South Carolina is drawing a line between boys and girls.
Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed H4608 Tuesday, and it’s not the sort of law that would suit Lia Thomas.
From the Save Women’s Sports Act:
Athletic teams or sports designated for males, men, or boys shall not be open to students of the female sex, unless no team designated for females in that sport is offered at the school in which the student is enrolled.
Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex.
The law affects “sports that are sponsored by a public elementary or secondary school or public postsecondary institution,” which must be offered either for females only, males only, or both sexes.
And private schools aren’t entirely exempt:
A private school or a private institution sponsoring an athletic team or sport in which its students or teams compete against a public school or institution must also comply with this section for the applicable team or sport.
The legislation looks out for those affected by violations:
A student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers any direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section may initiate a cause of action against the school or postsecondary institution…
A school or postsecondary institution that suffers any direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section may initiate a cause of action against the governmental entity, licensing or accrediting organization or athletic association or organization as provided in subsection…
Also protected: Those who report rule-breaking.
A student who is subject to retaliation or other adverse action by a school, postsecondary institution, or athletic association or organization as a result of reporting a violation of this section to an employee or representative of the school, institution, or athletic association or organization, or to any state or federal agency with oversight of schools or postsecondary institutions in this State, may initiate a cause of action against the school, postsecondary institution, or athletic association or organization…
South Carolina follows 15 other states in keeping sports biologically-based.
In a myriad of ways, the country seems to be simultaneously moving in opposite directions.
While select states are preserving the partition between men and women, dissenting forces and their favoring institutions are gaining ground.
Society’s becoming increasingly complex. As I’ve noted before, in the past, there was no such thing as “gender identity” in general. People didn’t walk around thinking “I’m a boy” or “I’m a girl.” Rather, they just…walked around.
Now that we’ve added another layer of personhood, how do we sort it all out? Sixteen states look to be leaning toward a return to simpler times — when sex was sure and self-perception was nobody’s business but one’s own.
Given our increasing chasm, what sort of future is in store? Only time will tell. But it appears the nation might possibly take the separating approach of 16 legislatures — rather than a politically co-ed kind of country, we could end up irreversibly divided into Red America and Blue America.
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