:45 am
    I like the way they're handling it. It's not a blanket ban. The problem is male puberty. It permanently gives you a male body which is irreversible.


  3. by islander on June 20, 2022 4:01 pm

    I was glad to see this too. Many years ago in my younger years, I competed in Olympic and Power lifting but my favorite sport, was Judo. From first hand experience I can tell you why in ‘some sports” we absolutely need weight classes and gender classes. Both “could be” described as discriminatory... Simply because Joe weigh 223 lbs why can’t Joe compete in the 155 lb class if he wants? Why is he being discriminated against simply because of his weight?

    However, there really are, whether we like it or not, genetic physical differences that give male athletes an advantage over female athletes, and younger athletes have physical advantages over older athletes in “many” sports. My younger brother still competes in the “Masters division” (old guys) in power lifting contests. Any decent 28 year old power lifter would demolish the very best over 65 lifter (and this goes for most sports). At any rate, last year my brother watched a transgender power lifter come in and break every woman’s record in that competition. Woman he knew who had trained for years watched this happen. It was very discouraging to everyone there to say the least.


  4. by HatetheSwamp on June 20, 2022 4:17 pm

    Obviously, I think this is a good thing but I also think this demonstrates how much more woke the US is compared to the rest of the planet.

    It wasn't long ago that Kristi Noem was roundly denounced for signing legislation proclaiming that biological males would not be permitted to compete against organic women in South Dakota.

    Thanks, world!


  5. by Donna on June 20, 2022 4:43 pm
    "At any rate, last year my brother watched a transgender power lifter come in and break every woman’s record in that competition. Women he knew who had trained for years watched this happen. It was very discouraging to everyone there to say the least." - islander

    She was the epitome of self-centered.

    In addition to Sheri and I, three transwomen friends of ours on Facebook -- btw, one is Juni who used to post here -- agree with us on this issue. Then there are those who are pretty militant in their support of transwomen athletes who want to compete along side of ciswomen. Most of them are millennials and Zoomers (Gen Z). We've been in some pretty heated arguments with them.

    It disgusts Sheri and I that the Democratic Party along with the entire left media have thrown their enthusiastic support behind transwomen athletes competing with ciswomen. I don't spend much time watching political shows, so it could be that I've missed examples that are counter to what I've seen, but I don't recall seeing anyone on MSNBC or any other left or Democratic media outlet who has represented our side on this issue.

    I'm in full agreement with Bill Maher that woke-ism has gone off the deep end.


  6. by Curt_Anderson on June 20, 2022 5:46 pm
    Regards to Juni.

    I read today that Megan Rapinoe, the US soccer player, said it's terrible if trans athletes are banned. On the other side of the issue, Sebastian Coe, a former record setting miler now a track official, indicted international track would take an approach to similar to the swimming body.

    Athletic competition should be a contest of skill, endurance and effort between people of the same class. Those classes could be age groups, weight or gender. Maybe height or some other characteristic is a consideration in some sports.


  7. by HatetheSwamp on June 21, 2022 3:58 am

    So. Did you watch Caitlyn Jenner on GUTFELD! last night?


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