Yesterday a girl named Mack Beggs won the Texas State Girls Wrestling Competition. Ordinarily, other than the non-standard name, no one would care. Thanks to Title IX wrestling is a dying sport at collegiate level and for the life of me I don’t understand why Girls Wrestling even exists other than to justify a Boys Wrestling program. No one would have noticed or even heard of it but for one reason, Mack Beggs thinks she’s a boy and is using the miracle of modern pharmacology to imitate one.
High school athlete Mack Beggs, a teenager who is transitioning from female to male, won his 110-pound weight class in the Texas girl’s state championship on Saturday, according to media reports.
Beggs’ family has sought to have him wrestle as a boy, and some of his opponents have said he has an unfair advantage among girls because of the testosterone he is taking as a part of his transition.
The University Interscholastic League, which governs school sports in Texas, said that the state’s education code allows the use of a banned drug such as steroids if it “is prescribed by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose.”
Presumably going along with the fantasy that this kid is a boy is a “valid medical purpose” in the same way that taking LSD because you are convinced you can hear yellow and taste loud is also a valid medical purpose.
Under Texas law, student athletes have to compete in their actual gender, not their imaginary one and so we are witnesses to an utterly meaningless athletic competition. Beggs, who may or may not be a competitive female wrestler, is allowed to take industrial quantities of anabolic steroids and pack on lean muscle mass. Given that, in a best case scenario, a woman will have about 60% of the muscle mass of a male, Begg’s victory had all the surprise factor of Kramer being the top fighter in his karate dojo:
Don’t get me wrong, the Texas law is correct. What is bizarre here is “parents” going along with the self-destructive fantasy of their child and the Texas state school system deciding that this kid violating every doping regulation in place since the East Germans started sending athletes to the Olympics is okay so long as it is in the service of a politically fashionable cause. But that is where we are at. The short-lived self esteem of a very confused kid and parents who have abrogated their responsibility outweighs cheating girls who have trained hard from their rightful reward. Their feelings and their hard work are sacrificed to pseudo-science and fruitcakery.
We can have all the sympathy in the world for the way life is sucking for Mack Beggs but at no point does making her feel good about her delusion take precedence over her being allowed to cheat to win. Because that is all this is.