FINA Backlash: It Was Bound To Happen

FINA Backlash: It Was Bound To Happen

FINA Backlash: It Was Bound To Happen

Swimming’s International governing body, FINA, made a decision that rocked the left yesterday. Just in time for Pride Month, came their new gender inclusion policy:

According to this from Fox News, FINA’s new “gender inclusion policy” states that only swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 can compete in women’s events.There was also a proposal for a new “open competition policy.” The organization said it was setting up “a new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up this new category.” The whole 24-page policy can be read here.

What is the big FINA backlash about? Well, this, really:

Male-to-female transgender athletes (transgender women) and athletes with 46 XY DSD whose legal gender and/or gender identity is female are eligible to compete in the women’s category in FINA competitions and to set FINA World Records in the women’s category in FINA competitions and in other events recognised by FINA if they can establish to FINA’s comfortable satisfaction that they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later.”-FINA

Considering a child is not able to take hormones until the age of 16, or have gender reassignment surgery until the age of 18 here in The United States, I would say this was well-played. A win for female athletes in the aquatics community for sure. Others may argue the contrary.

Here we go with the “science” again. And, excuse me, “no young trans woman would meet this criteria without access to proper health care?” I’m sorry, but in what universe is chemical castration of a child deemed “proper health care”? Oh yes, that’s right. In the sea of rainbow-haired parents who claim their newborn with a penis is actually a girl and they know this.

FINA has come up with a solution in this guidance however. They will be working to create a category for trans athletes to compete.

Athletes who do not meet the applicable criteria for the men’s category or the women’s category may compete in any open events that FINA may develop in the future. FINA will begin work following the final promulgation of this Policy to determine the feasibility of establishing an open category in Aquatics sport disciplines, in which an athlete who meets the eligibility criteria for that event would be able to compete without regard to their sex, their legal gender, or their gender identity.”-FINA, POLICY ON ELIGIBILITY FOR THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S COMPETITON CATEGORIES

But for the left, this is not good enough. They are still harping on the science.

So unscientific. Even though FINA had a panel of scientists on this board to help come to this decision.

The Science Group was comprised of independent experts in the fields of physiology, endocrinology, and human performance, including specialists in sex differences in human performance and in transgender medicine.

The Science Group reported that biological sex is a key determinant of athletic performance, with males outperforming females in sports (including Aquatics sports) that are primarily determined by neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory function, and anthropometrics including body and limb size. The extent of the male/female performance gap varies by sport and competition, but the gap universally emerges starting from the onset of puberty. The group reported that there are sex-linked biological differences in Aquatics, especially among elite athletes, that are largely the result of the substantially higher levels of testosterone to which males are exposed from puberty onwards.”-FINA, POLICY ON ELIGIBILITY FOR THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S COMPETITON CATEGORIES

See? Even FINA’s science and scientists are “unscientific”! So great to know years of science classes and medical school for some of these people in FINA’s “Science Group” amounted to absolutely nothing in comparison to these brainiacs who are calling out the “science”.

BINGO. More FINA backlash:

Because transitioning at the age of 12 is a form of child abuse. Chemical castration is child abuse. Mutilating the genitals of an individual who is not yet able to fight for their country or vote -even if it’s for a numbskull who falls off a stationary bicycle-is child abuse. Loving and supporting your child to the point of not being able to shoot him or her with the simple reality of their chromosomal makeup is child abuse. A fully-developed MAN, winning a WOMEN’S competition because HE says HE is a WOMAN is abusive to women. Convince us otherwise. “Lia” Thomas does not look, sound or perform in or outside a swimming pool like a woman. Never did, never will. Facts. Not abuse, as they call it.

It’s called harsh reality. And it’s time we start living in it.

Yet FINA’s decision is dangerous and transphobic, as the “Allies” state. Nothing “dangerous” at all about full-fledged, grown MEN in women’s locker rooms? They ignore this concept altogether. The “Allies” will continue to spout off over the coming days about this policy-it’s unfair and not at all rooted in the (their) science, as the narrative goes.

For those celebrating this victory, the battle is not yet completely over. The left will lobby to change the medical community’s guidance on “health care” for trans youth to include earlier administration of hormones and puberty blockers. Wait for it, it’s coming. Mark my words.

Photo Credit: Photographer of IOC via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

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  • Cameron says:

    I see Charles Clymer had to open his mouth and display his ignorance. But good for FINA standing up to this idiocy. Just have a freak category for people who don’t want to compete in their gender and be done with it. Heck, make that category “anything goes” and throw in the dopers as well.

  • NTSOG says:

    I and my wife – both physical educators with experience teaching primary and secondary aged children and teenagers as well as coaching – consider this the proper and only fair [to girls/women] ruling for many, but not all, sports. Up to the end of primary schooling girls can and do perform well against boys in sport, but come puberty the physiques of boys and girls change as do, in my experience, mindsets, i.e. boys tend to become more assertive, even aggressive and girls more socially inclined. Women’s gymnastics is worth considering in relation to the effects of puberty on girls. In 1968 a young woman called Ludmilla Tourischeva won the all around at the Olympics in Mexico [1968]. After her came petite Olga Korbut and, increasingly, tiny, pre-pubescent, girls whose diminutive [almost boy-like] physiques gave them an advantage in terms of power-weight ratio so increasingly complex and gravity-defying stunts were possible.

    In short high-level gymnastics coaches recognised that puberty has a significant and often negative effect on growing and developing girls. The careers of female gymnasts seem to happen in their teens, while male gymnasts grow stronger as they age and often continue competing well into their twenties. Post-pubescent males will always have a physical and physiological advantage over girls/women. When considered with naturally occurring differences in body structure that’s why different sports evolved for men and women and why women cannot ever hope to compete directly with success in certain events especially those requiring explosive power and endurance. However women are often exceptional in some sports against men, e.g. equestrian events in which different psychological and physical traits are required.

    • I believe that some of the differences post-puberty are also due to the changes in center of gravity. Boys to men – there is change in the center parallel to the ground, but very little change in the perpendicular. Girls to women – most have a profound change in their perpendicular center as the chest grows and the hips widen.

      I do wonder if it may also be a culture problem in gymnastics – that a developed female is “washed up” in the sport and doesn’t receive the same intense attention to retrain for their changed bodies. Female ice dancers have all of the same changes, but some of the very best female ice dancers have been “all grown up.”

      • NTSOG says:

        G’day writing observer. I agree that female ice dancers are usually ”all grown up” and are especially elegant and graceful, but have you considered female figure skaters of late? They are increasingly very young and, like their gymnastic counterparts, petite and slim. This makes sense to me as they do have to complete [to use an equestrian term] airs above the ground or ice. That is triple or even quadruple twists requiring they propel themselves upwards. The lighter and slimmer they are the easier it is for them to gain necessary elevation and also wrap into the twist. Your suggestion that “a developed female” [gymnast] might be considered “washed up” is interesting. It would be terrible if coaches considered such mature athletes not worth the effort in comparison to an equally gifted female in her early teens with more years of competitive performance ahead of her.

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