Transgender Discrimination AFL Lawsuit

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TheBrownDog
May 5, 2006
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It really depends when they transitioned. A male who used puberty blockers and then transitioned at the beginning of adulthood should be fine to play as a women.
Puberty blockers sound like a total mine field.

Puberty is a natural part of human development that typically occurs 10-17 for girls and 11-17 for boys.

At a guess I reckon I started puberty about age 12/13. Didn't even know what 'gender identity' meant let alone being prepared to make permanent life altering decisions about my ongoing biological development. Too busy crushing GoldenEye 64.

What do pubertal blockers do?

Puberty's physical changes can cause intense distress for many gender-nonconforming adolescents. When taken regularly, GnRH analogues suppress the body's release of sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, during puberty. These hormones affect:
  • Primary sex characteristics. These are the sexual organs present at birth, including the penis, scrotum and testicles and the uterus, ovaries and vagina.
  • Secondary sex characteristics. These are the physical changes in the body that typically appear during puberty. Examples include breast development and growth of facial hair.
 

Ari

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I am all for open opportunity and absolutely against discrimination. The question here is about who is being discriminated against. If a man wants to play AFLW can he call discrimination when he is not accepted? If a transgender woman wants to play, it needs to be well known she has quite a distinct biological advantage over other women in the category which effectively discriminates against non-transgender athletes. Do we really want that?

The ugly reality is that this could deter non-transgender women from wanting to take part in womens sports. And further, it could stop little girls from wanting to strive to those heights as they feels they're at a biological disadvantage.

The fairest path forward? A separate category for transgender athletes. This, of course, becomes messy as well for all the reasons you would expect.

Ultimately we need to be aware that whatever path is taken there is discrimination at play for somebody.
 

Ari

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There's a strong case that they're actually discriminating against females, that's people who were born female.
Correct. Absolutely 100% correct. I am somewhat surprised that is not particularly getting a lot of voice. If, as a man of 100kg, I turn up to a boxing match and am asked to fight a guy of 65kg..... am I not quite advantaged in that match? This generally would not be allowed.
 

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Ari

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We can all agree the standard of football played in AFLW is really not very good.
Ok, it could be better. Still low-scoring affairs, sure.

An injection of testosterone may be the best thing for it.
Ok, sure, where are you going with this?

The aflw may even present an opportunity for someone like Jack Watts to resurrect his footy career.
Bingo, the punchline! Not too shabby.
 

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