Hey There, IOC: Why Are You Letting Men Compete Against Women At The Olympic Games?

Donna M.

Like many children of the 70s, I came of age watching Olympians like Mary Lou Retton, Greg Louganis, Scott Hamilton, and Carl Lewis.

They were like young gods; the world held its breath as they gracefully broke the rules of gravity, time, distance, force and speed. The laws of nature appeared to bow to their incredible talents.

For a brief season, mere mortals like me could contemplate the world’s best athletes in awe and admiration. I studied the physiques and mindsets of the female athletes and wondered if I would grow up to have the spring-like stature of a gymnast, the steady hands of an archer, or the endurance of a marathoner.

This summer in Tokyo things are different.

Despite the International Olympic Committee’s mission and commitment “to encourage fair play”, “to act against discrimination” and “to encourage and support the promotion of women,” it has abandoned women. The pinnacle event for female sports is a mockery.

Why? Because men are masquerading as women at Tokyo. At least three men have taken the place of female athletes at the Olympics.

Canadian Stephanie Barret is a 42-year-old archer who was born male — unambiguously male, biologically and sexually. Around 2012, Barret announced on Twitter that he was beginning cross-sex hormones and preparing for cross-sex surgeries. Laurel Hubbard is a 43-year-old New Zealand weightlifter, also born male, who also began his medical transition around 2013. These two will represent their countries at the Olympics.

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