Let's be clear: Staying silent about trans athletes is abusive to women

It seems like almost every day now, I see a story of a girl being displaced by a male athlete.

These girls are bumped out of first place, lose prize money, or worse, are brutally and permanently injured by male athletes.

The first story like this that I heard was about a girl named Payton McNabb. She was famously knocked unconscious by a male volleyball player on the opposing team, suffering partial paralysis in her face. Her injuries were so severe that she was unable to continue with her dream of playing college sports.

It was Payton's story that emboldened me to speak up on this issue in the first place. I realized that there was far more at stake than trophies, prize money, and championship titles. This issue is not right vs. left but good vs. evil. It is evil to support injuring young girls in the name of "equity" and "inclusion." Feel free to disagree, but this is one issue where I cannot entertain opposing views.

Just recently, a high school basketball game resulted in not one, not two, but three female athletes being injured by a male athlete on the opposing team.

These injuries took the three girls out of the lineup, and the team had to forfeit the game by halftime. This game took place in Massachusetts, where notably there was another similar story: A field hockey player had her teeth knocked out by a male athlete. Massachusetts currently does not have any legislation to protect women and girls in sports, and the female governor, Maura Healey, has expressed no interest in protecting female athletes. Her stance on this issue is particularly ironic, since she was the captain of the women's basketball team at Harvard and played professional basketball in Austria after graduating. She should know better than anyone that males do not belong in women's sports. And she should be ashamed that in her own sport and in her own state, women and girls are being denied the opportunity to play sports safely and fairly. Women like Governor Healey that benefited from Title IX and sex segregated sports are closing the door on the next generation, and it's a cowardly stance.

School boards and athletic associations across the country have prioritized gender identity and inclusion over safety and fairness. Section 43.3.1 of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association handbook states, "a student shall not be excluded from participation on a gender-specific sports team that is consistent with the student's bona fide gender identity."

These policies promote the abuse and injury of girls as they try to compete in sports, and it's clear these school boards have no desire to help these girls get more playing time, or to eventually achieve higher levels of competition or placement on collegiate teams. Sports are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not a place where you fear for your safety and wellbeing.

All these stories make a mockery of women's sports and ridicule the women who have worked so hard for the already limited opportunities they have.

I know Governor Healey will continue to stay quiet on this, but she should ask herself why she didn't play on the Harvard men's basketball team or in professional men's leagues Austria. Certainly they pay better and have more viewership, so why didn't she join those teams? The answer is simple, it's because she was born female and could never have been accepted to those teams, whether she identified as male or female or anything else under the non-binary sun. Women's sports exist to create opportunities for female athletes, and they were not intended to include mediocre male athletes who couldn't cut it on the men's team. It's not hate speech to point out that men, on average, are superior athletically due to their biology.

Maybe I'm missing something on this whole issue, there has to be a reason why people are putting up with this insanity. I know WNBA viewership is down, so perhaps they are trying to start the press tour for their up and coming stars. As the saying goes, "all publicity is good publicity."

One can only hope there's a deeper and explainable reason to why we are subjecting young women to abuse.

We need to put an end to this insanity once and for all. Our daughters' health (and even lives, in some cases) depend on it.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Not the Bee or any of its affiliates.

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