Bad Takes, Ep. 9: Biology isn’t a social construct

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Bad Takes, Episode 9: Biology isn’t a social construct




A scandal in chess has reignited an old argument that sports shouldn’t be segregated by gender — an idea lefty intellectuals think will solve the question about trans participation in sports. Matt stamps it as a bad take because it’s based on a falsehood, that women aren’t allowed to compete against men in chess — they are! The idea, Matt points out, requires a belief that biology is “a social construct.” Laura agrees it is a bad take, but she sees it as more insidious. Intellectuals, she argues, are threatening the existence of women’s sports behind a sheen of progressivism. No elite female athlete — cis or trans — is calling for the end of segregated sports. The question is who gets to play women’s sports, not whether they should exist.

Suggested reads:

What Lia Thomas Could Mean for Women’s Elite Sports, Michael Powell, The New York Times

Separating Sports by Sex Doesn’t Make Sense, Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic

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Transgender sports bans raise an awkward question: Why categorize healthcare and sports by sex at all?, Heath Fogg Davis, The Washington Post [Monkey Cage]

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