Few people care if men want to dress up as women or women as men. For most such people itâ€™s not a lark but a deep psychological issue likely to cause them some trouble throughout their lives. They are entitled to be comfortable in their own skin.
But everybody else is entitled to care when this imposture infringes on gender privacy in bathrooms and competition in sports, areas where individual lives inevitably affect other lives.
If the imposture of transgendering is skilled enough, it wonâ€™t be noticed in a bathroom. But it canâ€™t help be noticed in sports, for physical gender is simply biology and men tend to be larger and stronger than women. Calling a man a woman doesnâ€™t make him one physically. Gender division in sports was instituted because biology cannot be denied, even though politically correct pretense lately has been trying to deny it in Connecticut and throughout the country and to intimidate doubters out of asserting the obvious.
But here and there some people are not being intimidated. A few state legislators around the country have even introduced bills to reject the transgendering racket and keep boys and girls in their proper divisions in public school sports.
At a hearing on such legislation in New Hampshireâ€™s House of Representatives this month, a girls crosscountry and track and field coach from West Hartford, Meredith Gordon Remigino, bravely decried the unfairness increasingly inflicted on young female athletes by the transgendering racket. Remigino noted that some males who are only ordinary athletes in male events now impersonate females and vanquish all competition there. Indeed, for several years now this has been happening in Connecticut foot races.
â€śWe know firsthand that fairness and equality require sports to be categorized and differentiated based on sex, not based on gender identity,â€ť Remigino told the hearing.
Three Connecticut young women athletes have complained to the U.S. Education Departmentâ€™s Office of Civil Rights about the state policy that is letting transgender boys dominate girls track and field events in the state. Maybe federal action will induce the state to drop its political correctness, face reality, and change the policy, if only until political correctness returns to federal administration.
But most people in Connecticut probably will remain too intimidated to complain about this unfairness until some young man who canâ€™t quite make it on the University of Connecticut menâ€™s basketball team decides that heâ€™s really a woman and joins the womenâ€™s team, or until the womenâ€™s basketball teams at Notre Dame, Tennessee, or Baylor come to UConn fielding players with male chromosomes.
That might be Connecticutâ€™s long-overdue moment from â€śThe Emperorâ€™s New Clothes.â€ť
After all, if even in athletics gender is merely a state of mind, not biology, what about age too?
Surely there are some old men who were never more than mediocre athletes but who feel young at heart and would love to play Little League baseball again against 12-year-olds and swing for the shorter fences. These old men would be no more out of place than the biological males who are expropriating female prizes.
The author of â€ś1984,â€ť George Orwell, saw such nonsense coming 80 years ago. He wrote: â€śWe have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.â€ť As Coach Remigino showed, women too.
Chris Powell is a columnist for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut.