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:
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.
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.
“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.”