Learning to Lose

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by Kristine Christlieb  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 19, 2020   

Connecticut schools teach female athletes the agony of defeat

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Three Connecticut track and field athletes are taking their state's education bureaucracy to court for allowing transgender athletes to compete against them.

Their lawsuit, filed last week in federal court, addresses what it is like to be a female athlete forced to go head-to-head with competitors who have the ultimate advantage — they are biologically male.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, and two other female track and field athletes from Connecticut can tell you from experience: "Now when we line up in front of our blocks and the starter calls us to get into position, we all know how the race will end."

The physical differences between the genders are well known. Men have:

  • Less body fat
  • More muscle
  • Greater heart volume
  • More oxygen content in their blood
  • Greater hemoglobin concentration

All of these factors give men an athletic performance advantage that training can overcome in only the rarest of circumstances and that has allowed two Connecticut biological males to run the table in the girls track and field events in which they have chosen to compete.

As the attorneys for the female athletes put it: "The biological facts of the human species are not stereotypes, social constructs, or relics of past discrimination."

An op-ed piece in support of biological males competing with biological females makes the point that part of competitive sports is "learning to lose."

The Connecticut girls' lawyers say the state's athletic policy ensures that girls get an extra lesson in losing.

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