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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Connecticut Policy Permitting Boys Who Identify As Girls To Play in Girls’ Sports

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Connecticut Policy Permitting Boys Who Identify As Girls To Play in Girls’ Sports

If mere gender identification is enough, it’s hard to see how girls’ and women’s sports survive at an elite level. It doesn’t take many males identifying as females to take the top places.

We are watching in real time the destruction of the traditional liberal feminist movement under the weight of “trans rights,” as both the meaning of what it is to be a “woman” and traditional women’s spaces (single sex bathrooms and locker rooms, victim support spaces, and even prisons) increasingly are opened up to males who identify as females. If a recent appeals court decision is any indication, some of the most important spaces — women’s and girls’ sports — will not be spared.

We’ve covered Lia Thomas, the U. Penn ‘trans female’ swimmer, and other examples proving what we all know and science proves — that on average males who have gone through puberty have a significant power advantage over females, and even non-top tier high school and college level male athletes surpass the best females in sports where strength matters.

Connecticut is ground zero in the legal fight to preserve female sports.

We previously covered in detail the Connecticut developments, including a case in which female student athletes are represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF):

The Connecticut girls lawsuit Complaint alleged, in part;

1. The Plaintiffs are three high school girls who compete in interscholastic girls’ track and field in Connecticut. Like large numbers of female athletes around the nation, each Plaintiff has trained much of her life—striving to shave mere fractions of seconds off her race times—in order to experience the personal satisfaction of victory, gain opportunities to participate in state and regional meets, gain access to opportunities to be recruited and offered athletic scholarships by colleges, and more.

2. Unfortunately for Plaintiffs and other girls in Connecticut, those dreams and goals—those opportunities for participation, recruitment, and scholarships—are now being directly and negatively impacted by a new policy that is permitting boys1 who are male in every biological respect to compete in girls’ athletic competitions if they claim a female gender identity.

3. This discriminatory policy is now regularly resulting in boys displacing girls in competitive track events in Connecticut—excluding specific and identifiable girls including Plaintiffs from honors, opportunities to compete at higher levels, and public recognition critical to college recruiting and scholarship opportunities that should go to those outstanding female athletes.

4. As a result, in scholastic track competition in Connecticut, more boys than girls are experiencing victory and gaining the advantages that follow even though postseason competition is nominally designed to ensure that equal numbers of boys and girls advance to higher levels of competition. Compared to boys—those born with XY chromosomes—in the state of Connecticut those who are born female—with XX chromosomes—now have materially fewer opportunities to stand on the victory podium, fewer opportunities to participate in post-season elite competition, fewer opportunities for public recognition as champions, and a much smaller chance of setting recognized records.

5. This reality is discrimination against girls that directly violates the requirements of Title IX: “Treating girls differently regarding a matter so fundamental to the experience of sports—the chance to be champions—is inconsistent with Title IX’s mandate of equal opportunity for both sexes.” McCormick ex rel. McCormick v. Sch. Dist. of Mamaroneck, 370 F.3d 275, 295 (2d Cir. 2004).

The Complaint explained the physiological advantage:

43. While boys and girls have comparable athletic capabilities before boys hit puberty, male puberty quickly increases the levels of circulating testosterone in healthy teen and adult males to levels ten to twenty times higher than the levels that occur in healthy adult females, and this natural flood of testosterone drives a wide range of physiological changes that give males a powerful physiological athletic advantage over females.

44. The athletic performance-enhancing effects of testosterone are well known, and the anabolic steroids too often used by athletes to gain an unfair and prohibited advantage are often synthetic modifications of testosterone. Basically, from puberty on, boys and men have a large, natural, and equally unfair “doping” advantage over girls and women.

45. Physiological athletic advantages enjoyed over girls and women by similarly fit males after puberty include:

a. Larger lungs and denser alveoli in the lungs, enabling faster oxygen uptake;
b. Larger hearts and per-stroke pumping volume, and more hemoglobin per unit of blood, all enabling higher short-term and sustained levels of oxygen transport to the muscles;
c. An increased number of muscle fibers and increased muscle mass (for example, men have 75%-100% greater cross-sectional area of upper arm muscle than do comparably fit women, while women have 60-70% less trunk and lower body strength than comparably fit men);
d. Higher myoglobin concentration within muscle fibers, enabling faster transfer and “cellular respiration” of oxygen within the muscle to unleash power;
e. Larger bones, enabling the attachment of greater volumes of muscle fiber;
f. Longer bones, enabling greater mechanical leverage thus enabling males to unleash more power, e.g., in vertical jumps;
g. Increased mineral density in bones resulting in stronger bones, providing superior protection against both stress fractures and fractures from collisions;
h. And, of course, U.S. adult males are on average 5 inches taller than U.S. adult women.

46. Meanwhile, female puberty brings distinctive changes to girls and women that identifiably impede athletic performance, including increased body fat levels which—while healthy and essential to female fertility—creates increased weight without providing strength, as well as wider hips and different hip joint orientation that result in decreased hip rotation and running efficiency.

47. These are inescapable biological facts of the human species, not stereotypes, “social constructs,” or relics of past discrimination.

48. As a result of these many inherent physiological differences between men and women after puberty, male athletes consistently achieve records 10-20% higher than comparably fit and trained women across almost all athletic events, with even wider consistent disparities in long-term endurance events and contests of sheer strength such as weight-lifting.

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51. For example, in 2017, thousands of men and boys achieved times in the 400m faster than the best lifetime performances of three women Olympic champions in that event. Each year, thousands of men—and dozens or hundreds of high school boys under the age of 18—achieve times (or heights or distances) in track events better than the world’s single best elite woman competitor that year.

All the Connecticut policy required was “identification” as a gender:

71. The CIAC Policy determines—and requires member-schools to determine—eligibility to compete in sex-specific athletic competitions solely based on “the gender identification of that student in current school records and daily life activities in the school . . . .”

72. As detailed later in this Complaint, CIAC and its member-schools have permitted male students to switch, from one season to the next, from competing in boys’ events to competing (and winning) in girls’ events.

The Complaint did not survive in the District Court, and now it has not survived in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In an Opinion issued on December 16, 2022, the appeals court upheld the dismissal on a number of procedural grounds: “Like the district court, we are unpersuaded, with respect to the claim for an injunctionto alter the records, that the Plaintiffs have established the injury in fact and redressibility requirements for standing; both fail for reasons of speculation.” As to the claim for damages, the Court held that the conference and member schools “did not have adequate notice that the Policy violated Title IX.”

I usually quote extensively from court decisions, but that’s tough here because the Opinion is in a scanned form on the PACER docket, not in the normal pdf. format, so I can’t copy and paste from the scannded pdf. (which essentially is just images). So you will have to read it yourself.

Politico mercifully transcribed a key substantive part of the ruling:

The judges also leaned on past circuit decisions and the Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, which says it is unlawful to discriminate against people based on their gender identity or sexual orientation in the workplace.

“Title IX includes language identical to that in Title VII, broadly prohibiting discrimination ‘on the basis of sex,’” the judges wrote. “Thus, it cannot be said that the Policy — which prohibits discrimination based on a student’s transgender status by allowing all students to participate on gender specific teams consistent with their gender identity — ‘falls within the scope of Title IX’s proscriptions.”

ADF issued the following statement:

“The 2nd Circuit got it wrong, and we’re evaluating all legal options, including appeal. Our clients—like all female athletes—deserve access to fair competition. Thankfully, a growing number of states are stepping up to protect women’s athletics. Right now, 18 states have enacted laws that protect women and girls from having to compete against males, and polls show that a majority of Americans agree that the competition is no longer fair when males are permitted to compete in women’s sports. Every woman deserves the respect and dignity that comes with having an equal opportunity to excel and win in athletics, and ADF remains committed to protecting the future of women’s sports.”

The ACLU celebrated:

If mere gender identification is enough, it’s hard to see how girls’ and women’s sports survive at an elite level. It doesn’t take many males identifying as females to take the top places.

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The interesting thing to me is the contention by the ACLU in their release stating that ‘Trans youth have a right to equal and fair play’. If that was truly their position then we wouldn’t have much to disagree about. The problem is that’s not the position of the ACLU. They are not asking for a third category of competition to be created for ‘Trans youth’ alongside the existing categories of male and female. Nor do they wish to require ‘trans youth’ to compete within the gender category they were born in.

I wonder what the ACLU would have to say in response to the adoption of a far more rigorous set of physical education requirements being imposed. The majority of the current ‘trans youth’ seem to be female to male while the smaller number of male to female dominate the news. What if there were mandatory gender normative physical tests and mandatory training/instruction required? Would the ACLU be consistent or would they change horses when the female to male ‘trans youth’ were failing a gender based test with male standards?

The ACLU and the leftists are currently able to reject reality with their arguments because there are no consequences to their ideology. Reestablished physical education programs of one hour each day and a physical test each semester would rapidly reveal that females cannot pass male standards. A very few outliers aside. Use the last Army Physical Fitness Test; pushups, sit ups and a two mile run. Convert the score into an academic grade. No need for special equipment so costs are nil.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | December 18, 2022 at 3:29 am

    ACLU has long since burned up all the “principles credit” they ever had in my life for defending the freedom to demonstrate of the Skokie marchers. Now they can burn up and have their earth salted out from under them, for all I care.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | December 18, 2022 at 9:10 am

      The leftist weirdo lunatic fringe took control of the ACLU. The same sorts have taken control of nearly every institution in our Nation. Foundations and philanthropic organizations set up by their founders to achieve X purpose have long since been hijacked. Academia is dominated by the leftists. Many other examples.

      That is why I don’t call myself a conservative. Why would I want to conserve the status quo? I don’t. Instead I want someone to seize control of these institutions and wrest power away from the lunatic fringe. Doesn’t need to be done by a person who is on ‘our side’ on every issue. See Musk and Twitter.

      I want to disrupt things. I want a change from the current economic, social and political status quo. That’s not a conservative position it’s the opposite.

        Whitewall in reply to CommoChief. | December 18, 2022 at 10:21 am

        Not conservative but more paleoconservative? To disrupt things as they are, it will take an angry and active citizenry who no longer care about or fear pushback from our culture guardians. When the ‘progs’ demonstrate, we counter them with larger numbers. When they riot against our institutions, we riot back at their sacred cows. It will get noisy and then ugly. Much too troublesome for most dainty ‘conservative’ politicians.

          CommoChief in reply to Whitewall. | December 19, 2022 at 10:55 am

          There’s an intermediate option as well. The r and those on the center right can stop trying to save the day. Social Security as an example. We all know it is not sustainable in it’s current form. The center right, r and even a few d have put forward proposals to fix it. Those proposals all involve shared pain and sacrifice.

          Every time the adults propose this the children cry and claim the ‘evil r are gonna throw Granny off the cliff’. There isn’t any pay off for trying to fix it. So we should stop trying. Instead let it fail and out of the ashes rebuild a better model that’s more sustainable.

          Look at immigration as another. Until we reached an absolute crisis the blue city d/prog politicians ignored it. Now that it’s too big to ignore and the problems are on their doorstep they suddenly care. For immigration we shouldn’t cooperate to fix a damn thing until we get a border wall, robust interior enforcement/deportations and an end to overly permissive asylum claims.

          Make the dumbass d/prog lay in the bed they they insisted on creating. We did our part in trying to warn them and trying to fix it on our own. All we got was name calling and attacks and a PR campaign that cost us political power.

          IMO, the better course is Federalism. Work in red States and the few red enclaves within blue States to implement grown up policies. Save ourselves before we try and save the rest. Eventually the d/prog will get desperate enough to work with us on our terms to solve problems and stop demonizing the center right and r.

        The leftist weirdo lunatic fringe took control of the ACLU. The same sorts have taken control of nearly every institution in our Nation.
        ——————————————————-
        Lot of lunatics in the country. No way they should have control over so much of our institutions. How the hell can they continue to remain in office? Wholesale cheating?

          CommoChief in reply to 4fun. | December 19, 2022 at 11:08 am

          Sadly not of it was due to cheating, not even most of it. Many people are too concerned with how they feel and the run their decisions through an emotional filter v a logical perspective. The true believing koolaid drinking weirdos are not gonna change. The only hope at the Nation level is convincing the 10% or so of voters who are actually open to being convinced.

          It sucks but we have to start designing our campaigns to get these weather vane voters to pull the lever for our candidates. That means convincing them not lecturing them or making demands that they must vote for candidate X or all is lost. That rhetoric turns them off. It would be nice if it we’re different but it isn’t and some of us need to accept it.

          henrybowman in reply to 4fun. | December 20, 2022 at 12:39 am

          Lot of lunatics in the country… How the hell can they continue to remain in office?”
          Muh Democracy. Hence the drive to impose it.

      Capitalist-Dad in reply to henrybowman. | December 19, 2022 at 9:45 am

      “Skokie Marchers,” well yes, but more precisely Nazis. My view is ACLU uses cases like that to falsely claim to be defending all civil rights, when the reality is it mostly uses civil rights as an excuse to push Marxism by finding it mandated in the Constitution’s white space. On balance ACLU is a hugely destructive organization, and is aided and abetted by large numbers of judges who put leftism and sophistry above true justice—just as happened in the case discussed in today’s article.

        henrybowman in reply to Capitalist-Dad. | December 20, 2022 at 12:43 am

        Yes, they were Nazis; I chose my wording so as not to have to include a long backgrounder to educate the uninformed. The point was not whether or not they were Nazis, the point was that the ACLU was willing to stand up to defend the rights of probably the biggest social pariah group in the country, up to and including what today would be denounced as “hate speech.” Contrast that with their current pussy wokeness. Today they are shameful parodies of the principled organization they once were.

    The issue here concerns male to female. Your argument holds for female to male. There is no unfair advantage in sports gor female to male.

      Dimsdale in reply to willow. | December 22, 2022 at 7:52 am

      Just make a “tranny league,” or a miscellaneous league and let them compete with each other the way boys and girls did.

      In that case, you really couldn’t tell the players without a program!

    JOBBOSS in reply to CommoChief. | December 20, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Karma has finally come to feminism.
    Kick-Ass, TRANS RIGHTS!!!!!

    Joe-dallas in reply to CommoChief. | December 21, 2022 at 10:10 am

    The issue of men playing girls sports is very trivial compared to far bigger problem.

    The far bigger issue is the embracement of a pseudo / fraudulent / faddish and irreversible treatment for the mentally ill. Transgender and the belief that the transgender treatment is going to cure a mental illness is insanity with zero medical basis in reality.

    Its simply delusional

You can ignore reality all you like, but ultimately, you cannot ignore the consequences of doing so.

“Trans youth have a right to equal and fair play.”

Lot of words doing a lot of heavy lifting right there.Like, what’s fair?

T is a hell off a performance enhancing drug. I thought we restricted doping because it gave unfair advantage?

    henrybowman in reply to BierceAmbrose. | December 20, 2022 at 12:48 am

    The argument I expect to hear is that T is a natural human hormone. But this would be pure hypocrisy coming from an industry that outlawed blood doping — the tactic of storing one’s own blood in his home neighborhood, then receiving a transfusion of it the day before competing at a high-altitude venue, to gain the advantage of superior oxygenation. If receiving your very own blood is unfair, receiving someone else’s T is as well.

“We are watching in real time the destruction of the traditional liberal feminist movement…”

The traditional liberal feminist movement has been diluted by CRT, DEI and LBGTQ to the point where it’s no longer recognizable, except in the rear view mirror.

    Dathurtz in reply to Paula. | December 18, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Feminism’s goal was/is to destroy society, just like the various alphabet groups. It wasn’t hikacked, the same people just moved to a new topic and the dupes that believed them stand there confused.

      henrybowman in reply to Dathurtz. | December 20, 2022 at 12:50 am

      Or, as I used to tell “common-sense” gun-control advocates at hearings, “Just because you get off the bus at your chosen stop doesn’t stop the bus from traveling to the end of its route.”

Calling them women is a slap in the face to women, such as when you see the guys invited to the White House perpetuating misinformation of being a woman.

Progressive women are too intimidated to speak out against something they know inside is wrong.

Time to stop making everyone live by trans rules.

Subotai Bahadur | December 17, 2022 at 11:08 pm

Only one of my now-grown daughters had any interest in sports. Specifically gymnastics. She was not bad at it, but neither was she great. Puberty intervened and the changes in her center of gravity made further participation moot.

But if conditions then were like they are now as far as “Trans-males” participating too, then my daughter would not have been allowed to for her own safety; both from the hazards of competition and from physical attack. I have a granddaughter. Her parents and I agree that if she expresses and interest in sports, she will be distracted by all of us for the same reason.

Leftist females have made their choices of allies. They now have to deal with the consequences.

Subotai Bahadur

Antifundamentalist | December 17, 2022 at 11:41 pm

The end goal is to destroy women’s sports on one hand and their autonomy on the other. How long will it be before biological women “aren’t safe” to leave their homes without an escort, while trans women (i.e. men) can go and do what they want without one. Biological women are deprived of opportunities and the financial benefits that go along with them in favor of boys in dresses.

    “biological women “aren’t safe” to leave their homes without an escort”

    Next time a proggy whinges to you about “Handmaid’s Tale,” remind them THEY are the ones going exactly there.

Sports is just the beginning. I may start applying for jobs and identifying as a woman to enhance my chances. Hey, it worked for Lizzie.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | December 18, 2022 at 2:59 am

Our society is completely and irretrievably insane. We are going to be a laughing stock and cautionary tale for millenia into the future. They don’t come much crazier than the modern Western left … and there’s a very good reason why not. And not just insane, but deranged perverts of the worst sort, too.

This is just another step towards
Communism. Everyone is equal. Not
in rights. Just equal.

Is there any hope that Mass Gov. Baker, tapped to head the NCAA, going to remedy this ‘gender identity’ nonsense at the rules and policy issue? If the crown sought by students with ‘gender dysphoria’ is taken away at that level, wouldn’t it force their hand so they stay in their own lane?

When did Title IX include ‘gender identity’ ?

    Judges re-writing Law

    henrybowman in reply to RepublicanRJL. | December 20, 2022 at 12:53 am

    I wouldn’t put money on it. Any cachet earned by “Republican Governor” is automatically canceled by “Massachusetts.” I haven’t heard from my old compatriots in the MA gun community that Baker did jack to hold back the deluge. And don’t forget the classic example: Romney.

This article explains the underlying battle of which the trans sports issue is one aspect. It is well worth your time to read.

That Haunting Nihilism by R.R. Reno
https://www.firstthings.com/article/2023/01/that-haunting-nihilism

This is the article to which R.R. Reno refers.

A Prophecy of Evil: Tolkien, Lewis, and Technocratic Nihilism by N.S. Lyons
https://theupheaval.substack.com/p/a-prophecy-of-evil-tolkien-lewis

Unfortunately, only half of the second article can be read without a subscription.

By the way, this decision underscores how harmful Justice Gorsuch’s utterly capricious, illogical, contrived and indefensible opinion in Bostock was, extending Title VII’s scope to “transgendered” individuals, despite neither the statute, or, Congress, mentioning or contemplating that group.

Gorsuch’s opinion in that case was a manifest disgrace, in moral, equitable and jurisprudential contexts.

    M Poppins in reply to guyjones. | December 19, 2022 at 10:22 am

    He seemed like a jerk during his confirmation hearing

      guyjones in reply to M Poppins. | December 19, 2022 at 8:20 pm

      I don’t think so — I watched the hearings at the time and thought that Gorsuch conducted himself well. He’s obviously a bright guy and I enjoyed when he made then-Senator Franken look like a total idiot, by using the word “scrivener” when referring to a “scrivener’s error.”

      That said, this Bostock opinion makes me question his logic and his jurisprudence; it’s that confounding.

        henrybowman in reply to guyjones. | December 20, 2022 at 1:01 am

        It was clear to me that Franken misheard the word “error” as “there,” and questioned it because the resulting sentence didn’t make sense.

        But your post did remind me that I had forgotten to install my hearing aids today, so thanks for that. 😘

I agree 100%. Bostock was an atrocious decision, based on the flimsiest of fictions that the text, “because of … sex”, has a single meaning — indeed, a meaning that absolutely no one contemplated at the time the statute was passed or for about the next 35 years. Shameful.

    guyjones in reply to JPL17. | December 18, 2022 at 10:55 am

    And, we can see how difficult future litigation will be for girls/teens/women who challenge the presence of “trans” individuals — pathologically narcissistic and attention-seeking male sociopaths, cosplaying as women in the most offensive conceit imaginable — in their bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. Federal judges — most of whom are Dumb-o-crat nominees, and, are thus predisposed to be sympathetic to “trans” ideology — can now conveniently point to Bostock as binding precedent in rejecting plaintiffs’ claims.

    I’ve stated this on the LI website, many times previously — Gorsuch can never redeem himself for the stain of this appalling opinion; that’s how manifestly awful it is.

    henrybowman in reply to JPL17. | December 20, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I’m ambivalent about that. The opposite ruling would immediately put in jeopardy freedom of electronic communications, ownership of modern firearms, and a host of other things that “weren’t imagined” at the time stuff was written.

Should have left that closet closed.

Under the Pro-Choice ethical religion of Progressive sects, boys are politically congruent (“=”) to girls, babies are socially distanced through technical terms of art, DIE doctrine (e.g. racism, sexism, ageism) denies individual dignity, individual conscience, intrinsic value in the modern family of liberal arts. One step forward, two steps backward.

They’ll have to get the case heard somewhere besides the extremely liberal 2nd Circuit to get a non biased opinion.

Here’s an idea … take a page out of horse race handicapping. For example, Leah Thomas outweighs the average weight of “her” competitors by 75 lbs. Such may be assumed to be muscle mass, therefore to compensate for the added strength, strap 75 lbs. of lead to Leah before the race. Likewise, sprinters … shoes weighing 37.5 lbs. each ought to even the odds.

It would make things more entertaining, especially the swimming events – or event – if Leah doesn’t survive the first lap.

So, there has to be one obligate event where only REAL females compete…. all the rest are open to trans. Maybe they can call it “affirmative action”… that is… for the one event. As long as a female can in a champion in one evenl…

The “unintended consequences” of the feminist war on reality.

Wait till some high school boys decide to compete in girls’ pole vault.
Mondo Duplantis holds the boys’ record at 5.50M, and most competitive boys vault over 5M.

The women’s world record (and Olympic record) is 5.06M. Any of the top high-school boys could decide to compete as girls and immediately break all the women’s records.

College boys (record 6.00M) could decide to switch teams and set records that real women can never hope to approach. Lia Thomas may already be doing that in swimming.

can biological males who pose as women (because that’s all they’re doing really) and without any profound medical alterations deliver/give birth to live young?

that would seem to be the one true test of the poseur’s identity/gender–throughout all human history and truly all the way back to the origin of our species, that is a role assigned exclusively to females by our creator/ evolution / nature, etc

    Yup. A great many of the men (most?) who ‘transition’ suffer from a paraphillia called autogynaphillia. They get aroused by the idea of them being female, But are generally still attracted to women and keep the plumbing.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to texansamurai. | December 19, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    That screening test is barred specifically because it depends on a verifiable fact that cannot be altered merely for ideology. Reality is the one thing not allowed.

    Subotai Bahadur

The best scorched earth attack for this is for 50 good male soccer players to decide they’re feMale and tryout for the national women’s soccer team,
Then roll through every female sport or other traditionally female endeavor and every set-aside for women. Until no women can participate. Until everyone recognizes how utterly stupid and dangerous the policy is and ends it for good.

“Make them live by their own rules.”

Once Rapinoe is ousted for an average male player, I’ll make popcorn for the show. Would make it hard to ignore.

    henrybowman in reply to venril. | December 20, 2022 at 1:07 am

    But I bet the pay for members of the women’s soccer teams would finally zoom, because people would tune in to watch THAT.

    Boy, would THAT tick Rapinoe off.

Capitalist-Dad | December 19, 2022 at 9:29 am

The district judge saying, “… alluding to an individual of the male sex as male is contrary to science,” demonstrates incandescently just how moronic morons in black robes can be, and destroyed any possibility of a fair trial. All the judges so far seem too ignorant to distinguish “science” (scams perpetrated by ideological con artists and liars with PhDs or MDs) as opposed to science where PhD and MD practitioners rely on empirical evidence.

Retiredlitigator | December 19, 2022 at 9:32 am

I am a heterosexual male, married father of two girls and a mix of male and female grandchildren and I applaud this decision wholeheartedly. Why, might you ask? Because it is the fruit of the poisonous feminist tree. Those demented females who fought so long and hard for “equality” with their male coevals deserve to get it, good and hard (as Mencken once said about American democracy). Once men eventually dominate organized competitive sports, as their natural biology will enable them to do even if they “identify” as female, perhaps society at large will reevaluate its theretofore general support for “feminism” in all its perverted disarray. If not, so what? I will still be able to enjoy the outdoors with both my boys and girls, with hunting, fishing, boating, shooting sports and skiing being on the menu. Competitive and spectator sports can disappear for all the impact they have had on our lives and all the “value” they have added to our existence, viz., none! When society recognizes the sheer folly of this “equality” nonsense, perhaps then it will resume some degree of normality. Meanwhile, enjoy the spectacle of men who claim to be women humiliating biological females in every field of endeavor and laugh at their perverted antics.

Phillygirl1807 | December 19, 2022 at 9:44 am

I feel very sad for female athletes today. There is no fairness nor logic in the Connecticut decision. There is only propaganda. The speed at which our American society has been taken over by the progressive left is stunning. I will be wearing my “Remember Normal” shirt today.

I, a woman find it difficult to sympathize with the haplessness of the women’s response. I offer Kate’s comment from Taming of the Shrew: “I am ashamed that women are so simple.” Lawsuits aren’t how to deal with this kind of pernicious nonsense. The entire trnz assault could have been nipped in the bud if female athletes had had the intelligence, initiative and strength of character to have withdrawn from all sports en masse. The trnz numero would have collapsed overnight.

    MajorWood in reply to M Poppins. | December 19, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Those females athletes, for the most part, are just indentured servants, much like their male counterparts. The colleges make money off of them, well, they make money off the men and then the women get their fair cut with title icks. Quitting the sports team would mean withdrawal, and the colleges know this. What would be more interesting is a coordinated decrease in performance. In basketball, it is pretty easy to go on a cold streak by just barely missing shots, and having those passes go just a bit wide or short. They can make their team unwatchable in short order. Then it isn’t just the women but the coach who is now exposed.

A_Cornell_Alumnus | December 19, 2022 at 3:49 pm

“The judges also leaned on past circuit decisions and the Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, which says it is unlawful to discriminate against people based on their gender identity or sexual orientation in the workplace.” There is no connection between this and sports which already have plenty of “discrimination” such as different weight classes for boxers, wrestlers, weight lifters, and so on where size conveys an obvious advantage.

“Woke” leftist track coach: “Here is my sprinter for the 100-yard dash, and he identifies as a woman. You aren’t a transphobe, are you?
Opposing coach: “Of course not. Here is my sprinter, and SHE identifies as a woman. You aren’t an caniphobe, are you?”
“Woke” leftist track coach: “Of course not, I’m woke, inclusive, and socially progressive… what’s a caniphobe, anyway?”
A female greyhound with a competitor’s number walks onto the track. The coach continues, “She can sustain forty miles an hour for only a couple of hundred yards so, for the 440 meter event, I have another female runner who identifies as a woman. I hope you aren’t an equinophobe either.”

Looks like quite a number of female records in sports are about to fall as fast as the scholarship numbers for those actual girls. If I’m a high school boy wondering how I’m going to pay for college I think I just hit the jackpot.

‘satire is often overlooked’

On that note a bit of John Cleese

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFBOQzSk14c

I think it’s GREAT. Feminism did whatever it could to destroy anything male-dominated either by custom or necessity, (women enrolling in all-male schools, women reporters in locker rooms, etc.) so this is just Karma coming around to destroy toxic feminism.
KICK ASS, TRANS RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comic… Karmic irony.

    Men, women, and “our Posterity” are from Earth. Feminists are from Venus. Masculinists are from Mars. Social progressives are from Uranus.

male “=” (politically congruent) female
sex and gender (masculine, feminine) are conflated for social progress

This is why the senate was so important and why it was so incredibly stupid and selfish to deliberately blow the 2021 senate elections in order to pretend the 2020 presidential election was ongoing (it most definitely wasn’t) and why it was selfish and stupid to nominate a slate of unelectable stop the steal candidates for 2022.

I know this isn’t what anyone wants to hear but we really need to end fighting over Trump. By fighting for him instead of the senate we lost it in 2021, and by fighting for him again instead of the senate we failed to retake it in 2022.

These verdicts are the direct result of Biden/Democrat judges being appointed.

Transgenderism is central to the leftist religion, you will not find a single leftwing judicial appointee who won’t fight for it.

Everybody needs to calm down. The leftists are destroying themselves, so we should stand by and let them. Toxic feminist sports, whose proponents went out of their way to destroy men’s sports in order to get Title IX in the first place are reaping what they’ve sown.
What’s not to like??

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to know how deeply evil and depraved this agenda is, go here: https://tritorch.com/predator

The roots of this conspiracy run deep. They are trying to transform this world into a demonic playground… We must stop this.