Sorry girls, fair competition amongst yourselves will just have to take a backseat to boys who want to play. Or as in the recent case of Alaska state championship track and field competitions, boys who wish to run.

That’s right, Haines High School senior Nattaphon Wangyot– a male student who self-identifies as a girl–advanced to the state finals in the 100-meter and 200-meter events. He won fifth place in the 100-meter dash and third place in the 200-meter. In both events, he competed against girls as young as ninth grade.

This story is particularly significant in light of last month’s federal guidance letter threatening to strip nearly every school in the country of its federal funding if it does not permit “transgender” students to use the bathrooms, showers, changing areas – and yes, even compete on the same competitive teams – that are reserved exclusively for students of the opposite sex. I wonder if the federal government considered that this directive would inevitably spell the end of girls’ sports as we know it. If states and localities allow themselves to be bullied into adopting such policies, we can expect incidents like this one to become the new norm in all of our communities.    

It is quite ironic that what Title IX gave with one hand (i.e. equal funding and opportunity for girls to play sports in educational institutions accepting federal funding), it is now taking away with another (i.e. requiring schools to permit boys who claim to be girls to compete on all of those same girls’ teams, thus robbing girls of fair competition). Regardless of what government officials intended in their hearts (and I’ll assume they were pure as gold), ideas have consequences. When those ideas deny basic universal truths, like male and female, we can always anticipate those consequences to be very bad.  

This story is only the latest manifestation of how the new “transgender” movement comprises generally only one group of real victims – actual women and girls.

After all, what is the point of having girls’ athletic competitions if the conditions of competition are inherently unfair? Since we know that biological males have different anatomic qualities that make them physically stronger, any athletic competitions between males and females will be predictably one-sided. Of course, this fact doesn’t make women any less equal to men. It just makes them different. And most people find that to be a good thing.

Allowing biological males who subjectively feel like girls to compete with actual girls on exclusively girls’ sports teams denies girls a major expression of their uniqueness. It also has the effect of destroying their overall morale, since real girls are virtually guaranteed an unfair disadvantage. Sadly, one likely result will be that fewer and fewer girls will decide to compete at all.

Under this new scheme, we can be sure that “boys will be boys”, as the saying goes. Many male athletes, for any number of foreseeable reasons, will surely take advantage of their new “right” to play on the girls’ team. How about instead, we let “girls be girls” and leave their athletic teams alone. For their sake, the nonsense cannot be allowed to continue.