Tuesday, September 27, 2022

‘Unfair’ for trans lifters to compete in women’s category: Australian senator and women’s rights group

Australian Senator Claire Chandler has criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for allowing a trans lifter to compete in the women’s heavy lifting category at the Tokyo Games.

According to both Chandler and UK women’s rights group Fair Play for Women, Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand, who was born male, took the position that 18-year-old Roviel Detenamo would have won if it had not been for the IOC’s trans inclusion policy. . .

It would be the first time in 20 years that a woman from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru had competed in the Olympic Games.

“Competitive sport, let alone the Olympics, is not a participatory exercise, yet what we saw … was a sub-elite weightlifter, competing in the wrong sex category and the wrong weight category, the world’s smallest One of the countries was displacing women. That the IOC can call itself inclusive,” Chandler told the Australian Senate last week.

Chandler said the decision to allow Hubbard to compete was “unfair” and added that the IOC was using political correctness to sway opposition voices, refute scientific evidence, and reduce the likelihood that trans women Women can dominate sports categories.

“You can’t have a clear example of why we have separate women’s and men’s sports competition and why it’s so unfair for female athletes to allow men in their categories,” she said.

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Liberal Party Senator Claire Chandler makes her first speech in the Senate Chamber at Parliament House on July 23, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (You Image/Mick Tsikas)

Chandler said she was concerned that supporters of gender inclusion “often overlook the fact that there is an Olympic program specifically designed for lifters over 109 kilograms, which Hubbard would qualify for if enough.”

She also said that while it could be a blow to a disqualified runner to leave the block milliseconds early, “those athletes do not gain a fraction of the advantage of a man competing in women’s sports.”

Chandler is not the first to make this argument. United Kingdom women’s rights group fair play for women Similar thing happened last month, noting that Detenamo lost one of 14 available spots for Hubbard to “make a place” in the women’s 87kg weightlifting category.

The organization revealed that Hubbard “will not be able to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in a category that aligns with sex and size” because the Kiwi weightlifter’s best performance during qualifying is 285 kg – the average weight lifted by “the men’s half”. . [Hubbard’s] Size ”(61-67 kg).

Fair Play for Women Posted on twitter A photo of Detenamo, writing: “This Roviel Detenamo from Nauru in the South Pacific. She should have been the first woman from her country to reach the Olympics in 20 years, but she will be watching the Games from home as IOC rules allow a Men were allowed to compete in their women’s category.

The IOC did not respond to questions about Detenamo losing his spot to Hubbard, but said Hubbard “qualified under the eligibility rules … Trans Inclusion Guidelines.

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Screenshot from Fair Play for Women’s website analyzing Hubbard’s performance in comparison to male and female heavy lifters.

“According to the Olympic Charter, it is the International Federation (IF) that define the qualifications of athletes in their sport,” their press office told The Epoch Times.

“The IOC is developing new guidance to help ensure that athletes—regardless of their gender identity and/or sexual characteristics—can engage in safe and fair competition.”

The elite sports organization also stated that it “reaffirms the considerable tension between notions of fairness and inclusion, and the desire and need to protect the category of women,” and seeks to “balance all of these”.

Gender Politics vs. Scientific Evidence

Experts suggested that gender politics began at the Olympics in 2015 when the IOC began allowing athletes who “transition from male to female” to compete in the women’s category, provided their testosterone levels were higher than their pre-test. Less than 10 nanomoles per liter at least 12 months ago. Competition.

However, this enrolled level is approx. five times Higher than the average biological female which is between 0.3 and 2.4 nmol/L.

a sports medicine The study also showed that male-born athletes undergoing hormone treatment still had “significant” physical advantages compared to women at comparable athletic levels. Furthermore, male genes, the hormonal system and the benefits of puberty will not simply disappear, especially when low testosterone levels affect strength by only five percent a year.

But the Olympic Board, for the first time in history, is calling for greater censorship of science-related information in media coverage on the issue of gender diversity, recently giving each journalist a 20-page copy of media guidelines from LGBT+ groups at the event. set is giving warning. To get them to use the correct pronouns, avoid using the term “biological male/female” and don’t focus on medical issues.

Chandler said these guidelines were an attempt to “obscure” these facts and that the concept “that it is more inclusive to govern women’s games based on gender identity rather than sex” is not based on evidence.

“It’s upsetting to see activists and sports administrations, including Australia, twist and change the meaning of words here,” the senator said. He added that labeling conversations on biological men and women as “offensive” is a way to “take away the language necessary for women to raise objections.”

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Lijun Chen of China competes during the Men’s 67kg Group A Weightlifting – Day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Chris Grethen/Getty Images)

Joanna Harper, IOC Panel Transgender Member, accepted Women’s physiological advantages “definitely exist” over biological women in 2019 but she believed that “this doesn’t necessarily make it unfair” because “they aren’t nearly as big of a social disadvantage.”

Harper’s argument is rooted in gender identity theory, which calls for a “collapse of the sex/gender binary” because it holds that biological genders do not exist and should be replaced by a “subjective and immutable” sense of self, UK Cathy Devine, a former sports lecturer at the University of Cumbria, revealed in a Study in June.

Devine notes that this also echoes postmodernist feminist theory that views the genders as “socially constructed” roles in a hierarchical binary system, moving to overturn the “oppressed” LGBT+ community. needed.

Nina Nguyen

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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