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Robin Smith / February 1, 2021

Biden’s War on Women

His executive order boosting “transgendered” individuals comes at the expense of biological females.

One of the most ubiquitous refrains from those on the political Left is to “follow the science.” This is why the hashtag #BidenErasedWomen was trending on social media right after President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Day One requiring no distinction be made of biological sex relative to “access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports.”

In his pledge to keep his promises to a very small group of individuals who identify as “transgender,” Biden — with the tacit approval of Vice President Kamala Harris, no less — has mobilized federal agencies, such as the Department of Education and the Justice Department, to prohibit biological sex as a point of “discrimination.” No individual should be mistreated or segregated from equal opportunity, education, employment, or other essential services based on any immutable trait or state of being. However, biology matters, and it impacts not just performance in sports but other inherent differences and distinctions.

In 2001, the Institute of Medicine published Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health, which the NCBI website describes with these words: “It’s obvious why only men develop prostate cancer and why only women get ovarian cancer. But it is not obvious why women are more likely to recover language ability after a stroke than men or why women are more apt to develop autoimmune diseases such as lupus.” This book "discusses basic biochemical differences in the cells of males and females and health variability between the sexes from conception throughout life" and varies in topics ranging from the variant immune responses to reproductive organs to heart disease to cognition.

Somehow, though, that’s not the science the public is supposed to follow. According to Biden, this science must be labeled as discriminatory and then erased and forgotten.

Critics of this executive move to force women to be spectators in their own sports were not limited to conservatives, Christians, or the center-right more broadly. Dr. Jane Clare Jones, founder of the Institute of Feminist Thought, tweeted, “Unilaterally imposing trans ideology on a nation with no thought for women’s rights is not how you create unity.”

“Finished. Done.” Those were the words of Olympic track-and-field coach Linda Blade, who expanded on her frustration: “The leadership skills, all the benefits society gets from letting girls have their protected category so that competition can be fair, all the advances of women’s rights — that’s going to be diminished.” The women’s coach observed with wisdom that “parents of teen girls are generally uninterested in watching their daughters demoralized by the blatant unfairness of a rigged competition.”

In contests where speed, strength, and musculoskeletal physics and structure are relevant, a distinction must be made, especially once the changes of puberty commence. The presence of testosterone offers increased production of hemoglobin — the protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues — and red blood cells, a normal state in males. The normal increase in testosterone in adolescents enhances muscle size and strength as well as bone development, structure, and strength. These yield enhanced performance.

Looking at the effect of time and hormone replacement therapy in so-called “transwomen” (biological males who “identify” as or even make changes toward becoming female), The Daily Wire reports, “Even two years after hormone therapy had been used, trans women were 12% faster on the 1.5 mile-run than women they were competing against.”

Bringing this from research to application, let’s look at the lawsuit filed by three Connecticut female runners suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The suit notes that one of the world’s fastest female sprinters, Allyson Felix, finished a 400-meter run in 49.26 seconds, but Felix would be beaten by almost 300 American high school boys, based on 2018 data.

Though it’s clear that male and female humans are different and have distinct strengths and weaknesses, President Biden and the political Left are erasing women’s opportunities and rights to compete. Sports will not be the only practice where opportunities change for women. Make no mistake, when dealing with brains and not just brawn, women hold their own — they compete and excel. But is it really fair to create a construct where brawn is overlooked for the sake of politics and those who dare point out the authentic differences are bullied into silence?

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