In her essay, Maggie Mertens acknowledges gender differences between men and women in sport. However, she claims that “researchers today still don’t know how much of this to attribute to biological differences versus the lack of support for female athletes to reach their highest potential.”
Mertens believes that one case of an athlete and several references to the “science” questioning biological sex differences are enough to destroy the entire concept of binary genders.
The dominant narrative surrounding transgenderism has evolved from gender dysphoria and clinical discussions of mental health disorders to cultural conversations about gender identity, personal pronouns, and affirmation. The final step in colonizing public order and social norms is to eradicate the reality of biological differences between males and females.
Mertens took to Twitter to justify her views, linking to an article claiming the existence of intersex conditions proves the notion of two genders is “too simplistic”.
The truth is that rare genetic conditions bear this out sex binary, instead of challenging it. There is no third sex or third gamete. And the “secondary” gender differences are well established.
Mertens denies this reality when she claims that scientists have challenged the belief that boys are, on average, bigger, stronger, and faster than girls. But as the saying goes, “That’s why they play the game.”
Florence Griffith-Joyner is widely regarded as the fastest woman in history. Her time of 10.49 seconds in the 100 meter run is still a world record for women sprinters, but not even among the top 6,000 times for men.
Pro basketball is no different. The WNBA shared video in 2017 of every dunk in the league’s 20-year history up to that point.
That Video was 71 seconds long.
The USA women’s soccer team – winners of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – dominates the pitch as they take on players from around the world. It didn’t matter teenager who defeated professional women almost twice his age in a match in 2017.
Mertens would probably repeat this line from her paper to explain these results:
[T]Big gender differences in sport show benefits for menresearchers today still don’t know how much of this is due to biological differences compared to the lack of support offered to female athletes to reach their highest potential.
In the world of radical gender ideology, testosterone appears to be a social construct.
The inner workings of the human mind are complex. Therefore, the gender debate largely focuses on how people are “identify” based on whether they “feel” like a man or a woman.
The external workings of the human body are much simpler and easier to see. Either a man can bench press 250 pounds or he can’t. Either a woman has a 40 inch vertical jump or she doesn’t.
As rare as these performance measures are, all people who possess such unearthly athletic ability are men. Acknowledging this fact is not sexist. It respects female athletes for their immense talent on their own merits, not in comparison to their male counterparts.
The Atlantic, like many other left-dominated institutions, believes it can create the world of its choice ex nihilo. This impulse reflects a God complex common to people who cannot accept a world where there are differences in outcomes across groups.
It’s much easier for them reshape cultural norms in their own image to recognize as the reality that men and women—designed by their Creator—are equal in value and dignity but different in form and function.
Ultimately, the girl in the story did not join the team. Although her school approved her application, she quit because she was upset about the tests she had to take before being declared eligible.
I hope she continues to enjoy the soccer game, but it’s hard to overlook the irony of an article arguing that teenage girls are strong enough to play tackle soccer with boys, which ends with the protagonist quitting because their feelings have been hurt by adults.
Human nature remains undefeated.
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