Corcaigh Posted January 22, 2021 Share Posted January 22, 2021 (edited) 2 hours ago, tshile said: so what do you do? Accept this will disadvantage female atheletes when it happens? And justify that by saying it won’t happen much? or look for a different solution? One element of Title IX is that it requires that Federally funded programs to provide girls and boys with equitable sports opportunities. The current interpretation is that biological gender rather than gender identity is what it applies to. The participation of MTF athletes in a female high school sport is generally accepted to discriminate against opportunities for female athletes to win championships, get recruited for college etc. 'Opportunity' is more than being on the roster. If MTF athletes want to participate in high school sports as a female I do not think there is a good answer. There will not be critical mass for MTF athletes to have their own teams. Note that many high schools do not provide equal access for boys and girls to all sports which are popular in college, such as boys volleyball, girls ice hockey etc. Without surgery or hormone therapy, which is not going to happen in a teenager, the advantages of going through puberty as a male are enormous. Sure the slowest boy is not faster than the fastest girl, but there will be cases, especially in sports where speed, strength and endurance are critical (such as T&F) where there would be no way to have fair competition between varsity level athletes of different birth sex. The performance difference is 10-15% typically. At a Virginia state level for example, athletes born as boys would beat girls by half a lap in the 1600m (~mile). Trans advocates recognize this too and that it is not equitable. I think this deserves its own thread if others want to have an adult discussion. I'll try to act like an adult but can't guarantee it. Edited January 22, 2021 by Corcaigh 1 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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