Trans athletes having unfair advantage? So what, says trans winner of women’s race

Trans athletes having unfair advantage? So what, says trans winner of women’s race
Rachel McKinnon (Image via Twitter)

Another one of those pesky conundrums for liberals has reared its ugly head. Whose rights trump whose when a dispute arises between two so-called “protected classes”? The Left is still sorting out the wreckage from a 2014 incident in which a Muslim barber refused to cut the hair of a lesbian and another from this year involving a Muslim salon worker who refused to wax a trans woman’s testicles.

And now a new head scratcher has emerged. The catalyst is the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships, which was won last Sunday by Rachel McKinnon, who was born a biological male and now identifies as a transgender female. (That’s McKinnon in the center in the above photo.)

While many of the other contestants are celebrating McKinnon’s victory, not all of them are on board. The day after the race,

The tweet touched off a firestorm on Twitter. Here are some of the more typical reactions:

I find it fascinating that some of the women crying “transphobia” are no doubt diehard feminists who go ballistic at the first hint that a woman is being treated unfairly.

McKinnon has not weighed in on this controversy, though “she” made her feelings clear in January in an interview with USA Today. In it, she said:

We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society and not be recognized that way in sports. … Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.

One is tempted here to look for parallels between this controversy and the one surrounding Colin Kaepernick, but this situation is far more insidious. Once the national anthem at a football game ends, the knee-takers rise and join their teams. Here an athlete is admitting to having a competitive edge but saying it’s immaterial because fairness is not what the sport is about. On the contrary, fairness is all any sport is about.

(h/t Samantha Chang, Inquisitr)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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