Their performance would not be good enough

Now in case you’re wondering why men would want to identify as women in order to cheat at sport, Fair Play for Women provides a hint:

The IOC decided in 2015 that, for their purpose, a female is anyone who says they are, as long as their testosterone, the primary male hormone, has been below 10 nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) for the past 12 months. The typical testosterone level in females is less than 1 nmol/L. 

These Games are the first since these new rules applied. We know of at least three competitors, Stephanie Barrett of Canada, Chelsea Wolfe of the USA and Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand, whose performance would not be good enough for qualification in the male category, but who have taken a place in a category reserved for female athletes.

That’s why.

They’re not good enough for the Olympics. They’re way closer than I am, for one, but that’s beside the point. The point is that they’re not good enough, and they know it, so they decided to cheat.

I don’t believe for a second that Hubbard genuinely “feels like” a woman or thinks he is one or thinks he has a brain that doesn’t match his body or anything like that. I think he’s just cheating, with no illusions about it. I’m less absolute about the other two, but in Hubbard’s case it’s painfully infuriatingly obvious.

Don’t let anyone tell you that it costs nothing to allow male athletes who identify as women into a female sports category. That if they don’t win a medal they haven’t taken anything away from anyone else. There are at least three women who should be Olympians this year but got bumped off the list to make room for athletes born male.

Heads they win tails we lose.

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