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Gender Blurring After the Olympics

Much has been said and written about Caster Semenya’s participation in the Olympics, even long before Caster took the gold medal in the Women’s 800 Meter Race on Sunday. Semenya has, to the human eye, some of the physical attributes one would traditionally expect of a man. Leaked medical reports in 2009 showed Semenya had high levels of testosterone, so high that for 11 months afterwards Semenya voluntarily didn’t compete as experts determined whether Caster could be allowed to compete as a woman. All of which has some people asking, should Caster have been allowed to compete in Rio?

Such confusing events are not new to the sports world. I’m old enough to remember the strange case of Richard Raskin who had a sex change operation, became Renee Richards, and then tried to compete in the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament as a woman. After being barred from participating, Richards sued the United States Tennis Association, taking the case to the New York Supreme Court. The courts ruled in Richards’ favor when Judge Alfred M. Ascione stated that having Richards undergo testing to determine gender was “grossly unfair, discriminatory and inequitable, and a violation of her rights.” Only in New York would this pass as sound legal logic.

What has changed between the 1970s and modern times is gender confusion is now cropping up not on very rare occasions but seemingly daily. What can be said of a society or world that can no longer tell or accept the differences between men and woman? Probably not much.

In 2013 the government of Australia printed up an 11-page document to clarify the whole man/woman thing, something I’m sure most Aussies believed they had down pat since they were two years old. Australia tells its citizens, “Gender is part of a person’s personal and social identity. It refers to the way a person feels, presents and is recognized within the community.” If gender is how one feels about it, one could be a man in the morning, woman for lunch, and X by dinner on any given day if the mood strikes. X you see is how Australia asks you to identify yourself on official government documents if you are “Indeterminate/Intersex/Unspecified” about one’s gender. The world, instead of laughing at Australia, has followed suit, and now there is a big rush on for Western governments to allow multiple answers for genders on official documents like passports. Facebook, a cultural force larger than any government, recognizes 71 different genders at last count, although I’m sure by the time you read this the number will be higher. I consider myself a man of the world but am totally out of my depths trying to explain what a non-binary gender is. Fortunate for me, I have the Internet to explain it, and now I know the non-binary folk even have their own flag.

Much like the current gender confusion trend is the gender neutrality club. In this we see the likes of the elite Princeton University which in 2015 unveiled Guidelines for Using Gender Inclusive Language, a four-page document full of examples of what to say and what not to say regarding gender. For example, my belief that the male and female administrators who came up with these guidelines are nitwits is incorrect. Instead I should get rid of the gender specific pronouns and write, the Princeton administrators who came up with these guidelines are nitwits.

Liberalism has imposed a modern tower of Babel on the world, where nothing makes sense nor works. If we look at the Olympics under current logic we have one of two choices. We can have 71 different competitions for each event, or we can have one, as we should be gender neutral. In that case, Caster Semenya’s winning 800 meter time of 1:55:28 pales in comparison with David Rusisha of Kenya who clocked in at 1:42:15. Following this logic we can also streamline the long Academy Award ceremonies. We no longer use the term actress since they are now actors, so why not just give out one statue for best actor? Or perhaps we give out 71 best actor statues and run the broadcast for a month solid?

As the Rio games wrap up, one can’t wait to see what Tokyo in 2020 has in store for us. Perhaps by then we’ll have more genders participating than nations.


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