be a man

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 03, 2010

The World Series is over, and American sports fans turn their attention to other topics. Such as this new development reported by ESPN:

A female-to-male transgender member of the George Washington women's basketball team wants to be identified as a man this season.

Junior Kye Allums-- who used to be known as Kay-Kay-- is referred to on the school's web site as a "male member of George Washington's women's basketball team."

Allums, who is presumably equipped with female chromosomes, gains no athletic advantage from the gender reassignment. Kay-Kay was an outstanding female basketball player: good enough to secure a place on a highly competitive college team. Kye now becomes a fairly mediocre male player, not nearly good enough for the men's team, but still qualified to play with the girls because... because...

OK, help me out here. If you accept gender reassignment with a straight face, and believe that Kay-Kay has a right to become Kye, you're still groping for an explanation of why a male should be allowed to perform in contests that are restricted to females. Is it because Kye isn't really a man? Don't try that argument with the gender activists on campus. Is it because men are now allowed on women's teams? But they're not. Why is it, then? Simply because Kye subjectively thinks of herself as a man? How do you write that policy down in the league's rulebook?

With Kay-Kay/Kye, again, the gender switch does not produce an unfair competitive advantage. But in another case it might. Suppose a male basketball player, unable to make the grade in a highly competitive league, decided to try out for the women's team. Would he be required to produce some proof of his new status as a woman? What sort of proof would be satisfactory? 

Intercollegiate athletic competition is serious business. A talented basketball player might go through a 4-year college with all his expenses covered by an athletic scholarship, while his classmates face tuition and fees mounting up $200,000 for the same educational experience. A male player with a bit less talent-- and a lot less self-respect-- might now think about changing his gender identification and seeking a scholarship to play on the girls' team. 

Would it be worth it? I suppose it depends how much you value higher education, and... other things.


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  • Posted by: - Nov. 06, 2010 5:28 AM ET USA

    OK, now I AM confused. Guys weren't/aren't allowed to play volleyball in high school or college because it's a girl's sport. Yet guys and gals were "equal" and both played several other sports, basketball included, throughout the year. I never did hear a good explanation for this, unless you count the "some people are more equal than others" undertone. I can't wait to see how Title IX advocates explain this one!

  • Posted by: pauljworthington637024 - Nov. 04, 2010 11:19 AM ET USA

    And, I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body.

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Nov. 04, 2010 1:51 AM ET USA

    And what would stop him/her from marrying another him/her and having a gay/straight marriage that could possibly be potentially recognized in all states? We need this new equality! Of course, a man marrying a woman qualifying as a transgender gay marriage. The bold new frontier. -End sarcasm-