An opinion piece from the Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenburg claims that female high school athletes who lose to transgendered females should learn how to accept defeat with humility instead of speaking up about the inherent unfairness that dynamic creates.
Rosenberg was commenting on a case in which two sets of parents in Utah lodged a complaint with the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSSA). Rosenberg was commenting on a case in which two sets of Utah parents filed a complaint with the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSSA). The organizations were asked to determine who the winner of an event from last year. In this instance, the winners of that event were the parents’ children.
David Spatafore, the UHSAA’s legislature representative, said he would not reveal the name of the student, the classification of the play, the sport itself, or the school this student in question attended for the sake of privacy. Spatafore did however confirm the win was for a woman and said that school records were inspected back to kindergarten in order to confirm it.
Rosenburg took advantage of this chance to state that parents who want their daughters competing in fair sports leagues are setting dangerous precedents for their children.
According to her twisted logic, parents who don’t want to see their daughters lose to artificial women will teach their children to complain whenever they lose instead of learning how to have “grace in disappointment and defeat.”
“Hard work is important,” the piece reads. “But, sometimes, it won’t be enough, and not only in situations where someone else is cheating. Hounding someone who has beaten you — even stripping them of their victory or disqualifying them from future competitions if they’re ‘caught’ competing under their current gender — will never feel as good as winning fair and square. What these kids need to learn instead is grace in disappointment and defeat.”
Rosenberg would have said the exact same thing, if it didn’t cover progressivism’s most popular grievance group. Are girls really complaining about the loss of a footrace to a woman riding a bike? Rosenberg seems to be saying that you have lost the victim lottery. Trans kids are not as oppressed. They’re the ones who have to make it work.
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Rosenberg further claims that just because these females did not finish in first in this race does not inhibit their ability to get scholarships in college, since most high school athletes don’t compete at high levels once they graduate. According to her, this means that the “value of victory has limits” for high school athletes.
It is true that athletics in high schools serve limited purposes, but to suggest that people want to make athletics fair is absurd.
Athletes in high schools still dedicate a lot of time and effort to excelling at their chosen sport. But these high school athletes make the assumption that they are playing against others who have similar physical abilities.
Unfortunately, lots of women can’t take this for granted anymore, and they and their parents are being shamed as bigots if they speak out against the atrocious reality that they’ll have to compete against biological males.
While athletes should learn how to win with grace and to take defeat, it is important that they also understand the importance of not being unfairly defeated. So if parents of female athletes — or the athletes themselves — speak out in the future if they are forced to compete against male athletes, it’s not a sign that they’re sore losers. Rather, it’s a sign that they still have some measure of common sense and are willing to risk public shame to stand up for truth.