The discussion is all about transgender bathrooms, but it was never just about bathrooms. High school freshman sprinter Alia Bales probably doesn’t have any problem with Haines High School senior, Nattaphon Wangyot, being transgender, but she does have a problem with competing against a biological male.
In what is believed to be a first for Alaska, a transgender athlete competed in an individual event at a high school championship Friday at the state track and field meet at Dimond Alumni Field in Anchorage. Wangyot was among hundreds of students competing on the first day of the championships.
You can utter the word equality all you want, but Ice runs faster than Alia because Ice is a male who identifies as a female, and Alia is a female who doesn’t have the benefit of a male’s anatomy. And because equality, much as it’s a lovely word, doesn’t work the way we would like it to work just because that’s how we would like it to work.
Tall and lean with long black hair and an easy smile, Wangyot didn’t look much different from any of the girls she raced against.
This isn’t about diminishing Ice. It’s about not diminishing the females who find themselves competing against Ice. This is about whether, and how, to accommodate the question of gender identity in the real world, because like it or not, boys and girls are different.
Unlike so many of you SJWs, neither Loretta Lynch nor Catherine Lhamon are so shallow and simplistic as to not realize that once the wall has been breached between sex discrimination and gender identity, the ramifications are pervasive. And all this time, you thought it was just about bathrooms? They knew you would, because you can’t grasp the conceptual implications and obsess instead over the concrete issue in your face.
So discrimination against the 31 flavors of sexual identity is an evil that must be eradicated? Fair enough. But how do you plan to accomplish that without making it impossible for Alia Bales to have a chance to win the 100 meter dash? Or in the workplace? Or in the million other scenarios where questions will arise? But none of this occurred to you because you were busy fighting the bathroom wars, too insipid to grasp that a redefinition of sex discrimination would include all aspects of life and not just who is in the stall peeing next to you.
What the government has done by executive fiat is force this change upon us. What it will mean won’t be recognized for a long time, decades perhaps, as its implications filter through our daily lives. Oppose it and you’ll be branded a hater (as I am), because that’s what simplistic people do when their failure to grasp the implications gets in the way of their social justice feelings. But then, what about Alia Bales? All the Alia Baleses who will be affected by the various implications of this fundamental redefinition of sex discrimination? And the Arnold Baleses too.
Maybe this is the way society chooses to go. Maybe there are good answers to all the questions that will arise. Maybe, after deliberation, discussion and the creation of rules that allow for accommodation of the interests of all involved, we will decide that this is the policy we want. But for now, it’s being rammed down our throats without any discussion, any rules, and we are still at the very top of a very slippery slope. We’ve got a lot of sliding to do before we cross the finish line.
So would it be better to think about it, to consider the ramifications of this paradigm shift, now, before we deprive people of their opportunities in the name of providing other people with their opportunities? Or just shut our eyes, pretend it’s all about equality and go full steam ahead, mindlessly leaving the dreams of some in the dust so the dreams of others can win the race?
Maybe there is a good, thoughtful, viable way to accomplish everything we hope to achieve in the quest to end those forms of discrimination we find unacceptable. Maybe not. The time to figure it out is before the damage is done. Even if you lack the capacity to grasp the problems being created, coming down the road, they will find you. Then, you will cry, “how did this happen?” This is how.