Some folks in New Jersey must think our slide into insanity isn’t moving fast enough, because they just gave us all one big push.
The state’s Interscholastic Athletic Association has decided that transgender students can compete in whichever sport they want without any medical consultation.
The body that governs high school sports in New Jersey effectively ruled that if a biologically male student identifies as a female, he must be allowed to compete in girls’ sports – and vice versa.
In the past, medical consultation – or some kind of evidence – was required for transgender student to compete outside of their biological sex.
In a bizarre attempt to keep these gender-bending students honest, they did stipulate some rules, according to The Blaze:
- Students must choose to either compete according to their birth sex or gender identity, but not both.
- Schools may appeal transgender students’ eligibility to compete based on the potential that participation would “adversely affect competition or safety.” However, these appeals would not take into consideration whether the student’s sex-assignment has been determined properly.
- Students can’t change sports in the middle of a season.
“NJSIAA has a duty to address major issues impacting the student-athletes we represent,” said NJSIAA Executive Director Steven Timko in a statement. “This policy simply states that we allow the student-athlete to compete in accordance with their identified gender.”
The organization changed their policy after there were complaints that the old rules were unfair. After all, why didn’t they require a medical consultation for all students, they argued.
An attorney for the NJSIAA, Steve Goodell, said the policy change was enacted after the organization received complaints that a requirement of medical proof of a student’s gender identity was unfair.
“They didn’t like the idea of someone having to prove the transgender status,” Goodell said. “They really made a convincing case that this is not something the students are making up to try to game the system.”
The idea that a man or a male high school student can decide to compete as a girl, effectively giving him an edge merely because of the physical differences between the sexes, doesn’t sit well with everyone.
Heather Zeiger, in a column for The Stream written in June, raised concerns about the long-term impact of allowing biological males to compete in female sports.
Consider some of the great female runners. Joan Benoit Samuelson took gold the first year the women’s marathon was part of the Olympics. Paula Radcliff holds the women’s marathon world record. Jackie Joyner Kersee holds the best heptathlon score and the second farthest women’s long-jump. Florence Griffith Joyner, considered the fastest woman of all time, ran the women’s 100m in 10.49 and the 200m in 21.34.
All these female athletes have made huge contributions to running. Yet even Florence Joyner’s times would not have qualified her for the men’s semi-finals. In fact, the top twenty-five fastest men in 100m have times under 10 seconds, beating Joyner’s time of 10.49.
“Women will, in effect, be pushed out of competition because they were born with female bodies,” Zeiger wrote. “Does that make any sense? As Jeff Jacobs asks in his thoughtful article in the Hartford Courant, ‘What do we tell these girls? A transgender’s journey is more important than your journey?’”
What do you think? Is this the end of high school and college athletics, at least for girls? Sound off below!