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I don’t pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about. Arthur C. Clarke
Last night was another great night at Toastmasters. As part of our role introduction, we were asked why we renewed our Toastmaster’s membership. The answers can all be summed up with personal growth, camaraderie, friendship in meeting likeminded people, and a place to step out of our comfort zone with others doing the same.
Someone who joined a little after me says she is finding her voice, and using it. She will not be muzzled anymore. When we find our voice we find ourselves. We had several guests and one of them asked what topics might be off-limits.
That is a very good question. It is one I struggle with. I am hearing that someone is being accused of hate speech for saying “Women should not have to compete in sports with a transgender woman (biologically male.)
We are going to have to deal with some of these social justice issues. Whose rights trump someone else’s rights?
Self-awareness involves deep personal honesty. It comes from asking and answering hard questions. Stephen Covey
Beth Stelzer, a biologically female amateur powerlifter and founder of Save Women’s Sports, observes, “If biological men are allowed to compete in women’s sports, there will be men’s sports, there will be co-ed sports, but there will no longer be women’s sports.”
People struggling with their identity, and sexuality, should not be allowed to redefine what it means to be a girl or a woman, surely this should be self-evident, and not hate speech.
Transgender men (biological females) have no advantages in sport. Transgender women (biological males) however is a completely different story and transgender girls don’t even have to take any hormone treatment at all so they get all the benefits of being born male.
We have women’s sports because we know females cannot compete athletically against males. This is an issue where one group’s rights are negatively affecting another group’s rights, isn’t that the definition of inequality?
This is a much bigger issue than who uses what bathroom or is called by what pronoun. It will likely be a very contentious issue. Maybe we need another category for sports?
We need to ask ourselves questions as we go forward. I hope women’s sports aren’t sacrificed for misplaced political correctness. We don’t know the unintended consequences of things; we have to deal with those consequences as they arise. Pretending there aren’t consequences isn’t the answer.
Just because topics are messy, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be discussed. Maybe they are the topics we should discuss the most. If we dance around what needs to be discussed aren’t we muzzling ourselves? If when we find our voice, we don’t use it, what was the point of finding it?
Questioning is the ability to organize our thinking around what we don’t know. Unknown
The word ‘Why’ not only taught me to ask but also to think. And thinking has never hurt anyone. On the contrary, it does us all a world of good. Anne Frank
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