Should biological males compete in women’s athletics?
The majority of Americans don’t think so.
A 2020 survey from the Women’s Liberation Front shows that 74 percent of Californians oppose policies that allow males to compete in women’s sports. Another poll from the American Principles Project recently found that 77 percent of likely voters from swing states opposed male athletes competing in women’s sports.
But across the country, many school districts, sports leagues, and athletic organizations are allowing this to happen. That’s why states like Idaho, are pursuing legislation to ensure that female athletes can compete on a level playing field.
And last week we got some great news.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential candidate, along with Congressman Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, have introduced legislation in Congress to protect women’s sports on a national level.
Rep. Gabbard explained in a video posted to Twitter why this legislation is so necessary. “Unfortunately, some states are now misinterpreting Title IX, creating uncertainty, hardship, and lost opportunities for girls and women,” says Gabbard.
Title IX is a historic law that positively changed everything for women & girls. This video explains how, and why I introduced the Protect Women’s Sports Act - to clarify, uphold & strengthen the original intent of Title IX, ensuring a level playing field for girls & women. pic.twitter.com/B0647yCGmW— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 13, 2020
In 1972, Congress passed Title IX to ensure women had equal opportunities in education. But as Gabbard said, “[Title IX] is now being undermined by changing rules that allow biological males who now identify as women to compete against biological women in sports.”
She’s absolutely right. For example, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has allowed males to participate in high school women’s track for years. As a result, athletes like Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith, and Ashley Nicoletti were bumped from opportunities to compete by two male athletes who have an obvious physical advantage. This has threatened their chances at championship titles and scholarship opportunities.
That’s unfair. And it’s antithetical to the original purpose of Title IX.
It’s encouraging to see bipartisan support for fairness in women’s sports.
This should be a cause we can all get behind. Because, as Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christiana Holcolmb writes “Our laws need to recognize biological reality. When they don't, women are the ones who suffer for it.”
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