Madison Kenyon is an impressive young lady who runs track for Idaho State. She is justifiably upset that women are being forced to compete against men in college sports because of left wing social engineering. Here she makes her case.

Kenyon: NBC News recently declared that women are engaging in “transphobic rhetoric” simply by offering reasonable objections to the destruction of their sports.

No doubt we will hear the same thing as we approach the upcoming Winter Olympics, if any female athletes express concern about the International Olympic Committee’s new transgender athlete guidelines.

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Those guidelines include an interesting—and really hypocritical—statement, in which committee members recognize “the need to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their gender identity or sex variations, can practice sport in a safe, harassment-free environment that recognizes and respects their needs and identities.”

By “everyone,” it seems clear the committee only means people who identify as a sex different than the one they were born with—because by allowing men to compete against women, the committee is pretty much ensuring that female athletes will have to compete less safely and fairly.

And, for any women who object to that, it’s clear that many authority figures—coaches, administrators, sports officials, elected officials, and even the Olympic Committee itself—will not only harass them, but refuse to respect their needs and identity.

I know how frustrating all this is. I’ve been competing for the last three years as a track-and-field athlete at Idaho State University, where five times I’ve lost competitions to a male who chose to identify as a woman.

Any female athlete can tell you how defeating that is. Being a competitive athlete is about so much more than showing up for the race, or even doing all the workouts and practices. It’s about everything you give up for your sport—the day-after-day of getting up early, the parties you skip because you can’t stay out that late, the family and school events you can’t attend because you’re competing or working with the team. All of that feels trampled underfoot by that male runner pulling ahead of you.

My fellow female athletes and I are not supposed to notice that, suddenly, we’re running against people who aren’t like us—who are naturally stronger and faster, who are suddenly winning all the prizes we’ve worked so hard to obtain, and who now have access to all the scholarships and athletic recognition we’ve legitimately earned.

We’re supposed to smile and cheer and clap and pretend that we’re all very happy about this—that we don’t object to seeing our years of effort and lifelong dreams go up in so much smoke, and that we don’t mind denying reality as long as it pleases the woke crowd and keeps our school safe from a lawsuit.

As an athlete and a biology major, I find it fascinating that the same sports authorities who would think it crazy to put a heavyweight boxer in the ring with a flyweight—just because the first guy “identifies as a flyweight” this week—think it’s perfectly natural to put a male on the running track or soccer field next to a woman and declare that “fair.”

…It’s like racing a cheetah against an ocelot. You can say, “Well, they’re both basically fast cats with spots,” but everyone knows which cat is likely to win the race, every time.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on January 12, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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