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Woke Culture Breaking Point: Boys who Identify as Girls Allowed to Compete in Girls Sports

This insanity is the woke culture on steroids

By Katy Grimes, March 21, 2021 10:56 am

A woman on Twitter recently asked “What was your woke-culture breaking point?” It’s a really interesting question, and the answers she received were outstanding.

My woke culture breaking point was being told that boys who identify as girls must be allowed to compete in girls sports, and even use the women’s locker rooms and bathrooms, as California authorized several years ago. Anyone daring to question this bit of insanity is immediately called “transphobic” and dispatched to the gulag.

In 2013, San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano pushed a bill through the Legislature to require a student to be permitted to use the male or female bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools, based on the student’s gender self-identification.

Lawmakers who supported the California “bathroom bill” AB 1266, claimed they were protecting civil rights by creating laws for transgender persons. However, the bathroom is usually a place where there is an expectation of privacy. So the question becomes: Whose civil rights are being protected and whose are being trampled?

Then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1266 despite knowing that Washington State had already passed such a law in 2006, and ran into big problems because of it. “Parents in Washington state became outraged last year (2005) when their young daughters, who participate in their local swim club, discovered a male sitting naked in the sauna ‘displaying male genitalia,’” the Christian News Net reported. However, police and school representatives of Evergreen State College alike said there wasn’t anything they could do about the situation because of state law.

That transgender “student” was 45 years old.

This issue is my woke culture breaking point because I was a direct beneficiary of Title IX, a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX says:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX allowed women athletes the right to equal opportunity in sports in educational institutions that receive federal funds, from elementary schools to colleges and universities, because athletic programs are considered educational programs and activities. The penalty for non-compliance with Title IX is withdrawal of federal funds.

I was in elementary school when Title IX passed, and a student athlete throughout the 1970s. Girls entering school behind me enjoyed even more team and individual sports as the popularity only increased opportunities.

Flash forward to 2021 – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office clearly setting up dangerous federal transgender protections:

“Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love. Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports. “

During his campaign, Biden also vowed to sign the  Equality Act, H.R.5, which would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law. But what it really would do is hurt female athletes by providing exceptional civil rights privileges to biological males who identify as women. “If it ­becomes federal law, such men would have a right to spend the night in battered-women’s shelters, disrobe in women’s locker rooms and compete on women’s sports teams — even at K-12 schools,” the New York Post reported.

There are 18 states which allowed transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions in 2019, while 20 others either had no policies or handled each student on a case-by-case basic, according to Transathlete.com, a website that tracks high school policies for transgender athletes nationwide, the Post reported. Two athletes born “biologically male” have “taken 12 women’s state championship titles” previously held by nine different girls, in Connecticut.

“Three female high school runners in Connecticut have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports,” the Post reported last year. “The lawsuit, filed by the conservative nonprofit group Alliance Defending Freedom, claims that the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy allows ‘biological boys’ to beat them at track events and deprives them of possible scholarships.”

This is madness. Girls are now having to sue in federal court to protect rights they already have under Title IX. If this wasn’t about biological boys wanting to win at sports, and only about being transgender, we wouldn’t be having this debate. Why isn’t that being discussed on a national stage?

Author and writer for the Wall Street Journal Abigail Shrier testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week about the dangers of the Equality Act, explaining that the bill hinders equality instead of reinforcing it, the Federalist reported. “Instead of supporting the protections for biological sex outlined in Title IX and established by women such as the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Shrier said congressional proponents and supporters of the Equality Act are “concerned about the progressive groups that will call you a transphobe or a homophobe if you don’t do exactly as they say and abandon women and girls.”

Many ask why members of Congress are doing this, when they are ostensibly elected to represent constituents from their home states. There is no push from the states back home (other than maybe California) to promote the rights of transgender high school athletes above the rights of female athletes.

This is the woke culture on steroids – Democrats, media, government and corporate bureaucracy, clueless celebrities, and academia – in its quest to destroy American culture, heritage, and history.

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9 thoughts on “Woke Culture Breaking Point: Boys who Identify as Girls Allowed to Compete in Girls Sports

  1. Democrats have always been about oppression. They have switched from oppressing blacks to whites, women and Christians.

  2. My first woke breaking point was Target corporation allowing biological males into women’s restrooms and dressing rooms.

    My second was the drag queen story hour for pre-schoolers in public libraries.

    Can we just let children be children. Why do they have to be “educated on transgender culture while just learning to navigate the world? The government forces parents to teach children about sex before they are on comfortable. But hey no Dr. Seuss for them unless Fancy Nancy the Drag Queen is reading it to them!

    Our liberties are being chipped away at every turn.

  3. This is a good example of the political class going off the rails, moving to a place where, I think, there is little to no support. We put up with a lot of this in CA, but usually the political class stays within the bounds of what most people will support. The opportunity to elect different people is limited for now. So I’d like to see a ballot petition that goes to the heart of the matter, with a simple and direct text: “Multi-occupant restrooms, locker rooms, showers, and educational programs receiving public funds, shall be limited to a single biological sex type.” Or something like that.

  4. This woke insanity reminds me of the French revolution. Before long the guillotines ran out of necks to cut and so the French turned on each other to keep the heads rolling. These woke monsters are now turning on each other. Hopefully when they have destroyed each other conservatives will pick up the pieces and rebuild a sane society.

  5. I suggest everyone read “The Transgender Industrial Complex” by Scott Howard (2020) for a well-documented explanation as to just what and who is behind this anti-biology movement is about. This is an agenda NOT about equality and is well-funded by lots of foundations, only one of which is George Soros’s. The fact is that women and girls are going to lose each and every time at sports events if this agenda continues. It needs to be stopped — to say nothing of the genuine harm HRT (hormone replacement therapy) causes.

  6. I have been involved with the sport of wrestling for a long time, first as a competitor in both high school and college. I then coached and refereed for years. If I was the GIRLS wresting coach at a high school and the other team put a DNA-confirmed male on the mat, I would send out our school’s best male wrestler in that weight class and let the other school cry prejudice. What incredible, evil BS. The United States is rotting from within.

  7. Here is an expert witness affidavit in an ACLU court case complete with data about biological sex difference in athletic performance. This was made by a Professor of Exercise Science and Kineseology at the University of Nebraska and submitted as part of a Transgender athletic case in Idaho. Professor Gregory Brown discussed his paper on the Progressive Radio Network which had a very sympathetic and nuanced conversation about this issue. I think we need to see there’s a difference between Progressive and Fauxgressive, just as there is a difference between “awake” and “woke.” The real progressives see through the culture wars and their assault on common sense.

    https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/hecox_v_little_-_declaration_of_gregory_brown.pdf

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