Progressive cultural extremists are not just demanding that transwomen be called women; they must be allowed to compete athletically as such. All other things being equal, that would be the end of sports as a path for biological girls and women to succeed.
We’ve shared a few stories, opinions, and examples, but there’s always room for more.
Venus and Serena Williams have been at the top of their game since the late 90s with consistent high ranking finishes in Women’s tennis-playing other biological women, and back in 1998, they issued a challenge.
It was the 1998 Australian Open and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, had seen some of the male players practising. On the basis of what they saw, they were convinced that they could beat a man ranked around 200 in the world and wanted to set up a game.
German Tennis player Karsten Braasch, ranked 203 in Men’s Tennis, accepted the challenge. He notes that “Preparation is crucial.”
Remember that a game like this is light-hearted – taking it too seriously would be a mistake. My training regime consisted of a leisurely round of golf in the morning followed by a couple of shandies. I turned up on court feeling suitably laid-back.
Whether Venus or Serena had the same approach is not clear but given their level of competitiveness, I expect they played to win but lost to a 203rd ranked men’s tennis pro who, as it turned out, was about to fall below three hundred.
I felt so relaxed that I didn’t even warm up properly. We started playing and I raced into a 5-0 lead.
At this point Venus turned up to watch. She had just finished a press conference after a quarter-final loss against Lindsey Davenport. In the end I won my game against Serena 6-1 but by the time we were at the net shaking hands, Venus was on court, ready to have a go against me as well. The game against Venus was very similar. I ended up winning 6-2.
At the time of these contests, Venus was ranked #5 in the world, and Serena ranked 20th for Women’s Tennis. Both went on to have remarkable and well-earned success over the next two-plus decades against other biological women.
If men had been allowed to compete as women, however, the odds are good that we’d have never heard about either of them, nor would they have inspired generations of girls to take up a sport in pursuit of excellence, fame, or fortune.
They might have just stayed home and made cookies, right, Hillary?
As we enter the third decade of this century, Democrats have made it clear that they’d rather put an end to that sort of achievement in the name of identity politics.
Braasch, by the way, never amounted to much, and he’s not a household name, even among fans of the sport, but in 1998, he had high regard for the Willimas sisters’ skills even though he easily defeated both after a round of golf and a few drinks.
But were he able, at the time, he could have easily eclipsed their success playing as a woman who was born as a man – assuming no man better than he, chose the same path.
He and the hundreds of professional male tennis players ranked higher than him, and perhaps several hundred ranked below him.
And not just in the sport of tennis.