Win for the Patriarchy: Not 1 Democrat Votes to Protect Girls’ Sports
Not a single Democrat in the House of Representatives voted to protect women’s sports.
Talk about being on the wrong side of history.
“The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act,” introduced by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., passed the House Thursday in a 219-203 vote. The legislation would require that “school athletics comply with the Title IX recognition of a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth,” according to a press release from Steube’s office.
“This bill ensures that biological females compete against other biological females in women’s sports that are operated, sponsored, or facilitated by a recipient of federal funding,” adds the press release.
Not one Republican voted against the bill.
Not one Democrat voted for it.
It’s unlikely the bill will pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. President Joe Biden has already announced he would veto the bill if it came to his desk.
This should be a bipartisan, consensus issue.
It should not be controversial that girls deserve a chance to compete in sports against their physical peers, not boys.
Across the country, girls are losing to biological males who now identify as transgender. Here at The Daily Signal we’ve been covering the issue for years. In 2019, we told the story of Selina Soule, a high school runner who “missed qualifying for the 55-meter in the New England regionals by two spots,” reported my colleague Kelsey Bolar.
Two of the athletes who did qualify for the regionals were biological males.
“It’s very frustrating and heartbreaking when us girls are at the start of the race and we already know that these athletes are going to come out and win no matter how hard you try,” Soule told The Daily Signal. “They took away the spots of deserving girls, athletes … me being included.”
How is this fair?
“The simple truth is that males outperform females in regard to speed and strength due to inborn genetics and sex hormones. This has consistently been proven by long-term research on elite athletes when matched for training,” wrote Drs. Michelle Cretella and Quentin Van Meter in an article for The Daily Signal in 2021.
“While it is true that a male using estrogen will lose muscle strength and impair other aspects of his physiology, he does not alter his genetics; he remains male at the cellular level in all body systems,” added Cretella and Van Meter.
Yet across the country, girls must lose to biological males, just because of transgender ideology.
“Congress in 1972, created Title IX to protect women’s sports, to enable women to have an equal playing field in athletics. And in worship to their trans idols, the administration wants to flip that on its head,” said Steube on the House floor Wednesday. “It’s insane. Title IX was created for women’s sports and now the left wants to kill it.”
“In them giving homage to the trans movement, they are abandoning women all across the country,” he added. “Parents do not want biological men in locker rooms with their daughters, nor do they believe its equitable that a male can compete with women in female athletics. It’s the whole purpose that Title IX was created to begin with.”
Steube is right about the locker rooms. But it’s not just parents who object. It’s also the girls themselves.
“A male was in our locker room when volleyball girls were trying to get changed,” Blake Allen, a 14-year-old, told The Daily Signal last fall. “And after I asked him to leave, he didn’t, and later looked over at girls with their shirts off. And it made many people uncomfortable and feel violated. And I left as soon as I could in a panic.”
But the left doesn’t care that girls like Blake feel violated. Her feelings are irrelevant in today’s world.
So much for this being the golden era of feminism. Once again, the patriarchy is winning—even if it’s now under the disguise of the transgender ideology.