Madison Kenyon is an athlete at Idaho State University and she is tired of herself and other women losing female sporting events to transgender women (i.e., biological men who identify as women). So she has decided to courageously speak out about the unfairness of the situation. In an article entitled “Women can beat the odds, but we can’t beat biology. Keep men out of women’s sports,” appearing in Fox News on January 11, 2022, Kenyon declared:
“[F]or any woman who objects to that [having biological men competing in women’s sports], it’s clear that many authority figures—coaches, administrators, sports officials, elected officials, and even the Olympic Committee itself—will not only harass them, but refuse to respect their needs and identity. I know how frustrating this is. I’ve been competing for the last three years as a track-and-field athlete at Idaho State University, where five times I’ve lost competitions to a male who chose to identify as a woman.”
This situation is blatantly unfair to women and negates all the hard work they put into competing. Kenyon writes:
“Any female athlete can tell you how defeating that is [losing to a transgender female]. Being a competitive athlete is about so much more than showing up for the race, or even doing all the workouts and practices. It’s about everything you give up for your sport—the day-after-day of getting up early, the parties you skip because you can’t stay out that late, the family and school events you can’t attend because you’re competing or working with the team. All of that feels trampled underfoot by that male runner pulling ahead of you… Think of all the women competing…–of their combined years of practice, sacrifice, and self-denial—all of that gone, the moment the male athlete stepped into the next lane.”
Tragically, female athletes are being forced to remain silent about this unfairness:
“My fellow female athletes and I are not supposed to notice that, suddenly, we’re running against people who aren’t like us—who are naturally stronger and faster, who are suddenly winning all the prizes we’ve worked so hard to obtain, and who now have access to all the scholarships and athletic recognition we’ve legitimately earned. We’re supposed to smile and cheer and clap and pretend that we’re all very happy about this—that we don’t object to seeing our years of effort and lifelong dreams go up in so much smoke, and that we don’t mind denying reality as long as it pleases the woke crowd and keeps our school safe from a lawsuit.”
Kenyon then makes an excellent point. If “identity” trumps reality, why should we stop a 230-lb. heavyweight boxer who “identifies” as a flyweight (weighing under 112 lbs.) from competing in the flyweight division? According to the woke, there is no argument against this:
“As an athlete and a biology major, I find it fascinating that the same sports authorities who would think it crazy to put a heavyweight boxer in the ring with a flyweight—just because the first guy “identifies as a flyweight” this week—think it’s perfectly natural to put a male on the running track or soccer field next to a woman and declare that ’fair’”.
The end result of all this, Kenyon writes, is the elimination of female sports: “It’s reducing athletic competition to two categories: men’s and co-ed. It’s taking away women’s chances not only of winning, but even of fairly competing in sports.”
Kenyon concludes her article with strong works that used to be common sense until a minute ago:
“We [women] can beat exhaustion, frustration, even a tough team. We can beat the clock. We can beat some pretty tough odds. But in the end, we can’t beat biology—or officials more concerned with pleasing the wokes than ’respecting our needs and identities.’”
College athlete Madison Kenyon is boldly speaking truth to the elites of the world who are putting the needs of biological men over those of biological women. Elites who are trying to undo all the gains women have made over the past six decades in sports and other areas. Let’s hope that Kenyon can embolden more athletes, both women and men, to speak out against this unfairness.