Laurel Hubbard, a transgender woman, has just earned a spot on New Zealand’s Olympic weightlifting team. And doing so, in a sport focused on strength, she illustrates perfectly my concern about transgender women being allowed to compete in women’s sports.
Frankly, I don’t think it’s fair to women (cisgender women if you insist, although I hate the term). Men have an inherent advantage over women in that they are generally taller, heavier, and stronger. Heavier bone structure, greater muscle mass and aerobic capacity, less body fat, etc. These things are genetic, present at birth, and developed during adolescence. They are not significantly changed with hormone treatment or surgery.
These genetic differences are why, historically, we have separated men and women in many sports.
I try to be open-minded about societal changes, but to date this particular issue, for me, defies reason, logic, and science. Transgender women have an unfair advantage in women’s sports and should not be allowed to participate.