Atlantic writer questions if ‘lack of support’ for girls responsible for boys’ biological advantage in sports

With some red states passing laws to protect women’s sports, the left is scrambling to create a narrative that supports their fantastical wish to ignore biological differences between men and women – a theme that was abundantly clear in The Atlantic’s latest piece that argued, “Separating Sports by Sex Doesn’t Make Sense.”

“Laws that are keeping trans kids from playing sports are rooted in the same gender essentialism that has always been enshrined in the sports world, and laws in all kinds of states. Here’s why that (incorrect) philosophy harms everyone,” Maggie Mertens wrote on social media to introduce her article on Saturday.

In the pro-anything-goes-in-sports article, the author contended that “though sex differences in sports show advantages for men, researchers today still don’t know how much of this to attribute to biological difference versus the lack of support provided to women athletes to reach their highest potential.”

In other words, she believes documented facts like women only being 52 percent as strong as men in the upper body only exist because women have been oppressed by society and just need more encouragement to overcome their physical limitations.

“Decades of research have shown that sex is far more complex than we may think,” she claimed, clearly in need of a science lesson to explain the simple reality that men have penises, and women have vaginas.

To support her assertion, she quoted an email from Sari van Anders, a Queen’s University research chair in social neuroendocrinology.

“Science is increasingly showing how sex is dynamic; it has multiple aspects and also shifts; for example, social experiences can actually change levels of sex-related hormones like testosterone in our bodies in a second-to-second and month-to-month way!” Anders wrote. “If safety was a concern, and there was evidence to select certain bodily characteristics to base safety cut-offs on, then you would see, say, shorter men excluded from competing with taller men, or lighter women from competing with heavier women, across sports.”

The author concluded that “A different youth-sports world is possible” but  “As long as laws and general practice of youth sports remain rooted in the idea that one sex is inherently inferior, young athletes will continue to learn and internalize that harmful lesson.”

Critics who clearly understand that there are inherent differences between men and women blasted the article on social media.

One levelheaded detractor focused on one statement made in the post that claimed, “Maintaining this binary in youth sports reinforces the idea that boys are inherently bigger, faster, and stronger than girls in a competitive setting – a notion that’s been challenged by scientists for years.”

To which they responded, “This isn’t science, it’s a credo or a dogma.”

Others responded with examples of just how stark the physical differences are between the sexes.

If there is any upshot here, Mertens may not believe her own quackery and responded to her own tween as if she wrote the article with the sole intent to provoke a reaction from rational people.

“…have a feeling my mentions are going to become gnarly soon,” she wrote accompanied by a face with tears of joy emoji.

And, by the way, she was mocked for that too.

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