While the current administration is supposedly “historic” for females, the 46th president wasted little time taking away rights from women and girls, when on day one, he signed an executive order “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.”
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” the specious edict states. “People should be able to access health care and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination.”
A Wall Street Journal editorial claimed it “began the end of girls’ sports.”
Regardless, the declaration pushed the controversial issue of transgender participation in women’s athletics into the spotlight.
Some muse Biden is only returning to President Obama’s guidelines, following President Trump’s 2017 reversal. But Biden, who is quickly implementing the most radical agenda in recent history, also laid out his administration’s plans for instituting partisan ideology in schools, locker rooms, sports, health care, homeless shelters and more. Obama never went this far.
The executive order instructs a review of any existing regulations where a prohibition on “sex discrimination” appears, and to apply the “prohibitions on sex discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
Experts believe the order is a precursor to the Equality Act, which made it through the House last year, and the Biden administration promised to pass within the first 100 days. This redefines sex and completes the destruction of women’s sports.
I await protest from feminist groups, sports media, or noxious women’s soccer types, who often yell about “girl power” and spew ignorance. Vacuous and hyper-partisan as they are, most probably do not realize these rulings discriminate against their entire sex.
Meanwhile, for now, institutions receiving Title IX funding must allow biological males to compete in women’s athletics.
Last year, the Trump administration sided with female athletes in a well-covered and disturbing Connecticut case, arguing the state’s policy violated Title IX by discriminating against biological females. World-class female runners lost state championships and potential college scholarships because biological males competed in the girls’ division. The fastest female sprinter in the world, for example, has a lifetime best in the 400-meter dash of 49.26 seconds. Hundreds of high-school boys in the U.S. alone could beat her.
“By explicitly including ‘children,’ Biden signals to American girls that he accepts gender ideology’s view that embodied femininity means nothing,” First Things associate editor Ramona Tausz recently wrote in the New York Post. “Today, trans ideology is influencing record numbers of girls and teens to despise their female bodies and do irreparable injury to their fertility and health. Biden’s order shrugs at their fate.”
While we expect hypocritical silence from media types, a 2019 Rasmussen poll found fewer than 30% supported allowing biological males who identify as women to compete against biological females. Why would parents enjoy watching their daughters participate in a rigged competition?
Seems like a new “glass ceiling” has been placed over girls.
It’s been a big week for the “T” in LGBTQ — at the expense of other activist groups, most especially women. The New York Times was so ebullient about a new military transgender policy Monday, they wrote not one, not two, but three separate pieces in a matter of hours.
Not everyone is thrilled, though. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson opined on this lunacy late last week.
“Men who identify as women must be allowed in women-only spaces, boys who identify as girls must be allowed to compete in the girls’ athletic competitions, healthcare plans must pay for gender-transition procedures, doctors and hospitals must perform them, [and] adoption agencies may not seek only married moms and dads to care for children in need.”
Political infighting should commence, and this is done at Democrats’ peril. Pass the popcorn.
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.