The “biological sex is imaginary” lobby has tried having these debates about swimming and running, but it’s really gonna get ugly when it involves men punching women in the face.
Ebanie Bridges has slammed USA Boxing for a ‘Transgender Policy’ that allows male boxers who transition to fight in the female category. The Aussie boxer blasted the policy, saying it is dangerous and puts the health and safety of boxers at risk.
Bridges labelled the decision by USA Boxing as ‘wrong on so many levels’ and believes it is dangerous for female boxers. “I will never agree to this… it’s bad enough having trans women breaking records in other sports like track and field, swimming and powerlifting but it’s a bit different to them breaking our skulls in combat sports where the aim is to HURT YOU not just break a record…however I think it’s wrong in ALL SPORT,” Bridges wrote.
“I have nothing against trans but can’t be skewing the line in sport…. You don’t see reference or debates for transmen in sport… cos it’s not a threat… It ain’t just about the test levels what about their bone density and a heap of other biological factors. Cutting your bits off and adding boobs won’t take back the masculine maturity your body has gone through before you decided you are now a woman.”
USA Boxing is hiding behind testosterone level measurements, but what’s in your blood is just one piece of the puzzle. Bone density and muscle mass are obvious issues.
And this is happening in boxing which already ‘discriminates’ against fighters based on categories.
The absurd concept here is that it’s okay to sort boxers by weight classes but not by sex.
There’s something more wrong with a bantamweight punching a flyweight than there is with a man punching a woman.
But, as National Women’s Law Center President Fatima Goss Graves put it, women and girls should “learn to lose gracefully”.
And USA Boxing really seems determined to bring this South Park bit to life.