By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Legislation that would prohibit transgender girls and women from competing against biological girls and women in Wisconsin’s schools was introduced last week by state Rep. Barb Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc).
While the far left decry the bills as an attack on transgender female athletes, supporters of the bills — and there are many — assert the “Protecting Women in Sports Act’ relies on science to achieve equality. It seems liberals have given up on both, at least when science and equality don’t nicely fit into their ferocious identity politics.
“Title IX was created out of a recognition of a biological distinction between men and women, and the need to make sure women and girls have equal opportunities to compete on a level playing field in sports,” the bills’ author states.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The code protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.
Title IX states that:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX was created under what has become a quaint notion in the gender-bending Brave New World: The basic physical laws of human biology.
Dittrich said her legislation “safeguards equality and protects the athletic excellence of girls and women competing in sports, while also upholding Title IX’s original intent based on the general biological distinction between men and women athletes based on sex.”
In short, Title IX protects all biological females from being required to compete against biological males.
This bill would create two sports competition categories for Wisconsin’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities based on a person’s biological sex, with a third category allowing anyone to participate. Schools would be required to inform the parents of students or student athletes respectively prior to changing a sport from one category to another.
Others states have passed or have introduced similar legislation.
Bianca Stanescu and her daughter, Selina Soule, an elite track-and-field athlete in Connecticut, filed a lawsuit last year with two other female athletes and their mothers to challenge Connecticut’s policy of allowing biological boys to compete in girls’ sports. Connecticut, at the time was among at least 17 states allowing transgender women to compete in female sports.
“Over the past few years, athletes, coaches and parents have been watching in disbelief as girls are being replaced on the winner’s podium by boys who identify as girls at all levels of competition,” Stanescu wrote in a June op-ed for USA Today. “It’s what prompted Idaho to enact a law to protect female athletes from having their dreams of success on the field taken from them by a male competitor, and it’s what prompted the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to conclude that my home state, Connecticut, is in violation of federal law.”
President Joe Biden has spent his first weeks in office signing all manner of executive orders on transgenderism, payback to his far left base.
“Perhaps no issue encapsulates the hypocrisy of the far-left agenda than putting the needs of the few—transgender girls—above those of the many—biological girls,” the Wall Street Journal opined.