The destruction of women’s sports continues apace, and powerlifting is the latest target.
A Minnesota state court sided with JayCee Cooper, who is a man, in his claim that USA Powerlifting’s restriction on men competing against women violates the state’s anti-discrimination law. Cooper is a transgender woman (which, again, makes him a man), and claims that he was suffering from “years of experiencing discrimination” due to the policy.
that “the harm is in making a person pretend to be something different,” and, therefore, the policy violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The assertion is that USA Powerlifting was “making” Cooper pretend to be “something different” than what he really is, even though he is a man.
a state championship in Minnesota, setting a state record in the process. That is because Cooper is a man, and the championship he won and record he broke were in women’s powerlifting. And now, a court in Minnesota is telling USA Powerlifting that it would be a human rights violation not to let men win women’s championships and break women’s records.
A simple look at the differences in men’s and women’s powerlifting at the highest level shows how delusional this worldview is. At the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, Chinese lifter Li Wenwen set two world records in the superheavyweight division, where participants weigh 191 pounds or more. At the same competition, her numbers were
by men at the following weight divisions: 178 pounds, 160 pounds, and 147 pounds.
Weightlifting has already fallen to transgender ideology on the world stage. Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old man from New Zealand, used his natural strength advantage to
for the Olympics despite being well beyond the prime age for female lifters. As a result, 21-year-old Tongan Kuinini Manumua was deprived of a chance to go to the Olympics. Now, a court in Minnesota is ruling that American female athletes must also cede their spots and their records to men.
All of this is in service of delusion. Men are not women, and they will never be women. That is the case in medicine, where men are being
to sue hospitals for not treating them as women, and it is the case in athletics, where men are being encouraged to sue sports leagues for not letting them compete against (and change in the same locker rooms as) women.
This approach of affirmation at all costs does not actually help transgender people, who suffer from the same
after gender reassignment surgeries as before. All it does is make women second-class citizens in their own spaces, including athletics. With social contagion driving more people to adopt transgender identities, more women will be driven out of women’s sports in favor of men that are, in the words of the court, “pretending to be something different.”