Weighty Matters

Well there was one particular Olympian I was hoping would win this week, and the individual is not even British. It is New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard, who entered the women's weightlifting contest on Monday. The International Olympic Committee has praised Hubbard’s “courage and tenacity”. All competitors display these qualities, so why is this one being singled out? Well, as the Games’ medical and science director, Dr Richard Budgett, said “everyone agrees that trans women are women”. And Hubbard is a woman. Born a man, with a man’s body strength, she now competes against women. And for the world’s progressives, this was a momentous occasion, a dewy-eyed landmark in the long fight for trans recognition. Unfortiunately for them, Hubbard and New Zealand, nothing she did actually counted, as her attempts to lift the weights failed. Perhaps the earlier masculinity was no help after all. Still, it left some feeling unhappy:

"I've had female weightlifters come up to me and say, 'what do we do? This isn’t fair, what do we do?'. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do because every time we voice it we get told to be quiet", reported, Tracey Lambrechs, who won a bronze medal for New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

So why did I hope Hubbard will win, despite having appeared to have an advantage over all the other competitors? Like the emperor’s new clothes, I hope the world realises how ludicrous the capitalist West has become, how individualistic, how openly at odds with the Creator's blueprint. In the meantime, female prisoners face the prosect of harassment and rape in our prisons while moves to get rid of single-sex changing facilities are likely to increase sexual assaults. While seeking to support individuals who are confused and suffering, we should rejoice in who we were made to be. 

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