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Sport: inclusion versus equity

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Since I like both sports and complicated debates, I have already told you about Lia Thomas.

Lia Thomas is this American swimmer, born male, who competes in women and triumphs by wide margins.

Thomas never underwent surgery and delayed hormone treatment after puberty for fear of compromising his performance.

Unfair

At the time, I argued that inclusion shouldn’t come at the expense of equity.

A radio show and some activists had responded, citing “the anecdote”, the “isolated case” or my conservatism.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has just come to the same conclusion as me.

Trans swimmers will now be banned from participating in women’s events if the identity change occurred after puberty.

One of the experts consulted by FINA, Dr Sandra Hunter, explains:

“Some of the benefits men get during puberty are ‘structural’ and are not lost with hormone suppression. […] This includes things like bigger lungs and hearts, longer bones, bigger feet and hands. “

FINA is now considering adding an “open” category to the male and female categories.

Trans athletes would have the choice between the “open” category or the male category.

In short, we gradually realize that ideology does not reject biology and that concern for inclusion, a noble ideal, can lead to injustice.

Of course, we wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t a massive confusion between sex, gender, and gender identity.

This confusion persists out of ignorance and because it is maintained by militant lobbies.

Sex is a binary and immutable biological reality: there are only two basic sex cells (eggs and sperm) also called gametes and surgery or any other treatment does not change this.

Gender is the stereotype constructed by society, such as saying that a man “shouldn’t cry” or that a woman will be “emotional” or “manipulative”.

These stereotypes change over time and vary between cultures.

Gender identity is how a person positions himself in relation to these social stereotypes, choosing to be “macho”, “tomboy”, “child”, etc.

In the world of education it has become risky to remember these truths or objectively present the arguments of those who do not approve of all the claims of the trans lobbies.

Progress

An example of confusion? The latest federal census asked respondents what gender they were “assigned at birth”.

Mistake ! Biological sex is not assigned, it is noted. It is not a decision or a choice.

Activists would like to bring everything back to sincere feelings: we are what we want.

Could a person born male “feel” their femininity with such intensity that they can carry a child and give birth?

There is no lasting progress in intellectual confusion and the denial of science.

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