A transgender mixed-martial arts (MMA) fighter who broke his female opponent’s skull is being portrayed as a hero who is “a true profile in courage” and “the bravest athlete in history.”
You went through puberty as a man your bones are denser, your muscles are bigger, stronger…that’s basic biology. That doesn’t change…if they did a blood test it will always come back as a man. Again simple biology…how you feel is irrelevant.— Angel (@asnyc2016) February 16, 2021
Fox was born a biological male, but travelled to Bangkok in 2006 to get surgeries to become a trans woman at the age of 30.
Fox was permitted to fight in the women’s division in MMA despite some opposition.
In 2014, Fox fought female opponent Taika Brents. Within the first two and a half minutes of the first round, Brents suffered a concussion and her orbital bone in the skull was fractured by Fox.
Despite Brents’ blood spilling all over the mat, Fox didn’t stop hitting her until a referee stepped in to end it. After the gruesome fight, Brents received several staples in her head.
During an interview, Brents reflected on her fight with Fox:
“I have struggled with many women and I have never felt the strength I felt in a fight like that night.
“I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor.
“I can only say that I have never felt so dominated in my life and that I am an abnormally strong woman in my own right?
“I still disagree with Fox’s struggle. Any other job or career that I say I try, but when it comes to a combat sport I don’t think it’s fair.”
People on the political left and right are beginning to come together to protect women's sports https://t.co/kgKmsMXGB3— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 15, 2021
Zeigler claimed Fox valiantly overcame unfair criticism over the fight with Brents and other wins against female opponents. He called Fox “a true profile in courage” and a trans athlete who “is the bravest athlete in history” and suggested critics are transphobic.
All of the threats of physical violence and disgusting slurs I've received today on every social-media platform and email just prove the point I've been making for years:— Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) February 16, 2021
This trans athlete is the bravest athlete in history.
A true profile in courage: https://t.co/H1JY0TkrbB
Zeigler interviewed Fox regarding the fallout with the fight against Brents and her injuries. Fox shrugged it off, saying:
“This happens all the time. I’m not the first female MMA fighter who’s broken another fighter’s bones or caused a large amount of stitches or a concussion or any combination of those.
“And people will of course, because I’m trans, hold it up as this devastating thing that couldn’t possibly happen if I weren’t trans.
“But there are many different examples of similar things happening.”
Two of the transgenders at the center of the #lawsuit have won 15 girls state championships since 2017. #AllianceDefendingFreedom #Connecticut #Court #Discrimination #Education #HighSchoolSports #lawsuit #Sports #transgender #USNews #Women #WomeninSports https://t.co/HcyOVk6vpX— The Western Journal (@WestJournalism) February 16, 2020
Yet, many are speaking up about the physical dangers to females.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is a physician, has said allowing males to compete in female sports is misogynistic and anti-science:
“Some boy who’s 6-foot-2 competing against my 5-foot-4 niece doesn’t sound very fair. I wonder where feminists are on this?”
‘What Planet Are You From?’ — Rand Paul Slams Biden’s Education Secretary Nominee Over Transgender Athletes https://t.co/cE0leP8Vxk— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 4, 2021
UFC fighter Paul Costa blasted Fox and the promoters who booked the infamous fight with Brents:
“He was born a man, and he is a man, even though he calls himself a transsexual. It’s absurd cowardice, not only by him but also by the promoters of any event that has accepted this kind of absurdity.
“He has simply annihilated the girls who have fought against him. They were slaughtered, they put their lives at risk, they put their physical integrity at risk.
“I don’t want to get into [the personal aspect] of his choice, to be transsexual or not, homosexual or not. What happens here is that a man is fighting against girls, against women, as if he were one.
“This is absurd, and it can’t be accepted.”
There are growing concerns in terms of physical safety and equity in allowing males who identify as female to compete against biological females. Biological men have a distinct advantage because they are naturally stronger, faster and bigger than females.
Retired British Olympic swimming champ Sharron Davies said trans athletes have a biological advantage because men have more muscle, bigger lung capacity and better endurance. She told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in 2019:
“If you are born male … you are going to have a bigger lung capacity. You are going to be taller. You are going to have bigger feet, bigger hands, a better red blood cell count, better hand-eye coordination.”
Davies also noted that the male advantages don’t go away simply because a transgender athlete takes testosterone-suppressing hormones during transition:
“The majority of men transition after puberty, so they have all the extra strength that comes with testosterone that’s very much pumped through the body when you go through puberty.
“Even if you suppress for one year, it will make very little difference to your actual performance. And women just cannot … beat them.”
The physical advantage that males have enables them to easily take championships, titles and scholarships away from female athletes.
On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on gender identity that mandates any school, which receives federal funding, must allow males who identify as female to play on girls’ sports teams.
Schools that acknowledge biological distinctions between males and females could face repercussions from the Department of Education through the loss of federal funding.
Biden Transgender Executive Order Sends Female Athletes ‘Back to Before 1972’ By ‘Erasing Biological Sex From the Law’ https://t.co/qDbgH6vQRo— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) February 8, 2021
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Biden’s order also forces girls to share bathrooms and locker rooms with transgender individuals:
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”
However, several states are pushing back against Biden’s push for men in women’s sports.
"I mean, that’s my gender. I didn’t even think about it. That’s who I am."— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 16, 2019
Stripped of women’s records, transgender powerlifter Mary Gregory asks, "Where do we draw the line?" https://t.co/H3RlLCnK1I
Last week, the Mississippi Senate on Thursday voted in support of female athletes by ruling that regardless of what gender they wish they were, men cannot compete in women’s sports.
The 34-9 vote sends the bill to the state House of Representatives, according to CNN.
Senate Bill 2536, designated the Mississippi Fairness Act, covers not only high schools, but colleges that are either publicly controlled or members of the NCAA and other national college organizations.
The bill states:
“Athletic teams or sports designated for ‘females,’ ‘women’ or ‘girls’ shall not be open to students of the male sex.”
In addition, the bill also says that a student may establish his or her sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that confirms the student’s sex based solely upon three factors: the student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy; normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone; and an analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.
Four states are in the process of advancing laws that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing in the categories they “identify” with, according to reports. https://t.co/wYgOPuBqwb— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 13, 2021
Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee recently said that transgender girls should be banned from playing on middle and high school sports teams or they will “destroy women’s sports.” He further explained:
“It will ruin the opportunity for girls to earn scholarships. It will put a glass ceiling back over women that hasn’t been there in some time. I think it’s bad for women and for women’s sports.”
“Every time a transgender woman secures a spot on an elite women’s team or wins a scholarship reserved for female athletes, a biological female loses an opportunity. #SaveWomensSports #IWregs #BidenErasedWomen.”
Every time a transgender woman secures a spot on an elite women’s team or wins a scholarship reserved for female athletes, a biological female loses an opportunity. #SaveWomensSports #IWregs #BidenErasedWomen https://t.co/NjFwSdxxpS— Independent Women's Forum (@IWF) January 21, 2021
Tennessee is one of a dozen states with lawmakers backing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for trans minors this year, according to NBC News.
Why Rand Paul and LGBT champion Martina Navratilova agree about transgender athletes https://t.co/FwzPD1RqbF— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 8, 2021
The proposals come as a growing number of state high school athletic associations in the U.S. have enabled transgender athletes to play on teams based on their gender identity, and the NCAA has trans-inclusive guidelines for all its member schools, according to NBC.
She should be running against similar ability athletes, we need groups for men, women, transgender men and transgender women. We have successfully established a system for the Paralympics, why can't we have this system in the Olympics and it will filter down through competition.— M Wilson💙🏴 (@mmhabla) February 5, 2021
There is growing interest in having transgender athletes compete against each other since they would share the same chromosomes and gender identity, which would make sports more equitable, especially for biological females.
It would also stop accusations that some athletes have deliberately switched their gender in order to participate in women’s sports, which is considered easier than the male versions, and go on to break records and win awards.
“As a father of 3 daughters & the husband to a former collegiate athlete, this hits home in a special way. It’s time to create a separate transgender category in competition!
“Also think it’s time for me to start a podcast bcuz some things need to be discussed in detail! #respect.”
As a father of 3 daughters & the husband to a former collegiate athlete, this hits home in a special way🤯It’s time to create a separate transgender category in competition!— Marcellus Wiley 🧢 (@marcelluswiley) January 30, 2021
Also think it’s time for me to start a podcast bcuz some things need to be discussed in detail!💯#respect pic.twitter.com/FFhmZutmmP
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