Important policies

The BBC leans heavily on one side of the scale again.

LGBT rights campaigners have criticised World Rugby’s decision to prevent transgender women from competing at the highest levels of the women’s game.

Some have, and others have praised it.

LGBT charity Stonewall says it is “deeply disappointed” with the decision.

“The proposals were based on hypothetical data modelling that has little relevance to the questions of fairness and safety in rugby that the policy review sought to address,” said Stonewall chief executive Nancy Kelley.

Don’t be schewpid. Men are bigger and stronger than women, so letting them play on women’s teams is not fair as well as not safe. Parents don’t call for evidence before telling Joe age 14 to stop beating up Jane age 14; they know it’s not fair.

“Important policies like this should be based on robust, relevant evidence and work closely with trans people playing in the sport.”

What about the importance to women? Eh? What about that? Why are we always supposed to put men who say they are women first and women nowhere?

Transgender men remain permitted to play men’s contact rugby union, but the sport’s governing body says a review of its existing guidelines had concluded that “safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby”.

And why is that? Because of human sexual dimorphism. Everybody knows that, but we’re supposed to ignore it or even lie it out of existence now.

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