How is it Fair When a Male Weightlifter Competes Against Women?

By Michael Brown Published on March 21, 2017

The performance was stunning, as New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard absolutely smoked the competition, beating her nearest competitor, a Samoan woman, by nearly 20 kilograms. The only problem is that Laurel is a biological male, born Gavin, which is why a number of the competitors felt the competition was unfair.

But of course it’s unfair. Hubbard is a male, not a female, and even after months of hormone treatments, he still has unfair advantages over the other women, who sacrificed for years to make it to this elite level, only to lose to a man. How is that right?

As one woman tweeted in response to this news, “Imagine training for this your whole life, as a woman, only to have a known leader in men’s weightlifting take your title.”

When “Equality” Isn’t Fair

Gavin Hubbard had “previously competed at a national level in men’s weightlifting,” making it all the more absurd that he would now be competing against women, which is why his presence was “met with criticism from Australian competitors who believe a transgender athlete in the female weightlifting category was not an equal playing field.”

Not an equal playing field indeed — no more than it was an equal playing field when a female high school wrestler taking testosterone defeated all the other girls she wrestled against (she’s on hormone treatments as part of her “transitioning” to male) and no more than it was an equal playing field when a male-to-female mixed martial artist manhandled (literally) her female opponents.

After the wrestling competition, Patti Overstreet, the mother of another wrestler, said, “She’s standing there holding her head high like she’s the winner. She’s not winning. She’s cheating. It’s not equal. It’s never going to be equal.”

“It’s not equal. It’s never going to be equal.”

In response to this, cultural commentator Bill Muehlenberg wrote, “Nope, it sure ain’t equality, and it sure never will be. Trying to treat unequal things equally will always result in blatant, appalling inequality. And in the case of sports, it will result in more women being taken to hospital — if not the morgue.”

When it comes to the weightlifting competition, one of the other lifters said, “We all deserve to be on an even playing field. It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”

Exactly? Why compete at all? Why have men compete against men and women compete against women? Why have weight classes? Why not just throw everyone into the same competition and have the world’s strongest (or fastest) human — of either sex, in any weight class, at any distance, in any event? Why not blur all distinctions, if a man can now compete side by side with women?

Ridiculously, Phil Gifford, described as a prominent sports writer, said “Hubbard had every right to compete with the women after passing ‘straightforward’ hormone regulations.”

Specifically, he argued, “It’s testosterone levels which is a much more scientific way of measuring male gender, female gender than anything else that is currently known. And Lauren has passed all of those tests over the last 12 months.”

So, then, a man who had lowered testosterone levels but all the other physical advantages a male would have over other women should be allowed to compete with the ladies? Just a glance at the pictures in the news report, in which Hubbard dwarfs his competitors, would tell you that something is not fair here.

When the World Revolves Around Revolving Genders

But no, the whole world must revolve around the perceptions of those who identify as transgender, regardless of how it hurts others, regardless of how it inconveniences others, regardless of what new inequities it causes. As one trans activist asked me after a lengthy twitter interaction, “So where are we supposed to go to the bathroom?” — meaning that the social issue that mattered was the convenience of trans individuals. Any consideration of the needs of others was immaterial.

Not surprisingly, David Mills recently shared this report from a distressed mother who encountered a man in the ladies’ room at Disneyland: “He wasn’t even peeing, washing his hands or doing anything else that you’d do in a restroom. He was just standing off to the side looking smug … untouchable … doing absolutely nothing.”

As described by Kristin Quintrail, this man “did a lap around the restroom walking by all the stalls. You know, the stalls that have 1 inch gaps by all the doors hinges so you can most definitely see everyone with their pants around their ankles and vagina clear as day.”

As Mills explains, “The man, apparently a fairly large man, wasn’t a man ‘transitioning’ to try to be a woman. The ‘very progressive’ Quintrail would have been fine with that. He was a predator. His way of being a predator was to transgress a boundary — the women’s room door — so that he could intimidate women and their children.”

When the law says that you can use the bathroom of your perceived gender, that opens the door to abuses.

So, this was apparently a heterosexual predator, not a transgender male-to-female, yet none of the women had the courage to ask him to leave, fearing if they did “he might respond by claiming to identify as a woman.”

As some of us have warned for some time now, and as an increasing number of cases confirms as a real danger, when the law says that you can use the bathroom of your perceived gender, that opens the door to abuses such as this. After all, if the only criterion is who I perceive myself to be, who can argue with it?

Quintrail rightly exclaimed at the end of her blog article, “Gender just can’t be a feeling. There has to be science to it. DNA, genitals, amount of Sephora make up on your face, pick your poison. … I’m sorry it can’t just be a feeling when there’s but a mere suggestion of a door with a peep hole separating your eyes from my vagina or my children’s genitals.”

And the science needs to be better than the “science” being used in Olympic sports worldwide, which allowed for the totally unfair results in the recent, aforementioned weightlifting competition.

Time to Say “Enough”

Speaking of unfair, Neil Munro reported last week that, “Two women were kicked out of a homeless shelter to make room for a man because he said he is a transgender woman, according to a Canadian news report.

“The women objected when they were told they would have to share a bedroom and live in the shelter with the man, and so ‘both were asked to leave the shelter for good,’ said the TV reporter.”

One of the women, named Tracey, said, “I was uncomfortable with my roommate being transgender. He wants to become a woman, I mean that is his choice but when a man comes into a women’s shelter who still has a penis and genitals, he has more rights than we do.”

And that says it all: This man who identifies as a woman has more rights than the other women, and they have to leave to make room for him.

Can you join me in saying “Enough!”

Let’s continue to look for ways to help those struggling with gender identity confusion while protecting the rights of the rest of society. If enough of us raise our voices, positive change will come.

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  • Dean Bruckner

    The Left has abolished women. As usual, women and children suffer the most when human nature is denied.

  • Autrey Windle

    I’ll say it again; Three competition classes; men’s, women’s and neither’s

    • Wayne Cook

      Autrey, makes too much sense lol!

  • Christian Cowboy

    In this sinful world fair and just does not command any place in decision making anymore.
    We must stand firm in our own lives to keep ourselves pure.
    Maybe if all the female lifters refused to compete against this male – then even if he won by default it would be meaningless.

  • Kevin Carr

    He is still a man no matter what is going on in his head.

  • Ron MacDonald

    All depends whether or not you are a bleeding-heart Liberal.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    The heaviest weight lifted at that competition was not at the end of a steel pole.
    Rather the weight of reason, biology & sportsmanship was lifted beyond the reach of
    John Q. Public & up into the realm of fantasy . To a “Star Trek” like mission where no MAN has gone before. Question is when will the ” Starship Enterprise” make a return trip back to planet earth ? This mission is masking an inner conflict that Kirk himself would be no match for. These progressives ,so called are dealing w/an issue that is way beyond their grasp.
    So, rather than refer the conflicted one to professional &/or spiritual care, lets just embrace diversity & deal a new deck of cards. One where the king is a queen & the queen is a king – when the player choses it to be so. Come on what won’t work in a game of poker surely should not be allowed in a WOMANS weight lifting competition.

    • Autrey Windle

      Thanks! I needed to laugh today!

    • Wayne Cook

      LOL!!! Good one, Howard!

  • Jim Walker

    I can imagine Stefonknee Wolscht, the 52 year old-turn-6 year-old girl leaping for joy that she is gonna join the Girl Scouts…
    In the days of Noah… I can’t believe I’m living in the age of madness. Come Lord Jesus !

    • Autrey Windle

      It’s O.K., Jim- I know just how you feel…

  • mbabbitt

    Hope that a real backlash develops against this insanity – no other word for it.

  • Michael Gore

    “Specifically, he argued, “It’s testosterone levels which is a much more scientific way of measuring male gender, female gender than anything else that is currently known. And Lauren has passed all of those tests over the last 12 months.””
    So the most dependable and scientific way to tell if somebody is a man or a woman is to measure testosterone levels? Funny how they are trying to appeal to hard science on this issue. Somebody ought to inform this guy that the most dependable way to tell male vs female scientifically is the XY Chromosomes. After all, that’s what determines the rest… Oh wait, that would help our case actually. Nevermind.

  • Wayne Cook

    Michael, read my lips! THEY DON’T CARE!

  • Reject Yahweh as your God and His moral law as supreme and He promises to make you idiots. Case made!

    “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto Yahweh thy God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)

    For more on how Yahweh’s immutable moral law applies and should be implemented today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page and scroll down to title.

  • bbb

    But the real point of eliminating genders is to sweep all people into one giant blob of unidentified humanity.
    That is why the Germans stripped their victims whether Polish, Black, Jewish or simply protesters.
    Once everyone looks alike and there are no differences it is much easier to annihilate them.
    Clue: no other country in the world does this. Obama is the devil.

  • missy

    the next Olympics should prove interesting. With continued (forced) support of transgender tolerance…..transgender biological males (who may ‘legitimately’ compete as a woman) will smoke the competition. Transgenders are psychologically confused and tormented people. This is a violation of the societal moral order norms the hidden liberal left wants us to embrace and celebrate? What a sickening price the rest of us have to pay (at our peril) for only 0.4% of all people who identify as transgenders.

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