Should Transgender Athletes Compete in Sports?

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“It’s frustrating, but that’s just the way it is now,” Kate Hall said after losing to an opponent. Hall had just been stripped of her two-year reign as state champion to a transgender female (male-to-female) athlete in a high school track competition. Transgender women should not be allowed to compete with biological females. Every time a trans female makes the team a biological female is stripped of their chance to be on the team and every time a transgender female athlete places in an event another female loses the opportunity to achieve their goal of success. Recently, many transgender athletes have been competing alongside the gender with which they identify themselves, instead of competing with their biological equals. The differences in male and female physiology are the reasons why men and women compete in separate events in sports. If it is unfair for men to compete against women then how is it fair for men who identify as women to take on biological females. Before we move into the subject of transgender females we need to understand the physiological differences between men and women that affect athletic performance. The main differences I will cover are muscle mass, amount of testosterone, and skeletal structure. “Men tend to have approximately forty percent muscle mass, while women tend to have approximately thirty percent muscle mass”(Wahlig). This gives males an advantage in strength which would benefit them in almost all sports, especially weight lifting,

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