Attacks on women in sports are showing up at the federal level.

These erasures are discriminatory, harmful, and unscientific. Here’s why ⬇️
FACT ONE: Trans girls are natal boys.

MYTH: Sex is not binary.
Gametes reveal our sex. Going through development as a male permanently changes your body, and provides advantages in strength, speed, and power.
Variation within categories does not render the categories invalid.
FACT TWO: Trans athletes have an unfair advantage in sports.

Variation is a feature of complex systems. The fact that some female athletes perform as well or better than some trans athletes is not evidence of your point. Take some statistics, do better, and stop gaslighting us.
Here is one thread of mine identifying some of the many differences between males and females. It’s the tip of the iceberg:
FACT THREE: Erasing female athletes from sport benefits a tiny minority of people.

MYTH: Pretending that male is female, or that up is down, or that Kansas is France, is progressive & awesome.
It’s not. Get people to agree to this nonsense, though, and they’re easier to herd.
Here is another thread of mine to that effect:
FACT FOUR: Dismantling women’s sports to help a tiny minority is anti-democratic.

Trans people, like all people, will be stronger and more capable if, rather than affirming their every delusion, they are met with honesty and compassion.
To continue the ACLU’s framing:

MYTH: Women don’t need separate teams.

Yes, yes we do.

Here is a piece I wrote that is paywalled on my Patreon, but an excerpt is here:…
Here is another of my threads on the topic:
Again: Let us all, every one of us, women and men, play to our strengths, work together, and build ourselves and each other up rather than seeking the humiliation and destruction of whole demographic groups. Let us be kind. Let us be adults. /end

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