I believe people should present themselves the way they wish. You have but one life; live it as you choose.
Have you always wanted to dress like a pirate? Do it, if it’s worth more to you than freedom from stares at the post office.
Fancy yourself an 18th century Yankee Doodle? Suit up, so long as you can deal with reactions at Jiffy Lube.
In my view, everyone has the right to think as they do, say as they wish, and — with grand lenience — live as they dream.
It should be noted that the following topic is unrelated to issues of identity. It is, rather, one of fairness. And safety.
Not long ago, a ubiquitous bumper sticker laid it out: “There’s No Excuse for Domestic Violence.”
On the left side of the aisle and elsewhere, people decried the physical abuse of women.
And why? Because men were bigger and hideously stronger than women; they must never use that fact to hurt the vulnerable and comparably weak.
Despite a recent and unprecedented trend in movies, the same still holds true: Whereas the 5-foot actress with Kermit the Frog arms now regularly sends a 200-pound dude flying across the silver screen, in reality, he’d just be perhaps mildly annoyed.
“Why’d you hit me?”
Yet, the world of athletics is moving toward a bumper sticker revolution.
Apropos, in Great Britain, referees of women’s rugby are quitting. Why? An invasion of men.
So noted the weekend’s Sunday Times.
One ref offered a powerful summary:
“Being forced to prioritize hurt feelings over broken bones exposes me to personal litigation from female players who have been damaged by players who are biologically male.”
Another referee explained that cultural Marxism is preventing people from speaking up:
“If you even ask the question, you are told you are a bigot.”
Odd, given that “bigot” means “intolerance of an opposing view.”
So how rough is the game getting? The ref pointed out that, over the course of half a season, he’s seen five women’s players with beards.
Former Olympic Sharron Davies has a thought or two on the subject:
“My daughter Grace was told at the age of 11 she could no longer play with the boys because it was no longer safe. How can they have that rule in place and…say it is perfectly okay for a transgender woman who is a biological man to play with the girls, but girls who are girls are not allowed to play with the boys because it is dangerous?”
On the other side of the argument is Kelly Morgan, a man identifying as a woman in the Welsh league.
And he’s mowing those chicks like so many lawns.
Kelly’s coach explained to the BBC last month:
“She’s going to be a good, good player for the next few years, as long as we can stop her injuring players in training.”
Team Captain Jessica Minty-Madley’s got the gift of metaphor:
“[Kelly] folded a girl like a deckchair during a game, which was quite funny, but they’re still friends.”
Kelly himself appears to believe he’s a victim of circumstance:
“I do feel guilty, but what can you do? I don’t go out to hurt anybody. I just want to play rugby.”
Many Democrats want the same for America, via the “Equality Act,” which would add gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (here).
Those people had no idea they were marching for men to one day be able to legally pummel women.
Lady boxers, watch out: You’re about to get your faces broken.
Even though there’s no excuse for domestic violence.
The field umpire who quit told the Times:
“This is driving female players and referees out of the game.”
**If you can tolerate some vulgar language, see Joe Rogan’s summary of the issue at this link.
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