So this mustachioed and muscled boy who calls himself a girl is breaking all the girls sporting records at Cromwell High School in Connecticut.
His feats are portrayed in the news as being genuine accomplishments. The boy’s name is Yearwood, and he “won the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes”. His aide allowed the girls “4×100-meter relay team [to] take second place.” And he “ran 11.99 seconds in the 100 and 26.34 in the 200.” Fast.
This brings to mind an old question put to feminists.
If you feminists were so serious about equality between the sexes, the poser went, then you should argue for the elimination of sex separation in sports.
A moment’s (or more) thought reveals that if this logical conclusion were implemented, then no woman would ever again bow her head to receive a medal.
Sport would be dominated by men, for the obvious reason that men are superior to women in athletic ability, especially at the top. Even feminists could see this (or used to be able to see this), which is why some discrimination by sex was seen by them as a good thing; or at least a thing not to be mentioned. (Except for calls for “equal” funding.)
Those were the old days. Discrimination by sex is no longer seen necessary or a good, and who gets to be a male or female is now a matter of choice.
Yearwood pretends, or may even believe, he is a girl, and is so allowed to compete against the other girls. Not only that, other people also pretend, and again some might even believe, Yearwood is a girl and write of him as if he were a girl.
Now most folks, like you, have not yet departed from reality and know Yearwood is a boy. The authorities at the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), “which governs sanctioned high school sports in the state”, know Yearwood is a boy, but they are allowing him to compete as if he were a girl.
“The school district, which had supported [Yearwood’s] transition in middle school, determined that she was eligible to participate on the girls’ team.”
There was, of course, no physical transition. Yearwood started life as a boy, entered middle school as a boy, and will grow into manhood and remain a man throughout the rest of his life. No drugs, surgery, clothing choice or application of makeup can ever change this.
The transition, then, was a mental one, in Yearwood and in those surrounding him. There is the possibility of genuine gender dysphoria in poor Yearwood, a horrifying mental illness. This malady is analogous to the lost souls who think they are Napoleon. Delusions-of-grandeur or megalomania, they call it. Believing yourself to be somebody who it is impossible for you to be.
Very well, a departure from sanity of that sort might describe poor Yearwood; but, of course, only a psychiatrist or psychologist could tell us for certain.
How then do we explain the welter of people “supporting” Yearwood? What causes an otherwise sane person to call a boy “she”, or to pretend that a boy beating a girl in a race is as if a girl was beating a girl? What causes otherwise sensible authorities to say something like the following:
According the CIAC handbook, it is fundamentally unjust and contrary to applicable state and federal law to preclude a student from participation on a gender specific sports team that is consistent with the public gender identity of that student.
Before Yearwood competed, the other schools “were notified…and didn’t raise any issues.”
Can it be insanity, genuine insanity, that describes what has happened to the people surrounding Yearwood? Is this entire corner of Connecticut suffering gender-dysphoria-once-removed? This seems unlikely, because genuine insanity is rare, and it would be difficult to explain how this malady struck so many so quickly in such a small place. (Fluoride in the water?)
Ignorance is a ready explanation. People might really think Yearwood is a girl because he says he is. But that doesn’t wash, not in general, because the commonsense knowledge of daily life teaches everybody the difference between the sexes. People will know, but might be reluctant to admit, Yearwood is a boy.
There are only two live possibilities: fundamental error, and lying.
Fundamental error sees Yearwood not as a girl, but as a new kind of creature, a “transgender”. This new not-quite-human creature holds the power to be a boy yet be a girl, a magical transformation which occurs by incanting “I am a girl”. This just is to believe in magic.
Yet I think lying accounts for a most people’s reactions. They will say or act as if Yearwood is a girl, if only to shut up the errorists, who are a vocal, strident crowd.