In Alaska, transgender rights trample all over women's rights

This took less time than many of us predicted. In Alaska, a transgender high school student (born with boy parts but living as a girl)  has qualified for the state track meet finals, displacing a young woman who was born with “girl parts.”

KTVA, a local TV station in Alaska, reported on the details of the student who was born in Thailand and the groundbreaking athletic competition:

Haines runner Nattaphon Wangyot qualified for the girls 1-2-3A 100-meter and 200-meter finals Friday afternoon at the high school state track and field meet, but unlike her competitors, she was born with male anatomy.

Transgender equality has become a hot topic of discussion around the country, and Alaska is no exception. The Alaska Schools Activities Association recently implemented a policy to allow individual school districts to decide if a transgender athlete can compete in a sport as the gender they identify with.

“We didn’t want to necessarily create a situation where we were going to bring in a committee and those types of things just because it’s just not practical here,” said ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland during Friday’s meet.

Of course, we are all supposed to be thrilled that Wangyot, genetically a male, was allowed to compete against a group or young women. Because, you know… inclusion. But, what about the girls who were excluded because this Wangyot may have had a biological advantage over them?

In all, 16 runners qualified for state. Saskia Harrison, a runner for Fairbanks’ Hutchison High School, just missed the cut with a time of 14.11 seconds, just behind fellow Hutchison runner Emma Daniels.

“‘I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair,” Harrison told KTVA.

As one wise young woman participating in the race said, “I don’t know what’s politically correct to say, but in my opinion your gender is what you’re born with. It’s the DNA. Genetically a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage.”

That’s what a high school student would think. But, once you have an advanced degree from America’s finer bastions of higher education, you become more enlightened, apparently.

As everyone on the Left fall all over themselves to extend every possible right to transgender individuals, this case forces the question that always pops up when one groups’ “rights” conflict with another’s. Whose rights win? Whose rights are more important?

Or, as the question should be put to Hillary Clinton: You claim to be a champion for women’s rights and you also claim to support transgender rights. Well, whose rights should win in this case, the transgender student who competed in the women’s track meet, or the young woman who lost her chance to race because she lost, to a man?

But, no, reporters won’t ask her a tough, policy question that actually matters to parents and how they are raising their kids rapidly changing society. They’re too busy asking her about how hard it is for her to be a trans-formative figure.

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David Strom 9:21 PM on February 02, 2023