Swapping bits (Part 2 of 2)
By: Pearl Omerso
This is part two of a two-part blog series on the current issue of Transgender athletes and how the Sports Authorities are addressing it.
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One reason USA Powerlifting gives – “significant advantages are had, including but not limited to increased body and muscle mass, bone density, bone structure, and connective tissue. These advantages are not eliminated by reduction of serum androgens such as testosterone yielding a potential advantage in strength sports such as powerlifting.” Another reason USA Powerlifting gives – “the use of testosterone and participation of male to female transgender athletes in our sport compromises fair play.” USA Powerlifting is not the only sports authority placing restrictions on transgender athletes; the Olympic Committee is also having their say on this issue.
New regulations from the International Olympic Committee will make it harder for transgender women to compete in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The IOC is expected to issue guidelines to 55 sports federations that will halve the permitted level of testosterone allowed in women’s events from archery to weightlifting. – Dan Avery, April 23, 2018
As we can all see, it’s not only controversial but it is also an issue of what is fair or not in a competitive female to male or male to female environment.
Now, let’s discuss the transgender issue. I know of a “Taylor” who is still a “Trevor”, is undergoing hormone therapy, still has a penis, wants to be a woman, but wants to be with women. So, essentially, he wants to be a she, who wants to be a Lesbian because she will still like women, but without the penis…phew!! Try to wrap your head around that one.
In the United States, there is no age restriction to have a sex change operation. WAIT…WHAT?? Am I missing something? So, our teenagers are still developing their own hormones and we are going to mess with their system by adding more testosterone or estrogen. Where in the hell does that make any sense? Mostly, insurance companies are saying a big NO to any requests for those under 18 requesting sex changes surgeries. And even then, I think 18 is still too young when even some young men don’t stop getting their pubes until about 21. I’m heterosexual and I can appreciate a nice pair of boobs just like any other dude. That doesn’t mean I am going to transform my clitoris into a penis. From what I understand, the issue of sexual identity goes far beyond recreating a genital, but it also involves a person’s understanding of who they are psychologically and emotionally.
I obviously can’t relate to that kind of inner turmoil, but research is also suggesting there is a lot of regret in people once they grow older and are then having regrets with their sex change. Here’s the kicker; they then decide to go change back to their original sex. Wow talk about tossing that hot potato. So, Mike was Michelle and is now Mike, again, but with a fake penis? I don’t know exactly know how that works, just that from the beginning of this blog, I was already confused by the whole swapping, but I still want to keep my vagina.
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