Linda Bellos Gets TERF’d

October 19, 2017

Hannah Mouncey

The regulatory body of the AFL has ruled to block male athlete Hannah Mouncey from competing against women in the first annual draft of the newly formed professional Women’s League.

Hannah, formerly Callum Mouncey, 27, previously competed on the Australian Handball team until 2015, when he came out publicly as transgender.

Callum Mouncey, Handball Player

Transgender people strongly identify with sex stereotypes, generally those enforced on the opposite sex, which they believe constitute a core aspect of their personalities.  In Callum’s case, this meant adopting a traditionally female name (Hannah), growing his hair to a more stereotypical female length, and taking an off-label cocktail of testosterone blockers combined with high dose estrogen in an attempt to achieve a male version of female secondary sex characteristics (breast growth, softer skin, etc.)

Hannah announced his intention to transfer to the women’s handball team, which he believed should admit him in deference to his strongly held identification with female sex stereotypes.

He’s a LayDee…

 

Callum wasn’t alone in his gender beliefs. Most people support a tradition of sex-stereotypical behaviors (Pink is for girls, Blue is for boys). And he was part of a popular burgeoning social trend: The Transgender Movement, which asserts that sex-stereotypical categories (femininity, masculinity) must be maintained by the premise that non-conformers are actually, in some way, reproductively different.

Fueled by social role anxieties wrought by the Feminist and Gay Rights movements -which either intentionally (the former) or not (the latter) destabilized traditional power relations between the sexes, the transgender ideal developed as a safety valve to prevent a potential wide-scale sex-role implosion and was implemented with every bit of fervor as the traditions themselves. Gender has never been more popular.

Before Hannah could follow through on his plan to compete against women on the handball team, something unusual happened: The Australian Women’s Football League.

Australian Football is not, as has been widely misreported, a form of soccer. It is a full contact, full body, tackle sport played with an oval ball similar to an American football. The ball is bounced, kicked and carried, and features repeated “toss ups” where the biggest, tallest players (called “Ruckers”) engage in one-on-one combat for control of the ball.

Australian Football is not soccer (and this is not a picture of Mouncey).

 

Australian Football (called “Footy”) is also unique in that it is wildly popular among both men and women, far more than soccer or any other sport. Fully half of the audience is female. Historians have found records dating as far back as 1876 of women and girls calling for a female football league, and local amateur women’s teams exist in many localities and are quite popular among both men and women. In 2013 the Australian Football League announced that a professional women’s division would be established in 2020, but the idea was so popular they launched it earlier than planned in 2017.

Callum Mouncey, now “Hannah”, saw the potential at succeeding in Footy that he never qualified for as a man among men. By competing against women, he could rise to the top echelon of elite Footy players in the most popular sport in Australia. He abandoned his plans to apply for the female handball team and joined a regional minor league women’s team in Canberra, announcing his intention to prepare for the first major league women’s draft. Unsurprisingly, at six-foot-two and 220 pounds of male musculature, Hannah displaced a female athlete, and under direction of the team’s male coach played as the team “Rucker”.

 

“I know I’m different and not necessarily in a good way or bad way, but I know I am going to be seen differently,” Mouncey said in an interview leading up to the draft.

“People have said ‘With how big you are you’ll probably hold back a bit so you don’t hurt anyone’ and I’m like ‘Well no, I’m not going to hold back, that defeats the whole purpose’.

“I had my ribs broken in my last game so I know they can hit me as hard as I can hit them and do damage. It is different and I know it is seen differently but I won’t approach it any differently.”

 

Like many sports body regulators worldwide, the AFL adopted the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines for transgender male athletes who wish to compete against women based on their identification with women. Technically the IOC guidelines also apply to female athletes who identify with and wish to compete against males, but unlike the many male “transwomen” competing in elite female sport: no female athlete who identifies as transgender- even those who take testosterone injections- has yet been competitive amongst males in any high school, college, regional, national, or elite competition.

Accordingly, the IOC guidelines allow women to compete against males without restriction, regardless of testosterone or other doping measures, as long as they assert a strongly held identification with biologically male persons by the transgender ideal.

Male athletes, on the other hand, are required to subscribe to the transgender ideal but also provide proof that their testosterone levels fall in the low typical male range (10 nmol/l) for the duration of one year. (Normal testosterone levels for males are 10- 35 nmol/l. For females only 0.35- 2 nmol/l.)

The IOC adopted these guidelines arbitrarily, based on their political desire to support the transgender ideal. There is no science suggesting that decreased testosterone levels (or psychological identification!) in males creates parity among the sexes in athletic competition. Rather, males who identify as transgender, although a tiny minority, have exceeded in women’s sport, even at advanced ages: Women’s Golf Champion Lana Lawless, Women’s Fell Running Champion Lauren Jeska, Women’s Cycling Champion Kristen Worley, etc.

Commentary by Mianne Bagger, a man who competed on the women’s golf circuit.

 

The IOC policy was largely informed by a Portland radiology technician named Joanna Harper (who is himself a male who competes against females as a distance runner) and a 2004 study of sixteen non-athlete males undergoing cross-sex transgender hormone treatment conducted by Dr. Louis Gooren, who implemented the treatments being studied. Gooran’s study was never replicated, but found that this tiny cohort after one year showed a decrease in red blood cells close to female levels, and also a decrease in male muscle mass, but one that did not drop to female levels. No further changes were noted after three years.

The study concluded:

“The question of whether reassigned M-F can fairly compete with women depends on what degree of arbitrariness one wishes to accept, keeping in mind, for instance, that similar blood testosterone levels in men have profoundly different biologic effects on muscle properties, rendering competition in sports intrinsically a matter of how nature endows individuals for this competition.”

Harper’s study [PDF] was conducted over seven years and involved a mere 8 subjects, all males who competed against women after testosterone blocking. Three of the runners were national champions against women, and two were highly placed but described as “sub elite”. The study compared race times before and after hormone treatment. The race times were self-selected and self-reported. The majority were unable to be confirmed. Two of the subjects were entirely anonymous internet respondents who refused to verify their status as real people, even when their privacy and anonymity was assured. Two of the subjects showed a reduction of race times in one instance that rendered their performance comparable to female competitors in that race. One subject vastly improved his race time over his time in the male category when he competed against women. The rest fell somewhere in the middle, but for different reasons.

Male subjects whose race time dropped seemed to have other issues:

After transition, runner four began to experience a significant number of injuries which prevented [him] from training as rigorously as [he] previously had. It is not surprising that [his] results got worse as time went on. Runner five experienced both weight gain and a loss of motivation in the years after [his] transition. In fact [his] motivation declined to the point that [he] gave up racing not long after the submission of [his] results.

On the other hand, runner seven blossomed as a runner after transition. Eventually, [he] doubled [his] weekly training distance. [He] also lost approximately 10 kg of body mass after [he] started to train harder. It is not surprising that [his] times and age grade scores showed a subsequent improvement.”

These two tiny unrepeated studies/anonymous internet surveys of less than 25 subjects in total provide no verifiable science whatsoever, but comprise the sole and only data reviewed by the IOC before adopting a male inclusion policy in female athletics that was clearly based on the prioritization of the feelings of a minute number of males over the rights of the entire female population to compete against other women on a level playing field.

 Above all else, women’s sports should exist to help men achieve their dreams. The female athlete that loses her spot to a male? Disposable. Welcoming men who non-conform to sex stereotypes of masculinity into male sports? Of course not. That is women’s work.

 Mark Robinson of the Herald Sun described Hannah Mouncey as a “lost soul” whom women’s sports had disgracefully failed to save, which is the mission of women’s sport:

 The AFL pats itself on the back in its promotion of inclusion and diversity and love, but sadly for Mouncey she doesn’t qualify under those parameters.

Inclusion it seems is not for everyone and frankly that is a disgrace.

It is a confusing and sad situation because Mouncey has basic human rights.

You have to feel for her.

She doesn’t want to be the face for transgender people. All she wants to do is play footy.

Colleague Alistair Paton tweeted: “Can’t imagine how tough it would be to not fit neatly into society’s idea of what gender should be. We shouldn’t make it harder.”

Can’t disagree.

Mouncey is currently a lost soul and the AFL hasn’t helped her, preferring to protect its competition instead.”

[bolding by me-GM]

Callum/Hannah Mounsy echoed this lost soul/redemption perspective in a tv interview ahead of the draft. The priority of women’s sports, the responsibility of women’s athletic leagues, is supporting males who subscribe to the transgender ideal.

“Sport really has to play a role in being accepting and supporting people through a transition because sport is unique in that it is, you know, especially men’s sport, a very masculine environment. It can be quite intimidating. And I was quite intimidated just coming out. Not intimidated… but just had no idea- I was really worried about how people would take it. But, uh, you know- they were fantastic. So I think sport really has a role to play in obviously providing support to its members and realizing just how much of an impact it can have, that each sporting organization can have , because it really can in many ways make their transition a success or a failure. Socially. And that’s a huge responsibility to have, and I think sports in general -they probably don’t know that’s a responsibility that they have, and the impact that they can have. I think the impact is the big thing. I think the responsibility to its members- I’m talking about all sports here- but it doesn’t quite understand the impact it can have on a person’s life who is transitioning. For me it was incredibly positive and had such a huge positive impact that I’ll be forever grateful for everyone involved in the sport, but it can have the exact same effect the other way. Which would be devastating.”

 What would be devastating for women and girls is having their league undermined after over 150 years in the making, so that women can be battered by men in order to preserve the idea that men who want to be pretty and wear little black dresses are not actually male.

What would be devastating for women and girls is to have a society so utterly disregard them that they can’t even be centered in their own league after 150 years because some dudes have gender feels.

The AFL ended up overriding the scant, unsubstantiated IOC guidelines, for now, instead relying on existing Victorian Equality Opportunity and Human Rights Guidelines which allow for women to have their own sports on the basis of defense against unfair competition.

Footy for women, will not at this time, feature a male athlete battering women athletes who exist in the minds of many, to serve him.

BOOM!

We Need To Talk About Gender

September 22, 2017

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TRANS HEALTH MANIFESTO

September 20, 2017

 

‘Action For Trans Health’ Logo (Facebook)

From the UK ‘Action for Trans Health‘ Org:

TRANS HEALTH MANIFESTO

INTRODUCTION
Following the centuries-long repression of trans lives at the hands of the state, the next stage in the UK government’s war of bureaucratic attrition is the recent publication of an NHS consultation that fails in every possible capacity, and a survey that gathers less data than we’ve already presented them. We call upon everyone fighting for the health of trans people to boycott this consultation & the survey, and reject its procedures & results in full. We encourage hostile participation in the form of direct submissions of demands that don’t react to the questions posed or restrict themselves to the scope imposed by the government.

We wholly reject the NHS’s attempt to codify the abuse, torment & traumatisation of trans people under the guise of ‘healthcare’. We demand accountability for the historic & present abuse of power that the NHS has encouraged glorified psychiatrists to carry out. You do not own our bodies, you cannot control our lives, and you will not prevent our needs being met. We will not tolerate compromise.

The following living document is our vision for trans futures.

We do not consider that our work will ever be complete, there will always be greater things on the horizon. As such, this manifesto is not final, but an open draft which will evolve as we do. This is our call to action. We will fight anyone who stands in the way of universal liberation. This is war, and we will win.

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Promo on the 60 Minutes Australia Facebook Page (since removed).

Australia’s 60 Minutes program failed to air a segment on a transgender teen Sunday night after advertising it all week. The promoted story featured a young man named Patrick Mitchell, who was administered estrogen tablets from the age of twelve by his mother, Ali Mitchell, after she obtained the prescriptions under false pretenses by claiming they were somehow needed for herself.

It is yet unclear whether a physician prescribed them or if she somehow ordered them online without a prescription. Also unclear is whether any blood tests were done to screen the boy for dangerous complications such as liver damage or blood clots. Either way, Ms. Mitchell claims she was justified in doing so and broke no laws. She administered the drugs based on the assessment of clinicians who had diagnosed her (then 12-year-old) son as transgender.  Now a feminized 14-year-old male teen with breasts, Patrick says he was misdiagnosed, and is seeking to reverse the changes.

“Just so you know I didn’t break the law. My son was suicidal. When seen by clinicians – and the wait for this was life threatening in itself to the point where I could not continue to work or leave him alone – he was diagnosed by them as transgender. When you won’t blink an eye at your son marrying a 6’4” broad shouldered bride with facial hair and an Adam’s apple … maybe – and only then – then comment on ‘what you would do’. It is illegal to prescribe hormones to an under 16 year old – not for these children to take them. It is the only way to manage the bone growth and soften features – like feet growing into size 15 feet – in such a child. This was not a quick decision. I wanted my child alive and positive about their life future – whether a boy or a girl that is ok too. I appreciate most comments – but like me you think this will never happen to you. Stay close to the ones you love – and let them know that it’s never too late to live your truth. The negative comments on social media are only more reason why living in Australia with diversity is stupidly difficult. Should we have continued on because we had alreadly done so much – or let him re enter life as a boy. These children can end their lives in an instant. It becomes a matter of life or death. When someone says NO to RUOK you take every professional advise available to you. You don’t self diagnose. No child would want this on a whim. It’s terribly REAL at the time. I don’t think anyone would wish anything but life and acceptance for all people – children included.”

– Ali Mitchell, commenting publicly on the since removed segment advertisement on 60 Minutes Australia’s Facebook page.

From the 60 Minutes Australia Facebook Page

 

From the 60 Minutes Australia Facebook Page

 

She went on to comment:

“I took every pathway to the letter. If we’d had quicker access to help and blockers things might have been different – but the society’s are overloaded and under resourced. We discussed and were guided in every step by the top in their field and those required to complete lengthy psychiatric assessments quite separately to any parent being of influence or ‘in the room’. I had never known anyone transgender till this happened in our world. Patrick hopes telling his story might help other kids who are distraught in this – nothing more. Best wishes, Ali.”

 

From the 60 Minutes Facebook promo page

 

More:

 

From the 60 Minutes Australia Facebook Page.

 

Patrick’s mother, Ali Mitchell (Public Facebook)

 

Women’s Day Australia is running a feature on the Mitchell’s story in their print edition this week. Excerpt:

Patrick Mitchell tells: “I transitioned into a girl… now I’m a boy again”

This Aussie schoolboy started growing breasts and transitioning into a girl at just 12 years old – before he realised he made a terrible mistake!

SEP 03, 2017 9:30PMBY MORGAN REARDON

In this exclusive interview and on the eve of his surgery to have his breasts removed, he tells Woman’s Day he has no regrets.

Looking at Patrick Mitchell now, you’d have no idea what an emotional rollercoaster he has been on since he made the decision to transition into a girl at 12 years old.

Now, just two years later, the high school student is about 
to have an operation to remove excess breast tissue in what will be the final stage of his extraordinary transition – back 
to being a boy.

“I was experiencing discomfort in my gender… 
but that’s no longer the case,” explains Patrick, who nevertheless has no regrets about the past two years.

This very unusual journey began when Patrick was just seven years old and visiting a friend’s house, and the topic of trans people came up.

“It was the first time I’d heard the phrase ‘trans’, and because I’d always identified with girls 
I thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl,” he says.

“I was always more feminine and liked baking, gymnastics and fashion – my superhero name was Organza Man.”

Even so, it wasn’t until he was 12 years old and refused to return to school because of severe bullying that he discussed any of this with his family.

“When everyone went to sleep I’d stay up late researching trans people and potential surgeries that I could have to make me look more feminine,” he says.

“It was so hard to wake up every morning and see something new on my body, 
or that I’d grown. It was so depressing – I hated looking in the mirror. I didn’t know who the person staring back at me was.”

Seeing him struggling, mum Alison decided to home school Patrick and broached the subject of transgender with him.

“I’d seen a story on TV about transgender people,” says Alison.

“I said to Patrick, ‘I’m not saying this is you but I think we should speak to somebody about it.'”

“I hadn’t even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face – I hadn’t seen him smile for months.”

Shortly after, Patrick met with doctors who diagnosed him with gender dysphoria, a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there’s a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.

As puberty approached, Patrick began transitioning to a woman.

In the beginning of 2017 however, Patrick started to have a change of heart when a female tutor referred to him as “one of the girls” during a lesson.

“I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” Patrick says.

 

60 Minutes Australia issued no announcement or explanation regarding their decision not to air the advertised segment. Hundreds of outraged viewers left complaints on the 60 Minutes Facebook page after they tuned in to watch and found the story was not aired as expected.

Viewers who emailed the show received the following comment:

“Dear [Viewer],

Thank you for your message. The story was due to air, however there were production issues that prevented us from screening the story on Sunday. We hope to be able to broadcast it in the next few weeks.

Kind Regards,

60 Minutes Team.”

60 Minutes response to emails.

 

Observers speculated that 60 Minutes pulled the segment over concerns that the broadcast would negatively affect the outcome of the September 12th national postal survey to be conducted on same sex marriage. Citizens will vote on whether the government should begin proceedings to legalize same sex marriage. The non-binding postal survey has been hotly contested by LGBT and right wing groups. Much of the opposition links gay marriage to the transgender children debate, presenting same sex marriage as the ‘slippery slope’ leading to the medicalization of gender in children.

The national same sex marriage vote itself is being challenged by LGBT advocates in Australia’s Supreme Court this week. They seek to overturn the vote on the grounds that the survey was not funded via the usual parliamentary process. They also contest whether the Australian Bureau of Statistics has the authority to administer the survey. Same sex marriage advocates would like the postal survey to be cancelled and for parliament to legalize gay marriage without a popular vote.

Either way, the national vote should be decided “in the next few weeks”, which aligns with the timeline presented by 60 minutes to run the program.

Earlier this year, ABC Australia enacted a last minute cancellation of the BBC documentary “Transgender Children: Who Knows Best?” after transgender activists lobbied for its censorship. The documentary presented alternate views of clinicians – some critical- on the practice of medically stunting the growth of reproductive organs in children who are gender non-conforming.

You can watch the (now censored) 60 Minutes promo for the segment on the Mitchell’s story here: