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!

Gavin/Laurel Hubbard (center)

Wealthy New Zealander Gavin Hubbard, now calling himself “Laurel”, bumped two women from their Olympic weightlifting qualifying slots after he decided to compete in the women’s category. Hubbard is the son of cereal magnate and former Auckland mayor Dick Hubbard, best known for his position against allowing gay people to marry or raise their own biological children. [1]

Pink shoes = Female

Gavin “Laurel” Hubbard, 39, was a one-time nationally ranked weightlifter in his twenties [2] but he failed to make his mark competing against other males. He remained active in the sport, funding various events and serving as the Executive Officer of OWNZ (Olympic Wrestling of New Zealand) until his position was eliminated last year. [3]

Hubbard responded to the loss of his authority by funding a new state-of-the-art weightlifting facility to host and sponsor the OWNZ competition itself. [4]

Gavin competing against women.

OWNZ then authorized the women’s competition that Hubbard won on Sunday March 19 at the Australasion Championships in Melbourne.

Spot the middle-aged dude

OWNZ cited IOC guidelines for transgenderism, which allow any male who can prove his testosterone levels are 10 nmol/L or below for one year duration to compete in the women’s division. Any female can compete in the male category if she qualifies regardless of her hormone levels. No female athlete has ever qualified to compete against males under IOC guidelines.  Female athletes that outperform males in male events (example: high jump skiing) have not been allowed to compete. [5]

Typical testosterone levels for males are 9-38 nmol/L, and for females 0.52-2.4 nmol/L. So the IOC guidelines allow typical males to compete “as women” if their testosterone levels are in the low normal male range:

 

The IOC position is that males with testosterone levels in lower male average are female, but testosterone levels in female athletes are irrelevant. It is unknown if Hubbard qualified for the women’s division by medically reducing his testosterone levels or if he is just naturally on the low normal range for males.

When it became known that Hubbard intended to destroy the ranking [6] of female New Zealand Olympian Tracey Lambrechs [Rio 2016) by competing as a male in the women’s 90k+ category, Ms. Lambrechs immediately set her sites on competing against other women by the only means left available to her: qualifying for another weight category away from men.

Olympian Tracey Lambrechs

This involved rapidly losing 38 pounds in order to compete in the nearest woman-only class.

“It was a big shock,” Lambrechs told Radio Sport [on March 4]. “At first I was quite angry and then confused and upset.

“I was taken aback when it first happened but I have no control over anything around me, so I’ve really just been focusing on myself and whatever happens happens.”

She said OWNZ had advised it would only select one competitor per weight division for the world championships.” [7]

Lambrechs. Kickin Ass.

The female Olympian somehow managed to shed the weight in time but underperformed on Sunday as a result. “Obviously losing all that weight my body shape has changed and so my technique is a little bit clumsy at the moment”, Lambrechs had stated back on March 4. She came in second place after the rapid weight loss regimen, losing her qualifying ranking.

The new first place champion of the Australasian heavyweight women’s division, Samoan Iuniara Sipaia, was also stripped of her title and ranking. You can see her on the left below.

Actual heavyweight women’s champ Iuniara Sipaia on left, next to smug creepy male fucker.

OWNZ sponsor and former Executive Officer, white male Gavin “Laurel” Hubbard,  will take her place as women’s heavyweight champion.

 

[1] https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/03/compare-contrast-dick-hubbard-now/

[2] http://olympicweightlifting.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Round-4-June.pdf

[3] http://olympicweightlifting.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-AGM-Minutes.pdf

[4] http://www.scene.co.nz/sport-scene/lift-off-for-new-event/

[5] https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/olympic-committee-rescinds-sex-change-requirement-for-female-short-hill-ski-jumpers/

[6] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_World_Weightlifting_Championships_–_Women%27s_%2B75_kg

[7] http://m.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11811767

Mason Johnson- a woman among women

Mason Johnson- a woman among women

Transgender athletics made the news this week when ‘Transman’ athlete Mason Johnson, born female, dominated the men’s rugby division mere months after undergoing a medical ‘gender transition’ to male..ish.

Aww. You caught me. I’m just kidding. Johnson instead reasonably announced she was delaying her ‘gender transition’ so she could remain competitive in rugby by remaining on the women’s team:

http://www.outsports.com/2016/11/29/13779656/transgender-rugby-quinnipiac-mason-johnson

Because Johnson knew that no amount of medical intervention, no science, no testosterone injections or doping, or proclamations of her ‘male identity’ would allow her to compete as an elite female athlete on an elite male team in a sport specifically designed to measure the human capacity for violent battery and team assault committed by individuals intentionally bred for thousands of years to maximize those capacities: males, whose very physiology has been distilled for the sole purpose of violently controlling the freedoms of people like her: females.

Sensible woman.

Females may outperform males in long-jump skying and endurance swimming, and target shooting, but in bloodsports, not so much. Not yet. Like restrooms, male sports should be open to all who wish to use them. Women’s spaces, not so much.

Speaking of which:  a man named Jillian Bearden (Jonathan Bearden) won the top prize of the female division at cycling’s El Tour De Tucson on his first attempt, by demanding that everyone else pretend he is female because he started taking estrogen pills a year ago, on the premise that feminized males are an abject, tragic lot, so pathetic and worthy of pity that anyone with a heart should dash their own interests (and common sense) to accommodate them.

“Transgender Cyclist is Top Female Finisher at El Tour De Tucson” proclaimed the headline about the male athlete in an Arizona Daily Star article by reporter Ezra Amacher that failed to even mention the name of the actual female winner (Anna Sparks!). http://tucson.com/sports/local/transgender-cyclist-is-top-female-finisher-at-el-tour-de/article_2c7d291f-4376-57a6-9578-3831353032bc.html

“Transgender Cyclist’s Win in Tucson Was Fairer Than It Seems” mansplained the Star’s Tim Stellar. Stellar goes on to quote without investigation the authority of a transgender radiology tech who also competes as a male against women: Joanna (John) Harper.  Harper claims to have objectively studied 7 other male runners who desire to compete against women (one of whom famously exited the testing pool via a ghastly triple stabbing attack on running officials)  and posits himself as the sole author of “the proof” that male athletes begin to perform in female ranges after ingesting a 12 month prescription of magic estrogen pills: http://tucson.com/news/local/columnists/steller/steller-transgender-cyclist-s-win-in-tucson-was-fairer-than/article_0851e258-2eb6-540a-8e60-1875e7bc836d.html

But do they?

Male “women’s champion” Jillian (Jonathan) Bearden never raced the El Tour De Tucson before but he does have a racing history. He raced the Salada Classic both as a male athlete and again later in the female division.

“The Salida Classic hosts a time trial with some of the best views in the State, a criterium in the heart of downtown Salida, and a deceivingly tough road race in the hills outside of town,” reads the event flyer: http://salidaclassic.com/home/

Bearden rode the Criterium in both 2011, as a 30 year old male competitor, and again as “Jillian”, a 36 year old male competitor in the women’s division: https://www.coloradocycling.org/results/individual?usac=506895&license=&year=all

 

30 year-old Jonathan Bearden: 51 minutes and 11 seconds.

36 year-old Jillian Bearden: 48 minutes and 47.9 seconds.

 

Bearden improved his performance after ‘gender transition’.

He isn’t alone.

Male cyclist Anna Catarina Lisk (Richard Lisk) joined Bearden by placing in the top 20 of female competitors at El Tour De Tucson. Like Bearden, he also has a racing history.

 

In 2007 Richard Lisk, then age 36, ran the El Tour at 5:42:57

In 2014 Richard Lisk , then age 43, ran the El Tour at 6:48:26

In 2015 as “Anna” Lisk he improved to 5:34:49.60

Last week, age 46, Lisk’s time was 5:30:33.48

This placed Richard/Anna 16th in women’s rankings and like Bearden, was an improvement in his performance after ‘gender transition’.

 

There were (at least) six males competing in the women’s division at El Tour De Tucson:

 

  • Jillian Bearden (Jonathan Bearden) age 36, transition one year.
  • Claire Louise Swinford age 46, (http://transangels.blogspot.com/2011/07/freaky-little-slut.html)
  • Anna Catarina Lisk (Richard Lisk) age 46, transition one year.
  • Erin Marie Russ (Edward Alexander Russ)
  • A man calling himself “Summer Storm”
  • Ruth Jennifer Seaman (Dr. Jeffrey S. Seaman- psychiatrist)

 

These male athletes were members of Team SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance) https://www.facebook.com/TeamSAGA2016/

representing their newish men-only cycling organization: the Trans National Women’s Cycling Team: https://www.facebook.com/TNWCT

The TNWCT is the first organized male-only team recognized by the IOC and the USAC as ‘female athletes’, according to their literature.

The Fellas:

Jonathan Bearden before

Jonathan Bearden before

Jillian Bearden after

Jillian Bearden after

Clair Louis Swinford- NYTimes photo

Clair Louis Swinford- NYTimes photo

Anna Catarina (Richard) Lisk

Anna Catarina (Richard) Lisk

Erin Marie (Edward Alexander) Russ

Erin Marie (Edward Alexander) Russ

Psychiatrist Ruth Jennifer (Jeffrey S.) Seaman

Psychiatrist Ruth Jennifer (Jeffrey S.) Seaman

MANifesto:

“We are a group of trans women cyclists of all ages, who have created a national all trans women’s USAC race team and club team. The sport of cycling has literally saved the lives of several of our members as we have struggled to achieve acceptance in our roles and in our communities. Rather than succumb to the struggles and challenges we face as transwomen, each cyclist has instead chosen a path of resilience, strength, tenacity, love, and civil stewardship. We ride for one another and for our nation as fully engaged examples of the power and beauty of being our authentic selves. The Trans National Women’s Cycling Team has created something that has never been done before—to bring all trans female cyclists together so we can share our stories and grow as a whole. Together with our members, we will continue to make ripples in the pond. This is our time, and it’s our turn to step forward and be free as our true authentic selves in the sport we love. We are giving back, leading, guiding, and pulling for all Americans. In each city we visit, our group TNWCT will not only race as a team and ride as a club, but also actively promote civility for all and encourage all to embrace their true selves in the pursuit of a deeply meaningful and fully committed life.”

http://WWW.TNWCTeam.com/

 

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Former British Women’s Fell Running Champion Lauren Jeska confessed in court today to committing a vicious premeditated triple stabbing attack on British sports authorities last March at Alexander Stadium.

“Women athlete who tried to murder sports official was transgender and facing review into medals”, reports the UK Mirror Online:

“Sean Kyne, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Lauren Jeska had a disagreement with British Athletics officials which escalated and rather than resolve the matter through the appropriate channels, she armed herself with a number of knives, drove from her home in Wales to Birmingham and launched a premeditated and savage attack on the victim which resulted in the victim and his colleagues sustaining a number of life threatening injuries.”

 

“Fell Runner Lauren Jeska tried to kill British athletics official because she feared the body would revoke her titles over transgender status” The Telegraph reports:

“Lauren Jeska, 42, admitted attempting to murder former professional rugby player Ralph Knibbs, 51, during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. 

It is understood a review was being planned into her status as a female athlete because she had been born a man. Her titles could have been in doubt if UK Athletics ruled that she had had an unfair advantage while competing against women, sources suggested.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and West Midlands Police confirmed Jeska was a transgender athlete after the hearing.

She also admitted two counts of having a knife in a public place and two of assault causing actual bodily harm.

On March 22, Jeska, from Machynlleth, Powys, drove from her home in Wales to the British Athletic headquarters in Perry Barr, Birmingham, armed with a number of knives.

A CPS spokesman said: “The defendant entered their offices and asked to speak to the victim.

“She was asked to wait in reception, however, Jeska walked into the open plan office and attacked the victim and stabbed him a number of times.”

 

From the Daily Mail:

“The former British champion fell-runner, from Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales, used two 12cm and 13cm kitchen knives in the attack with a third blade – a bread knife – stashed in her bag.  

She viciously stabbed Mr Knibbs in the head and neck, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Mr Knibbs, now the head of human resources and welfare at British Athletics after a stellar rugby playing career, suffered life-threatening injuries. 

He famously turned down the chance to go on tour with England to South Africa in 1984 because he opposed apartheid.

Jeska, who the court heard is autistic, lashed out at two other top UK Athletics officials, accountant Tim Begley and Kevan Taylor, when they tried to stop her.

The Daily Mail goes on to report that:

“Jeska is listed as being a member of the Yorkshire-based Todmorden Harriers Running Club on the group’s website.  She was also a second-claim member for Aberystwyth AC.

According to the site, she was the women’s English Fell Running Champion for three consecutive years between 2010-2012 and won the British Championship in 2012.”

 

Both the BBC and The Guardian refused to report on Jeska’s transgender status and his motive for the attack, and misreported him as being a female defendant whose motive was unknown. 

Jeska will be sentenced on November 15.

 

Teska. Photo credit Steve Bateson

Jeska. Photo credit Steve Bateson