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I wish I didn't have to keep bringing up trans issues - I really do! The sports debate really pops the top of the shaken soda bottle of people's own beliefs. I propose a simple solution to transpeople competing in sports - but it won't be done because the issue with these people today is not just transpeople participating in sports, but the inherent dislike of their very existence altogether. I will now go and watch my subscriber count fall off the cliff.... Enjoy!
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14 thoughts on “The eternal trans sports debate”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John W Simpson says:

    I like you, Fran, but you are wrong on the weight classes. In sports where heaviness is an advantage, like boxing and weightlifting, weight classes make sense. But in most individual sports, competitive effectiveness increases with weight only so much, and then it decreases as weight increases. So, for example, you could have 150 pound swimmers competing evenly with 175 pound swimmers, if both are in their peak condition, but gaining 25 pounds would slow down the 150 pound swimmer.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alex Paulsen says:

    I can recommend the video Matt Stephens interviewing Phillipa York (Formerly Robert Millar, a former Scottish cyclist). They even touch on some of the science that makes it a myth that a transwoman has an advantage.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Fielding says:

    Weight classes is a great idea.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RMX says:

    I never could get into boy sports; and I was kicked out of cheerleading by the girls making up the elementary school cheer squad.
    But one girl, a neighbor of mine, really wanted me to be a cheerleader. She even convinced me to wear her brand new cheerleader uniform, and coaxed me outside to her backyard for some cheer "training".
    Bless Sandy for being so kind to me. This was in 1987, when we were six.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Little Star says:

    But Fran, a solution would prevent all the culture-war hate which is all some people have, especially right-wing politicians around the world.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars grantcivyt says:

    Yes, I've heard this idea floated a few times, and I think there's something useful there. Weight is great because it's simple and everyone understands it. Probably weight isn't the best metric in all sports, but something along those lines makes sense.

    Also…"pass muster."

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Suzaku NoMiko says:

    it's all about Republican (right wing) hate, which has all come out of the woodwork, lately.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Spider Pickle says:

    What irks me the most is that the people who make the most noise about "preserving women's sports" were the sam people who openly mocked women's sports only a few years ago. THEY DON"T ACTUALLY CARE! It's all just hate and politics at the expense of a vulnerable community.

    Also, fully agree with Fran. Sports is a joke and this sort of reaction isn't new and extends beyond human competition, just look what happened with the Mazda 787B.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars christophero1973 says:

    It's not bias… Control your emotions and remain objective. There are no freaks of nature. ALL muscle will produce testosterone when working-out. MTF women will have have a much improved capability to produce testosterone then CISgender women. That's all. No mystery. Look at automobile racing. There are classes in car racing- not because of bodily differences, but because of vehicle type. It's just that simple. Stay objective.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keegan O'Brien says:

    You missed the mark on this one… the intent is great but really you are arguing without a grasp on the finer details

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy Butcher says:

    I love you Fran! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I think sports are silly too but you're solution really makes sense.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrWildbill47 says:

    Weight class will not work, it is not total weight that is the issue, it is the distribution of that weight, men focus weight in our upper body's and are significantly stronger than women of the same weight. Lea's performance only went to prove the differences in men and women in sports like swimming.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shadow Master says:

    Well Fran since you say it, athletes are freaks of nature, you repeated so many times! Let's have another division for non freaks, like the transmen and transwomen! End of story😁

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cris Land says:

    Good deal. Support.

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