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Old 20th September 2022, 12:08 PM   #1
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Transwomen are not women - X (XY?)

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But her physique surely gave her an advantage over the average woman of 5'4" with feminine shoulders and less developed quadriceps. The thing is it is not only transgender men who necessarily have a physical advantage in sport. The average male swimmer could never beat an Olympic swimmer such as Sharon Davies.

No average swimmer can beat an Olympic-class swimmer. What is your point, caller?

It has been shown multiple times that if you match élite athletes in a particular sport, men and women, for height, weight and wingspan, then men are still about 10% better than the women. Across the board.


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Old 20th September 2022, 12:15 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Rolfe View Post
There are species which mate for life and remain faithful to one partner, too.
I just had to look that up Wolves!! Didn't know that. Termites !!??!!?! How would anybody know?
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This is hilarious. Vixen is attempting a reductio ad absurdum based on a complete misunderstanding of the claim. Also, there's no reason to explain how absurd her argument is. That's her point. She knows it's absurd. What she doesn't know is that her absurd argument is based on her misunderstanding the claim she's trying to rebut.
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
What makes a person societally male or female is their observable sex.
You may as well drop the adjective if it's not doing anything.

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If you're attracted to males, what makes someone male (and potentially attractive) to you is their male sex that you have observed.
Have you ever actually met a trans man? I've known a few, and they all pass for young males. They are "societally male" in the sense that people react to them as if they were male from birth.

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A man can cosplay his sense of "womanhood" all he wants, but unless he's passing, he's still societally male because of his observed sex.
This leads me to believe that passing as male or female is the key element which makes someone socially societally male or female.

ETA: Now that I think a bit more about this, I'd rather avoid this novel turn of phrase altogether. One is biologically male or female, but societally we are (mostly) men or women and that carries rather more and different freight than the biology of sex.
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Originally Posted by d4m10n View Post
You may as well drop the adjective if it's not doing anything.
Good thing it's doing something.

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Have you ever actually met a trans man? I've known a few, and they all pass for young males. They are "societally male" in the sense that people react to them as if they were male from birth.
I'm pretty sure I accounted for people who successfully pass. That's part of what the adjective is doing.

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This leads me to believe that passing as male or female is the key element which makes someone socially societally male or female.
Sure.

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ETA: Now that I think a bit more about this, I'd rather avoid this novel turn of phrase altogether. One is biologically male or female, but societally we are (mostly) men or women and that carries rather more and different freight than the biology of sex.
As a semantic puzzle I find it mildly interesting.

Part of my position on this for a while has been that for the social construct of gender to mean anything at all, it has to mean not (only) how you perceive yourself, but also how others perceive you. A dude can think of himself as a lady all he wants, but in the bedroom his valid lived identity means nothing in the face of how his date thinks of him.

A societal male is someone who is or appears to be a biological male. That's all it means. This is less an effort to connect with Vixen's train of thought, and more just an aside to explore a very minor linguistic folly (gazebo, not error).
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I just had to look that up Wolves!! Didn't know that. Termites !!??!!?! How would anybody know?
Angler Fish, the male merges with the female and loses organs and become just a set of testicles for her.
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Originally Posted by ponderingturtle View Post
Angler Fish, the male merges with the female and loses organs and become just a set of testicles for her.
Ah yes. Saves a lot of hassle
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Part of my position on this for a while has been that for the social construct of gender to mean anything at all, it has to mean not (only) how you perceive yourself, but also how others perceive you.
This runs up against something I'd call the central tenet of gender ideology, which can be summed up as "someone’s sex or gender is properly understood to be the same as their gender identity." I may well be wrong about this, but I think the idea that "gender is socially constructed" is a line from second wave feminism, and thus holds little sway in the minds of modern intersectional feminists who adhere to the Central Tenet. That said, I think your position is significantly more defensible.
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Angler Fish, the male merges with the female and loses organs and become just a set of testicles for her.
She must have met my wife! [rim shot]
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Good thing it's doing something.


I'm pretty sure I accounted for people who successfully pass. That's part of what the adjective is doing.


Sure.


As a semantic puzzle I find it mildly interesting.

Part of my position on this for a while has been that for the social construct of gender to mean anything at all, it has to mean not (only) how you perceive yourself, but also how others perceive you. A dude can think of himself as a lady all he wants, but in the bedroom his valid lived identity means nothing in the face of how his date thinks of him.

A societal male is someone who is or appears to be a biological male. That's all it means. This is less an effort to connect with Vixen's train of thought, and more just an aside to explore a very minor linguistic folly (gazebo, not error).
Indeed. Just look at all the transmen here:

Manly

And yet several posters here claim they can easily pick out the men from the women...with zero failure rate.
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Point to just one person who has claimed zero failure rate in sexing clothed human beings. Nobody has claimed that even under normal circumstances, with no attempt being made to deceive.

(Debag these individuals, and we'd soon see.)
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The Central Tenet of Gender Ideology

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This runs up against something I'd call the central tenet of gender ideology, which can be summed up as "someone’s sex or gender is properly understood to be the same as their gender identity."
Okay so I came across this passage which sums up the core of the issue quite nicely:
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Martine Rothblatt, a trans woman, lawyer, and tech and pharmaceutical billionaire who would come to public prominence in 2014 when New York Magazine put her on the front cover as ‘The Highest Paid Female CEO in America.’ In 1994, Rothblatt delivered a presentation to the Health Project group entitled ‘Unisexuality: The Wave of the Future,’ the themes of which she reprised in her plenary presentation of ‘The Health Project Report,’ and which laid out the conceptual bones of her 1995 book The Apartheid of Sex, reprinted in 2011 as From Transgender to Transhuman: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Form. In these presentations we can discern the central conceptual plank of the ideology of the present trans rights movement: the claim that sex should properly be conceived as the sex of the mind (or ‘gender identity’), and not the sex of the body, or, as Rothblatt phrases it, “[w]e must finally end the notion that sex is between our legs” and “realize that sex is between our ears.”
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I'm taking the trouble to paste this passage in from an awkwardly formatted PDF b/c it's nice to see the central issue summed up succinctly in the words of an early advocate.
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Indeed. Just look at all the transmen here:

Manly

And yet several posters here claim they can easily pick out the men from the women...with zero failure rate. : rolleyes :
Once your eyes return to their normal operating positions, would you like to address the points I raised here:

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...2#post13906762

Since that post was left behind in the thread continuation, I'll repost it here for your convenience:

The whole thing is a sidetrack, really. I'm not here to engage your Devil's advocacy on the ease of observing someone's sex, or the relative significance of edge cases not actually relevant to the questions I have.

The questions I have being these:

1. To what degree should transwomen be entitled to access sex-segregated spaces for women?

2. On on what basis, if any, should such access be granted?

At the start of this thread, the space I mainly had in mind was women's restrooms, and I didn't really think of it as "sex-segregated". My answers to my two questions would have been:

1. "Total access [to women's restrooms]."

2. "On the basis of self-ID, however I would like to know how we can enable self-ID without allowing predatory males to exploit it, and without having to implement some sort official paperwork ID instead."

Nowadays, my thinking about all that has changed quite a bit, for reasons belabored at length and in depth in this thread. And I still haven't seen even any kind of attempt at addressing my concern in question 2.

If you have answers or arguments relating to those two questions, I'm happy to continue our conversation along those lines. Especially if you have an answer for my concern in question 2.

Otherwise, if you're still on the fence and inclined to more Devil's advocacy, try this one from the other side of the fence: The stipulated position is that fiat self-ID should be the basis for trans access to sex-segregated spaces, and that any kind of "papers please" solution is right out. I'd be interested in seeing your counter-argument to that position, playing the Devil's advocate.

ETA: I'd also very much like to see your reasoning for your claim that it is easier to determine someone's date of birth than their sex.
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Okay so I came across this passage which sums up the core of the issue quite nicely: Source

I'm taking the trouble to paste this passage in from an awkwardly formatted PDF b/c it's nice to see the central issue summed up succinctly in the words of an early advocate.

Utterly delusional though. Autogynaephiles seem to control the world these days.
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Once your eyes return to their normal operating positions, would you like to address the points I raised here:

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...2#post13906762

Since that post was left behind in the thread continuation, I'll repost it here for your convenience:

The whole thing is a sidetrack, really. I'm not here to engage your Devil's advocacy on the ease of observing someone's sex, or the relative significance of edge cases not actually relevant to the questions I have.

The questions I have being these:

1. To what degree should transwomen be entitled to access sex-segregated spaces for women?

2. On on what basis, if any, should such access be granted?

At the start of this thread, the space I mainly had in mind was women's restrooms, and I didn't really think of it as "sex-segregated". My answers to my two questions would have been:

1. "Total access [to women's restrooms]."

2. "On the basis of self-ID, however I would like to know how we can enable self-ID without allowing predatory males to exploit it, and without having to implement some sort official paperwork ID instead."

Nowadays, my thinking about all that has changed quite a bit, for reasons belabored at length and in depth in this thread. And I still haven't seen even any kind of attempt at addressing my concern in question 2.

If you have answers or arguments relating to those two questions, I'm happy to continue our conversation along those lines. Especially if you have an answer for my concern in question 2.

Otherwise, if you're still on the fence and inclined to more Devil's advocacy, try this one from the other side of the fence: The stipulated position is that fiat self-ID should be the basis for trans access to sex-segregated spaces, and that any kind of "papers please" solution is right out. I'd be interested in seeing your counter-argument to that position, playing the Devil's advocate.

ETA: I'd also very much like to see your reasoning for your claim that it is easier to determine someone's date of birth than their sex.
I'm probably somewhere in between where you were at the start of this thread and where you say you are now.
I don't have absolute answers to your questions, cause I don't know. A couple months ago I had zero knowlege of this subject, and I certainly am no expert now.

But I think my question is pertinent--should the transmen whose photo I linked above (or transwomen if you prefer) be denied access to traditional male(female) spaces or positions simply because they were born in the 'other' biological sex?

You (and most here) clearly think they should. I'm not so sure.

Which is why I think it's absurd when you ask me for reasoning of why dob is easier than sex determination. To me, it's patently obvious. Whether you think the DSD or intersex population is .1% or 2%--that implies a challenge to the binary sex assumption that just isn't present when you have a timer and watch a baby emerge from a womb. That's why there are several other whole threads devoted to these subjects. Along with gender and gender ID. And how that relates to policy and societal measures is a whole other subject.

So I see it as complex--not necessarily as "sex is a spectrum" but also not "Its Man and Woman and that's it, baby!"

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Courtesy of the contrarian's at Spiked, a commentary on the alleged beating of one of the surviving participants at the Stonewall Riots, because he was opposing Trans-ideology...


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At the weekend, on a balmy autumn day in Burlington, Vermont, the civil war engulfing what used to be called the ‘gay-rights movement’ stepped up a gear. Seventy-four-year-old Fred Sargeant, one of the most venerable pioneers of gay rights, was surrounded by a jeering mob of trans activists, knocked to the ground, robbed and spat on. At a Pride march.

https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/0...hobia-in-drag/
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This is nonsense. People with ambiguous genitalia are still either male or female, it just takes more investigation to be sure. There is nobody alive who isn't one or the other, hence they are irrelevant to single-sex spaces. They are not a challenge to the binary sex "assumption", they merely require more care in sorting.

Please, what relevance do you think DSDs have to single-sex spaces? The people with male DSD conditions use the male spaces, the people with female DSD conditions use the women's. We don't have any "you're neither one nor the other" category. In addition, trans people do not have DSDs. The problem is not how to police people with DSDs into the correct single-sex space, the problem is how to keep men out of women's single-sex spaces.

Now, your astonishing assertion that it's easier to tell someone's date of birth than their sex was made in the context of a question about whether people who identify as a different age from their chronological one should be able to access services based on their self-identified age. How many people did you watch coming out of the womb, with a stopwatch to check? If you are selling alcohol and a lad insists that he's old enough to buy the stuff, can you, by looking at him, tell his date of birth? Of course you can't. We can only guess someone's age to withing a year or two, at best, getting less accurate as they age.

In contrast human beings are about 97% accurate in determining the sex of other human beings, with no clothes or hairstyle clues, just from photos. Someone encountered in real life with more clues than that is going to be easier. How can you possibly say it's easier for a bar tender to know how old someone is, than for a changing room attendant to know what sex someone is? It's ludicrous.

We've been over the situation where someone has taken extraordinary steps to appear to be the sex they aren't. These are not the people we're concerned about. We're concerned about the bloody obvious men waltzing into women's spaces to perv, leer, plant hidden cameras and see if they can manage a grope.

And you start talking about very rare medical disorders and assuming everyone's exact date of birth is permanently tattooed on their forehead.
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Posters here are claiming that biology is all. Therefore by extension, we should look to see if the animal kingdom also biologically operate female only spaces.
Not only does your conclusion (that which comes after "therefore by extension") not follow from your premise, but you've also got the problems of (1) how to choose which other species or genus from the animal kingdom we should be looking at, and (2) how do we choose which one to model when two or more options might operate in mutually exclusive ways?

"In other words, your post has serious problems.
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I just had to look that up Wolves!! Didn't know that. Termites !!??!!?! How would anybody know?
Foxes, swans - there are many.
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What makes a person societally male or female? {NB - actually a question set by Emily's Cat}
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In a word, genderWP.
"I dissent. We're using male and female to denote biological sex. What makes a person societally male or female is their observable sex.

Consider sexual attraction. Generally speaking, this has a necessary social component. If you're attracted to males, what makes someone male (and potentially attractive) to you is their male sex that you have observed.

A man can cosplay his sense of "womanhood" all he wants, but unless he's passing, he's still societally male because of his observed sex. Trans activists wish it were so easy to just erase our ability and instinct to observe and register someone's biological sex.
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The easiest way to determine sexual attraction is to just the follow the eyes. For example, when a group of people enter a room you will instinctively look at someone you find attractive, as your subconscious often registers something before your intellect does.

You can look at your companion and see what their eyes follow. If you have a partner with wandering eyes you might not like what you see.


*Sorry about this mess, I have to cut and paste from the previous thread to answer.
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No average swimmer can beat an Olympic-class swimmer. What is your point, caller?

It has been shown multiple times that if you match élite athletes in a particular sport, men and women, for height, weight and wingspan, then men are still about 10% better than the women. Across the board.


The point was about 'cheating' in sport. There is no denying that as margins get ever smaller and competition ever fiercer there are a thousand and one ways to cheat and get away with it. (For example, there was an Olympic cyclist who used the fact he had asthma to take a whole load of ephedrine to improve his performance [he was found out]. With muscle building sports, athletes can take anabolic steroids for years, then lay off for the specified time period so it no longer shows up, yet they stilll have an unfair advantage.)

Yes, Sharon Davies is correct that those East Europeans cheating with testosterone should be rightly banned. However, men pretending to be women are only one side of the cheating that goes on. There are female athletes who look like men but I daresay that because it says 'female' on their birth certificate they get away with it.

In the every day world (how many of us are Olympic sports persons?) there are no nanoseconds margins to worry about so less need for furtive cheating. Better for an athlete to be open about being transgender than to be furtive about it.
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Good thing it's doing something.


I'm pretty sure I accounted for people who successfully pass. That's part of what the adjective is doing.


Sure.


As a semantic puzzle I find it mildly interesting.

Part of my position on this for a while has been that for the social construct of gender to mean anything at all, it has to mean not (only) how you perceive yourself, but also how others perceive you. A dude can think of himself as a lady all he wants, but in the bedroom his valid lived identity means nothing in the face of how his date thinks of him.

A societal male is someone who is or appears to be a biological male. That's all it means. This is less an effort to connect with Vixen's train of thought, and more just an aside to explore a very minor linguistic folly (gazebo, not error).
Have you ever listened to the pop song, 'Lola' by the Kinks? Ray Davies who wrote it is as heterosexual as they come (as it were) but nonetheless he had no problems with 'Lola' a transgender getting down her knees (the imagination boggles here but I think we get the drift), which he says is based on a real life experience.
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Old 20th September 2022, 04:12 PM   #24
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This is nonsense. People with ambiguous genitalia are still either male or female, it just takes more investigation to be sure. There is nobody alive who isn't one or the other, hence they are irrelevant to single-sex spaces. They are not a challenge to the binary sex "assumption", they merely require more care in sorting.

Please, what relevance do you think DSDs have to single-sex spaces? The people with male DSD conditions use the male spaces, the people with female DSD conditions use the women's. We don't have any "you're neither one nor the other" category. In addition, trans people do not have DSDs. The problem is not how to police people with DSDs into the correct single-sex space, the problem is how to keep men out of women's single-sex spaces.

Now, your astonishing assertion that it's easier to tell someone's date of birth than their sex was made in the context of a question about whether people who identify as a different age from their chronological one should be able to access services based on their self-identified age. How many people did you watch coming out of the womb, with a stopwatch to check? If you are selling alcohol and a lad insists that he's old enough to buy the stuff, can you, by looking at him, tell his date of birth? Of course you can't. We can only guess someone's age to withing a year or two, at best, getting less accurate as they age.

In contrast human beings are about 97% accurate in determining the sex of other human beings, with no clothes or hairstyle clues, just from photos. Someone encountered in real life with more clues than that is going to be easier. How can you possibly say it's easier for a bar tender to know how old someone is, than for a changing room attendant to know what sex someone is? It's ludicrous.

We've been over the situation where someone has taken extraordinary steps to appear to be the sex they aren't. These are not the people we're concerned about. We're concerned about the bloody obvious men waltzing into women's spaces to perv, leer, plant hidden cameras and see if they can manage a grope.

And you start talking about very rare medical disorders and assuming everyone's exact date of birth is permanently tattooed on their forehead.
Citation, please.
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Have you ever listened to the pop song, 'Lola' by the Kinks? Ray Davies who wrote it is as heterosexual as they come (as it were) but nonetheless he had no problems with 'Lola' a transgender getting down [on] her knees (the imagination boggles here but I think we get the drift), which he says is based on a real life experience.
Nope. It was the guy 'encountering' Lola that was on his knees, and not voluntarily; it seems like he fell over, probably drunk (if you look at the provenance of the song).

Lyrics:

I pushed her away
I walked to the door
I fell to the floor
I got down on my knees
Well, I looked at her, and she at me
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Have you ever listened to the pop song, 'Lola' by the Kinks? Ray Davies who wrote it is as heterosexual as they come (as it were) but nonetheless he had no problems with 'Lola' a transgender getting down her knees (the imagination boggles here but I think we get the drift), which he says is based on a real life experience.
I have no opinion about that.
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The point was about 'cheating' in sport. There is no denying that as margins get ever smaller and competition ever fiercer there are a thousand and one ways to cheat and get away with it. (For example, there was an Olympic cyclist who used the fact he had asthma to take a whole load of ephedrine to improve his performance [he was found out]. With muscle building sports, athletes can take anabolic steroids for years, then lay off for the specified time period so it no longer shows up, yet they stilll have an unfair advantage.)

Yes, Sharon Davies is correct that those East Europeans cheating with testosterone should be rightly banned. However, men pretending to be women are only one side of the cheating that goes on. There are female athletes who look like men but I daresay that because it says 'female' on their birth certificate they get away with it.

In the every day world (how many of us are Olympic sports persons?) there are no nanoseconds margins to worry about so less need for furtive cheating. Better for an athlete to be open about being transgender than to be furtive about it.
What about contact sports? Is it okay for a male bodied transwoman boxer to beat up women? Rugby? Where women have been seriously injured by transwomen.

And what about professional sports? Why should women have their livelihoods impacted by people who went through puberty as males and merely self identify as female (like Lia Thomas)?
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The only arguments for letting males compete in women's events work just as well as arguments for abolishing sex segregated events completely. That may be the objective, of course.
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But I think my question is pertinent--should the transmen whose photo I linked above...be denied access to traditional male...spaces or positions simply because they were born in the 'other' biological sex?
I cannot think of good reasons to bar passing trans men from male bathrooms, locker rooms, sports leagues, etc.

As to male positions, I'd require some elaboration on what those might be.


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However, this thread is about transwomen, and as I have pointed out before, this is not a symmetrical situation.
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However, this thread is about transwomen, and as I have pointed out before, this is not a symmetrical situation.
Of course. I've tried to point this out in crime stats upthread.
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The only arguments for letting males compete in women's events work just as well as arguments for abolishing sex segregated events completely. That may be the objective, of course.
Is there one besides equestrian?
I'm trying to think.
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For me, chess is the weirdest one. As far as I know, there's no rule barring women from competing with men, but there's a separate list for women grand masters. This might be one case where lack of proper support explains the disparity. But this might also be a case where the women land in the hump of the bell graph, and the men land at either extreme.
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You may as well drop the adjective if it's not doing anything.

Have you ever actually met a trans man? I've known a few, and they all pass for young males. They are "societally male" in the sense that people react to them as if they were male from birth.
Trans-men can much more easily pass for male than trans-women can pass for female, largely because of the beard thing (a lot of trans-men go for the unshaven look) and some because they bulk up with weight-lifting. Not really relevant to this thread though, right?
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For me, chess is the weirdest one. As far as I know, there's no rule barring women from competing with men, but there's a separate list for women grand masters. This might be one case where lack of proper support explains the disparity. But this might also be a case where the women land in the hump of the bell graph, and the men land at either extreme.
Larry Summers made some speculations along that latter point, and it did not work out well for him. I recommend watching a whole bunch of Queen's Gambit episodes and five Hail Mary's as penance for this sin.
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What about contact sports? Is it okay for a male bodied transwoman boxer to beat up women? Rugby? Where women have been seriously injured by transwomen.

And what about professional sports? Why should women have their livelihoods impacted by people who went through puberty as males and merely self identify as female (like Lia Thomas)?
Nobody said it was okay. Strawman.


I had a friend who played rugby. I don't know what her sexuality was but I suspect she would not have cared if a transgender joined her team.
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For me, chess is the weirdest one. As far as I know, there's no rule barring women from competing with men, but there's a separate list for women grand masters. This might be one case where lack of proper support explains the disparity. But this might also be a case where the women land in the hump of the bell graph, and the men land at either extreme.
Chess is traditionally male dominated because of its predominance in the Eastern bloc (USSR Russia). As for the bell curve, yes, it has been observed that boys/males tend to cluster at the tail ends of the curve. However, there are plenty of females who are classed as having 'learning difficulties' plus there does seem to be a higher number of persons unexpectedly at this side of the bell curve, possibly because intelligence is not necessarily 100% a normal distribution (which the Gaussian-curve measures) but only approximates to it. It is important to avoid sweeping generalisations such as 'men are more intelligent than women' simply because statistically there are more of them on the outlying +/- 3sd. This could be accounted for by for example, congenital abnormality that results in learning difficulty or extreme growth development.

So the idea that 'men are better at chess' or 'men are better at football' could well be a simple matter of boys being more likely to play these games at school from an early age, whilst girls have to be extra determined to participate int he face of scepticism and prejudice.

It is specious to equate lesser muscle power with lesser intellect. (Given that the brain is composed of fat, not muscle.)
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I had a friend who played rugby. I don't know what her sexuality was but I suspect she would not have cared if a transgender joined her team.
Even if that person were a heavily-muscled 18st prop forward with previous extensive experience at a high level in the men's game? That transwoman would inflict awful injuries on 'her' female opposition.

She should care, as should you.
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Even if that person were a heavily-muscled 18st prop forward with previous extensive experience at a high level in the men's game? That transwoman would inflict awful injuries on 'her' female opposition.

She should care, as should you.
Rugby, like football, is largely a game of agility. I doubt very much an 18st man would ever condescend to join a team of ladies. There is a taboo against men appearing to be 'cissy'.

Few men would ever dream of presenting as female in any way. My ex- would fret if his t-shirt was too long as he didn't want anyone to think he was wearing 'a skirt'.
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Is it okay for a male bodied transwoman boxer to beat up women?
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Nobody said it was okay.
Somebody did argue that it was okay.
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