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Cementing

Two different issues:

The Biden administration on Thursday proposed new rules governing how schools must respond to sex discrimination, rolling back major parts of a Trump administration policy that narrowed the scope of campus sexual misconduct investigations and cementing the rights of transgender students into law.

Sexual harassment and assault are one issue, and what “transgender” means is another. They shouldn’t be mashed together in a single sentence.

The proposal would also address discrimination under Title IX, the federal law signed 50 years ago today that prohibits the exclusion from, or denial of, educational benefits on the basis of sex in federally funded programs.

In other words, I think, the proposal would hijack Title IX’s protections for women’s rights to apply them to men who want to usurp women.

…the administration had taken the position that Title IX did not extend to gender identity.

Perhaps the one thing the administration was ever right about. “Gender identity” isn’t sex, so of course Title IX doesn’t extend to it.

“Our proposed changes would fully protect students from all forms of sex discrimination,” Education Secretary Miguel A. Cardona said in remarks Thursday morning, adding that the new rule would “make it clear, those protections include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

“Discrimination” meaning what? Of course people shouldn’t be persecuted for having a “gender identity,” but that doesn’t mean their pretend “gender identity” must be treated as reality. Doctors shouldn’t be ordered to perform gynecological exams on men, and men shouldn’t elbow their way into women’s sports.

[O]ne of the major changes in the Biden rule is the inclusion of sex-based harassment to include, “stereotypes, sex characteristics, pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity,” according to the proposed rules.

So will we be seeing women accused of “harassing” men because the women don’t agree that the men are women?

The department will issue a separate regulation on how Title IX applies to athletics, including how schools should determine a student’s eligibility to participate on a male or female athletics team.

The issue has become a culture war flashpoint in the last year, as Republican-dominated legislatures in at least 18 states have introduced restrictions on transgender participation in public school sports, and at least a dozen states have passed laws with some restrictions.

For the billionth time, the issue isn’t “transgender participation,” it’s men invading women’s sports.

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