ohhghhooddd I can write a whole research paper on this and not gonna lie, you’re really giving me the feels to write one ahahah. I’ve done a bit of research into this before when Caster Semenya’s case had been settled with the result of forcing her to take drugs to level her testosterone level to “equal” the playing field.
1. Hormones only help athletic performance to some extent. Y'all just wanna police trans/intersex bodies.
Yea, testosterone helps people gain muscle easily, but so does the right training, eating habits, and genetics. Trans identities have ALWAYS been policed and its just so much easier to do so in sports because of its physical activity. People like to cry that trans women are pushing cisgender women out of sports as if they are actually doing anything besides excelling at a sport and just being an athlete. Of course, when someone sees a trans person excel at a sport they say its their ‘hormones’ or ‘physique’ while failing to understand HRT and its affects. Not to mention, trans people in sports feel like they have an expectation to meet, yet they are bombarded with hate regardless if they win or lose. A trans athlete is going to want to win to prove they are just as capable of being in the sport, yet they risk being attacked. No one says shit about Michael Phelps’ long ass arms or that he’s able to remove lactic acid from his system twice as fast as other swimmers. No one says anything about basketball players who are 6′5 and above. If people really wanted to equal the playing fields in sports, they would settle it by separation of physique, ability, weight, height, etc, instead of gender.
It’s actually proven that hormones only improve athletic performance to a certain point. After that, men and women are essentially leveled out. Its a matter of training and genetics. Hell, MENSTRUAL cycles affect athletic performance, yet they are not told to remove their reproductive organs or take hormones to prevent their cycle, are they?
2. The policing of trans/intersex identities in sports is DETRIMENTAL to how trans/intersex bodies are viewed by the general public
Caster Semenya is constantly referred to as a man because of her “lack of feminine features”. She is built, prefers suits and pants, and her voice is deep. She is not even trans, and yet she is referred to as a man simply because of her features and the fact that she is intersex. People go as far as to call her “it”. Not only is this deeply bigoted, but when you look at how that plays with her race, shit just gets worse. Black women have a history of being told they are not “womanly enough”, womanly enough in terms of Eurocentric beauty standards. Misgendering Caster is not only bigotry, but racist. People will view intersex folx as “freaks” or “abnormal” when the truth is, intersexuality is a normal part of animal biology. Sex is JUST as much as a spectrum as gender, and intersex is evidence of it. Biological VARIATION is NECESSARY for species’ survival. People believe one’s gender is based off their hormones or reproductive organs, and this is affecting how we view trans/intersex bodies.
The point is, no one is pushing anyone out of sports. Because physical performance is upfront in sports, “unconventional” bodies are forced to conform. Sports as a whole needs to adapt to the fact that biological variation exists.
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