Having covered the topic of transgender athletes extensively here, this is a story I’ve been expecting to cross our path for quite a while now. At the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles this weekend, the winner of the women’s 35-39 age bracket was Canadian competitor Rachel McKinnon. McKinnon is a male who identifies as a female. (Daily Caller)
Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of Charleston, won the women’s 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.
McKinnon, representing Canada, bested Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist Jennifer Wagner to take home the gold.
McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion…ever.”
As I said, this day has been coming for a while now. Last year we saw Jillian Bearden (formerly Jonathan) compete in the Colorado Classic cycling event. He didn’t manage to win so the story sort of dropped off the radar, but it was already clear that men were going to be taking advantage of their natural physical attributes in athletic competition in this fashion and bicycling was one of the sports where they would have a serious leg up. (No pun intended.)
McKinnon was not only unapologetic for beating out several actual women for the gold medal, including American Jennifer Wagner, but has previously complained about transgender competitors having to scale back their testosterone to compete. In a January interview, McKinnon was quoted as saying, “Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.”
He went on to carp about catering to cisgender people’s views and attempted to compare this situation to desegregation in sports along racial lines. The two obviously have nothing to do with each other since race plays only a negligible role in athletic ability (if any at all) among the best competitors in any given sport. McKinnon has an unfair advantage even with testosterone suppression and he knows it.
This won’t be limited to cycling because we’ve already seen it happening too many times in other sports. At a Connecticut state track and field event for high school students this year, a boy identifying as a girl cleared the field in the girl’s event and took home the championship, much to the dismay of many of the parents. We also learned this year that the Boston Marathon will be allowing men to compete in the women’s division. We have boys winning girl’s wrestling championships and there’s even a male New Zealand weightlifter competing in the women’s division.
We’re going to eventually wind up having this battle in the Supreme Court, or so I would expect. It’s a symptom of just how far over the edge we’ve gone as a society. Whether you approach the question from a basis of science or culture, our species – along with virtually every other one on the planet – is composed of two genders. Except for cases of rare genetic abnormalities, this is just a fundamental fact. And the two genders are simply different in many wonderful ways. But boys have a distinct advantage over girls in most athletic fields of competition and it’s unfair to allow men to compete against women even if they really, really, really believe they’re female.