In the case at hand, the appellation “idiot” is neither unfair nor ad hominem. For some mysterious reason, CBS News anchor Lana Zak decided to feature former U.S. professional soccer player Lori Lindsey as an authority on the issues involved in transgender participation in female sports. Lindsey rapidly demonstrated that she lacked the knowledge, analytical skills and rhetorical ability for the role, as she defaulted to woke buzz-words that had nothing to do with the topic. Asked about various bills being considered around the country that would ban transitioning biological males from competing against girls and women, Lindsay babbled,
“These bills do uphold white supremacy under the guise of protecting women’s sport when we actually know that women’s sport, protection of it, would be to have more funding and to have more women in leadership positions and equal pay. But the reality, though, is that these youth just want to participate with their friends and play sports like everyone else.”
What? How is “white supremacy” involved in trying to keep trans competitors out of women’s sports?
Not able to resist endorsing this gibberish, Zak asked, “I want to circle back to something you said earlier about these bills are trying to perpetuate supremacy. I imagine that there are parents at home who have genetically, or who have daughters who were assigned a female gender at birth, and that are concerned that their child is not going to get a fair shake in competing against other people, against a trans girl and they’re not thinking this is a supremacists position. How do you appeal to that parent that feels it is just about the sports to see that there’s actually a greater debate that is a proxy for?”
Feel that pressure building in your skull yet? The reason such parents don’t feel that it is a “supremacists position” is that the issue has nothing to do with race, other than the fact that race is the default argument for every progressive position when it runs out of legitimate arguments.
Answering like the 10-year-old she reasons like, Lindsay’s reply was this:
“It kind of goes back to what I was saying in general, that these youth just want to play sports, right? It’s not about coming in and taking over women’s sports but just about having access to the lessons that sports teach us. That should be upheld across this country because years ago we decided that discrimination is not right in this country, and that we need to continue to provide access, and that everyone should have equal opportunity.”
First, the fact that someone “wants” to compete in a sport in which they have an unfair advantage is not a justification for allowing them to do so. The steroid cheats in baseball wanted to compete. Cheaters always want to compete, and why wouldn’t they? They are more likely to win than their competition.
Second, Lindsey only addresses the question of children competing as transsexuals. Children shouldn’t be transitioning to the opposite sex at all: this is a straw man argument, or a straw transsexual argument, or something. She’s ducking the issue, and in even saying this I am giving her credit for comprehension she does not seem to have.
Third, Lori evidently doesn’t understand what “discrimination” is. Making distinctions about what someone can be allowed to do based on material and relevant factors isn’t discrimination. It’s isn’t discrimination to prevent 11-year-olds from voting. It isn’t discrimination to prevent fathers from marrying their daughters. It isn’t discrimination to prevent adult chess champions from competing in a juniors tournament. It isn’t discrimination to prevent 250 heavyweight boxers from fighting in the Featherweight division. It isn’t discrimination to tell male golfers they can’t compete on the women’s pro tour…no matter how much they may “want” to.
And it isn’t discrimination to prevent men, former or otherwise who have the physical advantages male biology provides from competing against women in sports where their biology creates a decisive advantage.
People like Lori Lindsey create bad arguments for members of the public too crippled in their own cognitive abilities to realize the garbage they are being fed. For others on the cusp of ignorance and stupidity, having a phony “expert” like her blather on just might push them over the edge. If the news media can’t make the public smarter and better informed, at least it should strive not to make them dumber.
Zak and CBS News are to blame here. It’s not discrimination to prevent an idiot from opining as an expert on national TV because she “wants” to. It’s just responsible.