Finish the Transgender Argument

Crisis Magazine | 6/17/2019 | Robert B. Greving
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Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” It’s a logic that would be refreshing these days. Here’s a variation that may help with some current controversies: If you want to end an argument, finish it. In other words, one way to end some arguments used for certain causes would be simply to follow the argument to its logical conclusion. If we did that, we’d see how dubious some of these arguments are.

For example, gender and athletics. Some girls as girls want to play on the same teams with boys. (And it may be, though I’m not aware of actual cases, that some boys as boys want to play on the same teams with girls.) Then, some girls have “become” boys and want to play on the boys’ team, and some boys have “become” girls and want to play on the girls’ team. And then, some … persons want to identify either way and play on either team with their identity of the moment. The arguments seem to be not only that acknowledged biological sex should make no difference and also that gender is something one can choose on one’s own; a “private” decision. Well, what are we to do? Who do we let play with whom?

Solution - Arguments - Conclusions - Gender - Difference

Here’s a solution. Let’s take these arguments to their logical conclusions. That is, if gender makes no difference, either because males and females are in all respects “equal,” or because gender is a “private matter,” then the logical conclusion seems to be to abolish any consideration of gender in athletics and have one team per sport per school, period. If gender identity should be no more of a consideration than race or creed, then let’s treat it on our athletic teams as we treat race or creed, which is to say take no...
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