Allowing Men to Play in Women’s Sports Demeans Women

Yet another man has beaten women in a woman’s sport.

The story has gotten quite old, and it’s categorically unfair to women.

The Women’s Professional Golf Association recently tweeted: “Showing nerves of steel, Breanna Gill triumphed in a playoff for her first professional win at the #AusWomensClassic!”

Breanna Gill is a male who now lives as a female. And he is playing competitive golf against females. If this doesn’t outrage you, it really should.

In fact, it outraged so many people on Twitter that the LPGA turned off replies to this tweet. They apparently don’t want to hear the truth.

You see, barring some chromosomal abnormality, people are either male or female. And that reality has to do with more than just the external genitalia. Our sex traits are in all parts of our bodies, and they affect how we think, how we act, how we look, and even how susceptible we are to different diseases.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has studied the human body. Yet today, out of fear of being called a hater or a bigot, more and more people are afraid to tell the truth that we can easily find in science.

For instance, a 2017 article in The Conversation addresses the fact that “throughout our bodies, thousands of genes act differently in men and women.”

A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information explored the cellular differences between the two sexes and found that “males and females have partially different genomes.” It further found that “there are multiple, ubiquitous differences in the basic cellular biochemistry of males and females that can affect an individual’s health.”

Regarding the differences in bone structure between male and female, the National Museum of Natural History stated that “males tend to have larger, more robust bones and joint surfaces, and more bone development at muscle attachment sites. However, the pelvis is the best sex-related skeletal indicator, because of distinct features adapted for childbearing. The skull also has features that can indicate sex, though slightly less reliably.”

So when we hear of someone who is female who now wants to become a male, or vice versa, we must realize that it simply is not biologically possible. Sure, a male can live as a female, and a female can live as a male, but even with hormone therapy and a “sex-change” operation, they cannot become the opposite sex. Believing they can do so hurts both men and women. And we see the ramifications of this not just in sports, but everywhere.

Our society has worked so diligently to right the wrongs against women in the past that it skipped right over the proper way to do this.

We have gone from a culture where women were beholden to their spouses or fathers and couldn’t own property to a culture that wants to make women more like men by saying they should be the same.

But we must remember that being treated fairly and equally does not mean that men and women are the same. There are differences, and these differences are beautiful!

Feminism has become a heavily charged word, but authentic feminism more closely aligns with the Merriam Webster definition, which states that it is a “belief in and advocacy of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes expressed especially through organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

Is it in the best interest of women to compete against biological males in golf or any other sport? Of course not.

Is it in the best interest of women to be denied their femininity by telling them that anyone who claims to be a female can just say so? Of course not.

Is it in the best interest of pregnant women to advise them to kill their babies so they can get back to work?

No. These things serve only to benefit men. These things show that the world does not cherish women; it uses and denigrates them.

True feminism not only ensures that women are treated the same as men but embraces the difference between the two sexes and holds the unique gifts of each in high regard.

This is something we have forgotten lately, as we find ourselves drowning in a culture that wants men and women to be the same not just be treated the same. There’s a big difference.

As a country, we need to wake up to reality. A male living as a female does not mean he is a female. A female living as a male does not mean she is a male.

Though we absolutely must have compassion for those who feel uncomfortable in their own bodies, we must respect them as human beings, and we must never be cruel, we must not allow their confusion to confuse or silence us or to obfuscate biological truths.

Nor must we allow the president or other politicians to dictate science, change the English language, and promulgate falsehoods.

When we hear nonsense from people of authority—especially our president—we must speak out. In a recent proclamation, Biden said, “A wave of discriminatory state laws is targeting transgender youth, terrifying families and hurting kids who are not hurting anyone.”

Mr. President, politicians who pass these laws care about those children and their families. They care because surgeries and hormone treatments are harmful to the kids. This is not hate, but love. We don’t allow children to take Advil to school. We don’t allow them to get their ears pierced without a parent’s permission. Why on earth would it be in their best interest to allow them to take hormones or have surgery that maims?

Now is not the time to remain silent. We must voice our concern, teach the truth, and protect not only our children but all human beings. Telling the truth does not make us hateful. Staying silent and allowing people to harm themselves does.

As Edith Stein, who became St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, stated, “The world doesn’t need what women have, it needs what women are.”

I would go a step further. Our world not only needs what women are, but it needs what men are. Men and women each have unique traits, unique abilities, and unique roles to play in life. Let us embrace them rather than turn our nation into one big androgynous swamp.

This article first appeared in the Catholic World Report at catholicworldreport.com/2023/04/12/recognizing-that-men-cannot-be-women-should-be-par-for-the-course.

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Susan Ciancio

Susan Ciancio is the editor of Celebrate Life Magazine and executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program.