Please read the article linked here before continuing. I wish Sarah Dittum still allowed comments on her blog.
Ok, read that? Good. Ok, this is a difficult one. The article tends to generalise regarding the strengths and abilities of trans athletes, both mtf and ftm, making the claim that mtf athletes will have an unfair advantage over their non-trans competitors. Hormone treatment for mtf’s is likeyl to reduce muscle mass, make the person weaker than they once we’re. The reverse is likely to be true for ftm athletes, as they take testosterone to increase muscle mass and strength. The article mentions that to qualify for their respective places, they have to fit within certain limits, but these are all elite athletes, their job in competing at athletic events is to excel, it’s to beat the other competitors, it’s to gain any ethical / legal advantage they can to do this, which normally means eating the right food, training using the relevant techniques, and practice, practice, practice, so for the trans athletes to qualify, they have to be “normal” putting them at a disadvantage from the start, which to me seems a bit pointless. I’m not saying that putting the non-trans athletes at a disadvantage is any fairer, it’s a bad situation from someone on the outside looking in, but I’m guessing the people making these decisions have all the facts and figures available to make these decisions and make them in a fair way to everyone.
My sport of choice, is radio controlled model car racing, and in this, gender isn’t a factor, strength isn’t a factor. Skill is, money certainly is, although there are rules to try to make that more fair with price controls. The amazing thing about the rc racing community though is, although we’re all competing against each other, we’re all ready to help each other get out cars to perform better, drive faster, handle etc, and you’d think it would be the exact opposite. I’ve been racing since 1995, and I’m no expert, and that doesn’t bother me as long as I’m competitive, which thankfully I am most the time. If I won every race I entered or lost every race I’d soon get bored, and have to find something else to spend my hard earned on.