Speak Up For Women's Sport - Resources
There are many advocates for women's sport as well as scientists, athletes, and academics speaking out about the issue of male athletes being allowed to compete in women's sport due to their professed gender identity. Here are just a few resources for you to check out in order to get a better understanding of the issues.
I can’t stop thinking about Feagaiga Stowers. Or rather a picture of the 18-year-old Samoan, standing on the second step of a podium last week, looking stoic but sad. By any measure Stowers is a remarkable woman. As a child she was a victim of sexual violence, and sought refuge at a Victim Support Group where she began weightlifting and went from being “shy and hopeless” – her words – to a world junior and Commonwealth Games champion. Yet having been chosen to be the flag bearer at the Pacific Games, she missed out on two gold medals to a 41-year-old, Laurel Hubbard, who looks set to be one of the biggest stories of Tokyo 2020...
...No longer can men tell women, such as Martina Navratilova, that when they stick up for a separate women’s sport category that they are ignorant or prejudiced. Such comments carry a pungent whiff of misogyny from the bad old days – when women were told to know their place, and kept on the margins of sport. It’s not always trans athletes who are underdogs either. Just ask Feagaiga Stowers.
SAMOAN PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS UP FOR WOMEN
"This fa'afafine or man should have never been allowed by the Pacific Games Council president to lift with the women. I was shocked when I first heard about it," he told the Samoa Observer...
Samoa 2019 chairman Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio called Hubbard's participation in the women's over-87 kilograms "unfair"...."We all know that it is not fair to the women lifters but that is a reality we face in the world of sports.
Dr Emma Hilton is a developmental biologist and University Lecturer. She has published more than twenty manuscripts on developmental biology and genetics and was named Outstanding Young Investigator by the European Society of Human Genetics, for her research.
"Flo Jo was fast – her average speed over the 100m world record run was 34.3kmph, faster than any female human had run before and has run since – but fast is relative....She’s not beating 64 junior UK males who have ever run under 10.49s. The most well-tuned, explosive woman who ever trained her eye down a 100m track is beaten by 64 bumfluffed British juniors."
"Put simply, there’s more to male performance advantage than someone’s current testosterone levels. The legacy effect of exposure to high levels of testosterone in early life and puberty is well known. Growing up male will give transgender athletes a lifelong edge that simply cannot be fully negated by a period of testosterone suppression."
Dr Nicola Williams is a research scientist specialising in human biology. She has held a number of senior scientific positions within the pharmaceutical industry. She is now dedicated to her full-time voluntary role as campaign director and public spokeswoman for Fair Play For Women.
Victoria Hood is a cyclist and team manager. Victoria competed as a cyclist on both road and track. She now runs an elite women’s cycling team, with a development pathway for youth and junior girls. In recent years, she’s been British national masters track champion in two disciplines. She spoke at #WPUKFairPlay in London on 10 July 2019.
Alison is a professor of physiology at University of Otago. She explains the multiple effects of testosterone in male foetal development and that these hormonal effects do not diminish later in life. This lecture was recorded at a Speak Up For Women event in February 2019.
Retired Olympic Swimmer and medal-winner, Sharron Davies, is interviewed on Sky News about why she opposes male athletes competing in women's sports based on their gender identity.
Male and female sports are separated for a reason. The world records in sporting events provides exhaustive evidence that males dominate athletic performance.
Even before birth, genetic building blocks are giving athletes born male a massive advantage over females |
"We conclude that the advantage to trans women afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness," they stated in their research paper.
Researchers claim testosterone cap won't fix trans athletes' 'unfair advantage' |
KATE WEATHERLEY - DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING
NZ HERALD | 26 Feb, 2018 3:32pm
In a small field, Auckland's Kate Weatherly took out the elite women's grade in 3:27.93, ahead of Subway national performance hub rider Shania Rawson
NZ HERALD | Mountain biking: Ed Masters, Kate Weatherly take out national titles | 26 Feb, 2018 11:10am
LAUREL HUBBARD - NZ WEIGHTLIFTING
There is no concern for the damage done to female, Samoan athletes, who work hard to win these competitions, only to be shown up by a male-bodied person.
Biological male dominates in women’s weightlifting, revealing gross inequity | Libby Emmons
Transgender weightlifter under strain | Oliver Brown |
The 41-year-old won with a total lift of 268kg in the women's 87kg category on Saturday. Samoans Feagaiga Stowers and Iuniana Sipaia took home silver and bronze with respective lifts of 261kg and 255kg.
STUFF.CO.NZ | Laurel Hubbard wins gold at Pacific Games after losing name supression battle | 18:37, Jul 13 2019