Published On: Wed, Jul 31st, 2019

Study shows transwomen creates an ‘intolerable unfairness’ in female sports

Biological males who identify as women have a distinct advantage in women’s sports that creates an “intolerable unfairness,” according to a recent study published in The Journal of Medical Ethics.

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Critics celebrate as the study seemingly admits a truth about the transgender orthodoxy, the authors attempt to redeem themselves by calling for the abolition of male and female categories in sports.

The study, performed by New Zealand researchers at the University of Otago in Dunedin, acknowledges that “the inclusion of elite trans women athletes in sport is controversial.” Bioethicists Taryn Knox, Lynley Anderson, and Alison Heather conclude that allowing males to compete in women’s sports at the high testosterone threshold established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is unfair.

“The recent International Olympic Committee (IOC) (2015) guidelines allow transwomen to compete in the women’s division if (amongst other things) their testosterone is held below 10 nmol/L. This is significantly higher than that of cis-women,” the researchers conclude. “Science demonstrates that high testosterone and other male physiology provides a performance advantage in sport suggesting that transwomen retain some of that advantage.”

Testosterone is one of the contributing factors to this advantage, most males at birth  have testosterone levels no higher than 10 nmol/L — but that level is still far above the average for biological women.

“To determine whether the advantage is unfair necessitates an ethical analysis of the principles of inclusion and fairness. Particularly important is whether the advantage held by transwomen is a tolerable or intolerable unfairness. We conclude that the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness,” the New Zealand researchers write.

As Duke Law School professor Doriane Lambelet Coleman testified, if the pro-transgender Equality Act allowed biological men to compete in women’s sports, “the very best women in the world would lose to literally thousands of boys and men, including thousands who would be considered second-tier.”

The New Zealand researchers rightly note the unfairness of allowing males to compete in women’s sports, but their solution would also undermine women’s sports. “This does not mean transwomen should be excluded from elite sport but that the existing male/female categories in sport should be abandoned in favour of a more nuanced approach satisfying both inclusion and fairness,” the authors write.

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