South Carolina Joins the Part of America Partitioning Men’s and Women’s Sports – Opinion

South Carolina draws a clear line between boys’ and girls’ in its state.

Republican governor. Henry McMaster signed H4608 Tuesday, and it’s not the sort of law that would suit Lia Thomas.

From the Save Women’s Sports Act:

Students of female sex cannot be allowed to participate in athletic teams, sports for men or women, except if there is no such team at their school.

Student of male sex cannot be allowed to join athletic teams or other sports that are reserved for women, girls or athletes.

The law affects “sports that are sponsored by a public elementary or secondary school or public postsecondary institution,” which must be offered either for females only, males only, or both sexes.

And private schools aren’t entirely exempt:

This section applies to private schools and private institutions who sponsor athletic teams or sports in which their students or athletes compete against public schools.

It protects the rights of those who have been affected by violations.

A student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers any direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section may initiate a cause of action against the school or postsecondary institution…

A school or postsecondary institution that suffers any direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section may initiate a cause of action against the governmental entity, licensing or accrediting organization or athletic association or organization as provided in subsection…

Protection also available for those who report rule-breaking.

A student who is subject to retaliation or other adverse action by a school, postsecondary institution, or athletic association or organization as a result of reporting a violation of this section to an employee or representative of the school, institution, or athletic association or organization, or to any state or federal agency with oversight of schools or postsecondary institutions in this State, may initiate a cause of action against the school, postsecondary institution, or athletic association or organization…

South Carolina is following 15 states that are keeping their sports biologically-based.

The country appears to be moving simultaneously in a variety of directions.

While certain states protect the division between men and women in their countries, some states allow for dissenting forces to gain ground and support institutions.

See:

Military in Motion: LGBTQ Soldiers May Be Allowed to Transfer From States That Don’t Affirm Their Identities

Iconic Christian University Requires Students To Choose From Nine Gender Identity Options

Washington State Orders Teachers to Hide Kindergarteners’ Gender Transition From Their Parents

Biden Launches Gender ‘X’ Passports — You Can Now Travel as Neither Man Nor Woman

University’s Event Promoting Transgender ‘Littles’ Claims Children ‘Know What Feels Good to Them’

Transgendered Contestant Becomes Iconic Game Show’s Winningest Woman

Society’s becoming increasingly complex. As I’ve noted before, in the past, there was no such thing as “gender identity” in general. People didn’t walk around thinking “I’m a boy” or “I’m a girl.” Rather, they just…walked around.

Now that we’ve added another layer of personhood, how do we sort it all out? Sixteen states look to be leaning toward a return to simpler times — when sex was sure and self-perception was nobody’s business but one’s own.

We are at an ever-growing chasm. What kind of future do we have in store for? We will only know the outcome of this situation over time. But it appears the nation might possibly take the separating approach of 16 legislatures — rather than a politically co-ed kind of country, we could end up irreversibly divided into Red America and Blue America.

-ALEX

 

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