Won’t Paula Radcliffe Get Into Trouble About Trans Athletes At The Boston Marathon


No doubt this will all be marked down as another incident of transphobia. Or hatred, or whatever it is that it’s all being called now. You know, that simple observation that male and female musculature, on average of course, differ and that this provides advantages in certain activities. This advantage not disappearing because of a claim of the possession of a female brain.

Do note that we’re not arguing with that concept of the possession. Only that there are times when musculature does indeed matter – when running a race for example – and when it doesn’t – being polite about pronouns of choice for example.

But, you know, this is indeed a problem:

Well, yes:

For those who prefer it all written out:

Paula Radcliffe: Transgender runners who identify as female get ‘unfair’ advantage to qualify for Boston Marathon One user hit back that “people should be able to identify how they chose”, to which Radcliffe replied: “They can identify however they want to. Just not in a sporting competition where they can deprive a woman of a qualifying place. “This is because qualifying times for women are slower than for men since biological men are capable of running faster than biological women.”

Isn’t that appalling. Insisting upon discussing biological reality when considering trans issues. Rather not the point at all isn’t it, not the point amounting to a hate crime?

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Not really muscles – bigger lung capacity, bigger and more powerful heart, better circulation to muscles, taller and stronger bones. Since this is the marathon in this instance, bigger and stronger muscles aren’t that important.

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There’s some* evidence that women outperform men in very long distance ultra-marathons.

* ‘some’ because there aren’t very many such races and they aren’t as carefully controlled and monitored as standard marathons.