Nothing quite warms the cockles of an ethicist’s heart like a public figure stating the truth against his or her own perceived interests. That’s ethics. Add to that when such a statement is likely to enrage an especially vicious and ruthless activist mob, and the result is a clear Ethics Hero: ethics perception plus integrity and courage.
Australian professional golfer Mianne Bagger, the first transgender athlete to compete in a professional golf tournament Down Under, told news.com.au. that she supports a bill thatwould exclude trans athletes from female sports. “Letting trans athletes compete in female sport is a slap in the face to women,” Bagger told an interviewer. She explained that trans women competing in female sports leagues when they are more biologically similar to men and often have not undergone the medical procedures necessary for complete transition is unfair and undermines the integrity of the sport.
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These days, [the dynamic] has crept into what’s called self ID or self identification: male-bodied people presenting as women, who live as women, with varying degrees of medical intervention and in some degrees, no medical intervention, which is just — it’s crossed the line, in my view, it really has … It’s a slap in the face to women…I just don’t agree with the current, softened policies that are requiring less and less medical intervention of a male-bodied person entering women’s sport.
In every day society, of course we want an inclusive, egalitarian [society]. We want equality, lack of discrimination, and of course every single person should have equal access to life and services and work in society. Of course we all want that, and so do I. In sport? It’s different. Sport is about physical ability. It’s not just about discrimination, it’s not just about equality and equal access. It is a physical ability. Now, if you’ve got one group — males — that are on average stronger, taller, faster, as opposed to women, there has to be a divide. There has to be a division.