Lets see, a biological male decides he wants to be a woman. Said male “transitions” into being a female, but still has the male hormones and male muscles that he was born with.
Now that same male is claiming that when he enters weight lifting competitions against women, he has absolutely no physical advantage over the biological women that he beats.
You know, except the male hormones and muscles. He must have forgotten that biologically, men are built stronger than women.
Speaking to Newshub on Friday, decorated weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who “transitioned” to female four years ago, said there’s no “fundamental” difference between a biological male and his female competitors, and to suggest otherwise would be “disrespectful” to the women Hubbard defeats in said competitions.
“But some of her rivals’ coaching staff have publicly questioned whether she has an unfair psychological advantage, having previously lifted heavier weights as a man,” reported Newshub.
“Look, I’ve heard that and I think it’s incredibly disrespectful to the other competitors,’ Hubbard continued, “I don’t believe there is any fundamental difference between me and the other athletes, and to suggest there is is slightly demeaning to them.”
As noted by Reuters, Hubbard, 39, recently took home two silvers in the women’s World Weightlifting Championships, placing behind only Sarah Robles, an American.
According to Daily Caller, “He met requirements set by the International Weightlifting Federation and International Olympic Committee to compete as a woman, given that he met the testosterone level threshold 12 months prior to competition.”
DC added, “Hubbard competed as a woman at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, in April and also became the first transgender to represent New Zealand in a weightlifting competition at the 2017 Australasian Championships in March, where Hubbard won gold.”
Hubbard said in reference to the “trolling” he receives on the internet, “I think, as an athlete, you have to try to shut it out, because it just adds to the weight on the barbell.”
But, of course, many still recognize the “fundamental” advantage a genetic male has over his female competitors. Australian Weightlifting Federation (AFW) chief executive Michael Keelan argued that there’s even a psychological advantage.
“We’re in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies … where you’ve got that aggression, you’ve got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights,” said Keelan. “If you’ve been a male and you’ve lifted certain weights, then you suddenly transition to a female, psychologically you know you’ve lifted those weights before.”
To make matters even more appropriate of a facepalm, the gold medalist was a men’s weightlifting champion before he transitioned and began competing against women.
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