Obama's 'Letter on Transgender Students' Declares War on Women's Athletics
This week, President Obama put into effect the next phase of his blitzkrieg on women. Sidestepping the Constitution once again, Obama sent every school district in America a smug letter declaring that the disbursement of federal funds will be directly tied to how schools treat transgender individuals. Specifically, Obama has ordered schools to interact with students based solely on the gender that students want to identify as. No exceptions. And, by “no exceptions,” under the section titled “Housing and Overnight Accommodations,” for example, the president has ordered that “school[s] must allow transgender students to access housing consistent with their gender identity.”
Remember when school chaperones spent much time and energy during school trips making sure that guys and girls were kept out of each other’s rooms at night? In his benevolent wisdom, President Obama has solved that problem: teenage boys, simply declare yourselves girls and enjoy your overnight trip to its fullest. (For the record, I am adamantly opposed to any teenage boys doing that.) Going above and beyond, Obama has closed any loopholes that may prevent testosterone-oozing boys from enjoying the privileges afforded to the gender of their choosing.
In the very next section of the letter, “Other Sex-Specific Activities and Rules,” schools are instructed that things like masculinity and femininity do not determine gender and, as such, do not determine whether or not the student is allowed to engage in sex-specific activities. In other words, not only do students get to define what gender they are, they also get to define what that gender identity means for them and what that gender identity looks like. While there are many reasons that this should frighten and anger every woman (and man), the devastating effect that Obama’s directive is going to have on women’s athletics is one of the more obvious.
In early summer of 1972, Title IX became law, and while not directly mentioning women’s athletics, the bill is most often associated with the growth of collegiate women’s sports. In short, and in reference to sports, regulations that followed the passage of the bill ensured that female athletes have access to the same opportunities, facilities, and training as their male counterparts. This, of course, includes scholarships. Now, however, and thanks to Obama, scholarships set aside for female athletes are up for grabs to male athletes who aren’t quite good enough to score scholarships as guys.
Once again, allow me to state for the record that as a forty-year-old man, I am adamantly opposed to this idea. But the eighteen-year-old, utterly selfish and ethically challenged version of me thinks this is a great idea! My eighteen-year-old self recognizes a great opportunity when he sees one, and President Obama has just delivered an extraordinary opportunity to guys who are athletic, but not athletic enough.