The Left Has To Deny Obvious Truths, Because Some Truths Just Do Not Fit The Narrative.

Even Bruce Jenner, the winner of the men’s Decathalon in the 1976 Olympics, but is now so f(ornicated) up in the head that he thinks he’s a woman agrees: Will Thomas, the ‘transgender’ swimmer for the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swimming team who now calls himself ‘Lia,’ is not the real winner of the 500-yard NCAA women’s freestyle championship:

For the past several months, she has been a vocal opponent of Thomas competing against women.

“[Lia Thomas] is also not good for women’s sports,” Jenner told Fox News in January. “It’s unfortunate that this is happening. I don’t know why she’s doing it. She knows when she’s swimming she’s beating the competition by two laps. She was born as a biological boy. She was raised as a biological boy. Her cardiovascular system is bigger. Her respiratory system is bigger.

“Her hands are bigger. She can swim faster. That’s a known. All of this is woke world that we’re living in right now is not working. I feel sorry for the other athletes that are out there, especially at Penn or anyone she’s competing against, because in the woke world you have to say, ‘Oh my gosh, this is great.’ No it’s not.”

Mr Jenner is certainly right about one thing: it is the #woke¹ who are driving this.

Lia Thomas’ NCAA championship performance gives women sports a crucial opportunity

Anyone who cares about the advancement of sports, and women’s sports in particular, should celebrate her win.

By Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University professor of American studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies | March 21, 2022 | 3:31 PM EDT

Just Dr Cooky’s title, professor of American studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, ought to tell you that she’s a bit kookie! What professions are there for “women’s, gender and sexuality studies” majors other than university professors?

On Saturday, University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas placed last in the 100-yard freestyle swim during the NCAA championships, ending her career in collegiate swimming. A last-place showing at an NCAA swim meet, even a championship one, would not typically garner national headlines. Yet, Thomas has been at the center of controversy regarding her eligibility to compete in women’s events.

After Mr Thomas’ many victories in women’s swimming, who here believes that he didn’t deliberately throw the 100-yard freestyle race, having already won his trophy in the 500, just to try to tamp down criticism that he was proving he isn’t really a woman by dominating these races? He did, after all, win admission to the University of Pennsylvania, a private, Ivy League school which does not award scholarships based on athletic merit. He can’t be stupid; he knows the criticism which has followed his participation on the women’s swim team.

We have previously noted Mr Thomas times in the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio. In the 500-yard freestyle final, Mr Thomas defeated his teammate, Anna Sofia Kalandaze, who finished second, 4:34.06 to 4:48.99, a 14.93 second margin; Miss Kalandaze defeated the seventh-place finisher by 7.42 seconds, just half of the time she was behind Mr Thomas.

Mr Thomas time would have finished 15th in the men’s final, ahead of ten other male swimmers. The last place male swimmer in the 500 yard freestyle, Luke Scoboria of Bloomsburg University, finished at 4:42.78, 7.21 seconds ahead of Miss Kalandaze’s second-place time. His year of taking testosterone suppressants — he has not yet been castrated undergone ‘sexual reassignment surgery — have obviously not done what the NCAA believe it would.

Are we supposed to believe that more than a year of testosterone suppression ‘therapy’ left him reasonably competitive with men’s swimming times just four months ago, but three more months radically reduced his performance, or is it more reasonable to think that he deliberately shaded his times for political reasons?

This controversy came to an apex last week at the NCAA championships when she became the first openly trans athlete to win a Division I championship in any sport. For anyone who cares about the advancement of sports, and women’s sports in particular, her win should be celebrated.

Women’s sports are situated at a paradoxical intersection wherein sex segregation is upheld through claims of biological difference, yet equality is prefaced on being treated the same and given the same opportunities as men. If we are to change this, we need to ask some important questions. How does one advocate for equitable treatment while also adhering to the notion of biological difference? If separate is not equal in the case of schools, bathrooms, restaurants or other social institutions, can separate ever truly be equal in the case of sports? Would gender-based discrimination in sports be eradicated if sports were gender-integrated?

In this, Dr Cooky assumes that males and females are physically equal, even though they are physically different. Sexual dimorphism is a real thing:

Sexual dimorphism is the systematic difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species.

For example, in some species, including many mammals, the male is larger than the female. In others, such as some spiders, the female is larger than the male. Other sex-specific differences include color (most birds), song in birds, size or presence of parts of the body used in struggles for dominance, such as horns, antlers, and tusks; size of the eyes (e.g., in the case of bees); possession of stings (various kinds of bees), and different thresholds for certain behaviors (aggression, infant care, etc.).

Sexual dimorphism in humans is the subject of much controversy. Human male and female appearances are perceived as different, although Homo sapiens has a low level of sexual dimorphism compared with many other species. The similarity in the sizes of male and female human beings is a good example of how nature often does not make clear divisions. To give an accurate picture of male and female size differences one would need to show how many individuals there are in each size category. There is a considerable overlap.

For example, the body masses of both male and female humans are approximately normally distributed. In the United States, the mean mass of an adult male is 78.5 kg, while the adult female mean is 62.0 kg. However the standard deviation of male body mass is 12.6 kg, so 10% of adult males are actually lighter than the female average.

These differences have real, physical consequences, with human males being physically taller, stronger, faster and quicker than human females on average. That some women are taller than some men is certainly the case, but it is very much outside the norm. My sisters, for example, with the same father and same mother, are eight and ten inches shorter than me, and far lighter. Dr Cooky can hold the view that men and women are equal, if she chooses, as women do have certain advantages: they tend to live longer, and have lower rates of cardiac disease. Women and men can be equally intelligent, though they tend to choose different academic pursuits.

But athletics, despite the wide variety of sports, is a narrow pursuit, and in athletics, the physical differences are important. Certain sports, such as curling, so not depend on size and speed, but on perception and precision, and men and women can compete on an equal basis. My alma mater, the University of Kentucky, just won their second consecutive NCAA Rifle championship, and rifle teams are sexually integrated.

But sports which depend on physical strength, speed and endurance? No, women and men simply cannot compete on the same level. To Dr Cooky, this is an assault on the concept of equality, but if it is, then truth is an assault on equality.

Those who oppose the inclusion of trans women in women’s sports argue that trans women have an unfair competitive advantage and that as a result they will take away opportunities from cisgender athletes. According to the NCAA, these assumptions are not well founded. Moreover, there is a lack of scientific evidence that conclusively demonstrates a direct link between testosterone and athletic performance.

Why, then, do athletes who are using ‘performance-enhancing’ drugs use testosterone as one of those drugs?

Athletic performance is influenced by a number of factors, including hormones, but also other things like coaching and training, psychological makeup of an athlete, access to resources and equipment, among others. Attempts to ban or limit the participation of trans athletes are not based on science. Instead, they are rooted in societal and cultural definitions of what constitutes gender or what defines a woman. Such questions matter because sports are organized based on the belief of natural differences between men and women, and they are sex-segregated as a result. Yet, this ultimately leads to the discrimination of athletes like Thomas.

Here Dr Cooky concedes that the “psychological makeup of an athlete” makes a difference, and in Mr Thomas case, that “psychological makeup” has been dominant: he went from being ranked 562nd among male swimmers, to first among female swimmers. He is 6’3″ tall, physically massive, and completed puberty as a male.

In the end, Dr Cooky is worried that acknowledging the physical differences between men and women, and that those physical differences have a significant impact on athletics, somehow acknowledges male superiority, something she simply cannot tolerate politically. And thus she, like so many others on the left, are having to take utterly idiotic positions, positions which deny simple truths, because some truths just do not fit within their political paradigm.
¹ – From Wikipedia:

Woke (/ˈwk/) as a political term of African-American origin refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It is derived from the African-American Vernacular English expression “stay woke“, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.
By the late 2010s, woke had been adopted as a more generic slang term broadly associated with left-wing politics and cultural issues (with the terms woke culture and woke politics also being used). It has been the subject of memes and ironic usage. Its widespread use since 2014 is a result of the Black Lives Matter movement.

I shall confess to sometimes “ironic usage” of the term. To put it bluntly, I think that the ‘woke’ are just boneheadedly stupid.

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3 thoughts on “The Left Has To Deny Obvious Truths, Because Some Truths Just Do Not Fit The Narrative.”

  1. I’d say Dr. Cooky, what a name, is a thin mint, in the domain of all cookies.

    Congratulations to the Kentucky Rifle team. Adds some meaning to the Kentucky Long Rifle.

    My wife is a pretty good shot with a pistol!

  2. One thing I heard from a local radio talk show host, in Nashville that is, is he went on and on, making good arguments about Mr. Lia Thomas, until the one thing you did that I really applaud. He kept using “She” when referring to Mr. Lia Thomas. The host kept using “she” and it made me want to give that host a terrible lecture on the proper use of pronouns. Saying Lia is a “She” is biologically incorrect, and it is also an incorrect use of the English language, which leads me to think that some folks are willing to concede an argument before it starts.
    Even if Mr. Lia Thomas had some evil sexual reassignment surgery, biologically, he is still a male. Some say “Parts is parts”, but putting an AC Delco spark plug in a Ford doesn’t make it a Chevy. The same goes with replacing parts on a human being. There is no way, biologically speaking, that one can change what God created. You can’t change those chromosomes, no matter how hard one might try.

    And, anyone can change their name, but that doesn’t change anything else.

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