Robin Smith / March 15, 2021

The States Will Have to Save Women’s Sports

After a Biden-Harris order to destroy them, federalism is the best tool in the box.

Mississippi, Utah, and Tennessee were among the first states to move forward with legislation to protect girls’ and women’s sports from the executive order issued on the first day of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration in January. Last year, Idaho passed legislation prohibiting males identifying as females from participating in girls’ sports. That law is tied up in court with a suit in opposition from the ACLU and an appeal from the Alliance Defending Freedom to counter. But the bottom line is that it’s up to the states now.

As of Thursday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed into law a ban prohibiting “transgender” athletes from participating in girls’ and women’s individual and team sports. Tennessee’s General Assembly hopes to follow in short order with HB 003, which is very specific in its scope to protect high school sports for students whose biological sex at birth is female. Sponsored by Tennessee Representative Scott Cepicky and 41 House cosponsors (including this columnist), the bill has passed the state Senate along partisan lines and is set for floor debate and a vote in Nashville this Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Utah state Senate watered down a proposal that would ban those merely “identifying” as females from participating as a XX-chromosomal human. Now, the debated proposal would allow “transgender” individuals to participate with sports teams but prohibit their participation in competitions.

These three states are currently joined by 22 other states moving to put into state law policies to protect female athletes from the national Democrat agenda coming from DC.

From the crowd that demands we follow The Science™, the rejection of the actual science in the case of male vs. female body performance is glaring. Males have less muscle fatigue compared to women in various muscle groups. In one study, male participants had greater muscle fiber as demonstrated by needle biopsy and strength testing, with women being about “52% and 66% as strong as the men in the upper and lower body respectively.” Looking at musculoskeletal growth, strength, and performance, “gender divergence in the bone-muscle relationship becomes strongly evident during adolescence” related to hormonal differences and muscle forces that “coincide with a large growth in bone dimensions and strength.” This advantage is further accentuated when science proves that the presence of testosterone boosts hemoglobin production, compared to females’ capacity, which enhances performance due to greater oxygenation of tissues and organs. This is why blood doping is prohibited in organized sports. And a recent study in the British Journal of Medical Ethics demonstrates that “transgender” females “did not lose significant muscle mass (or power)” when their testosterone levels were kept below the International Olympic Committee guidelines for transgender athletes of 10nmol/L through hormonal therapy. Further, the journal noted, “Giving opposite-sex hormones to transgender people post-puberty did not alter the athletic-enhancing effects of testosterone on the male body.”

Since this is a political issue, science is ignored, and in a Cancel Culture like the one taking over our nation, many are following along just to avoid public shaming.

When Idaho published its March 2020 ban to protect female sports, companies within the state — Chobani, Clif Bar, HP, Micron, and Idaho National Laboratory — vilified state elected leaders for not supporting diversity. The NCAA, a “nonprofit” established to protect student athletes, even threatened to pull playoff games from the Gem State if “transgendered” individuals were not allowed to participate in female sports. Its website pledge — “The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time” — was from earlier days before the “woke” crowd became the moral authority.

It’s discouraging, disheartening, and perplexing that diversity to support women’s sports is considered divisive while diversity to pacify the small group of loud extremists who dominate Twitter is considered tolerance.

Linda Blade of Olympic track and field coaching said of the Biden-Harris executive order, “Finished. Done. 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 accomplished women’s coach continued, “Parents of teen girls are generally uninterested in watching their daughters demoralized by the blatant unfairness of a rigged competition.”

Gender confusion will lead not only to a demoralized population of talented female athletes who can’t compete in rigged competition but to the destruction of an entire segment of sports, competition, and scholarship earned by girls and women for five decades to produce leaders and inspire young women. Republicans must unite and stand against the extreme policies coming out of Washington, DC, that will forever change our wonderful communities.

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