Four-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski elicited chuckles with his candid response to a question about the subject of male-to-female transsexuals competing in women’s sports.
Gronkowski was asked by the Daily Caller’s J.W. Gibbons, “should men be able to play in women’s sports?”
Gronkowski responded not with English words, but with a goofy facial expression and a horizontal shaking of the head — a clear communication of his disapprobation of “transgender” athletes competing in women’s sports, replete with the strength and physical advantages of biological males.
Gronkowski’s reputation, both on and off the field, is that of a larger-than-life personality. One shudders to imagine the awesome power of a hypothetical, transgender version of Gronkowski competing in a female football league, plowing through feeble and vulnerable concentrations of biological women as the hypothetical female Gronkowski delivers the pigskin to the end zone.
One might even go so far as to suggest that, if he were to transition to identifying as a woman, this alternative Gronkowski might just possess a slight natural advantage over biologically female athletes. Alas, there is no way to know for sure.
Male-to-female transsexual athletes have become an increasingly prevalent culture war issue in recent years. Recently, the International Powerlifting Federation changed its eligibility rules after the transgender competitor Anne Andres obliterated previously held records in Women’s powerlifting, overwhelmingly dominating the biologically female competition with Andres’ awesome, male-born physical strength.
Similarly, the broad-shouldered transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has drawn both acclaim and criticism for displays of biologically male athleticism, in which the Ajax-like women’s swimmer has secured impressive first-place victories at high level competitions — despite the criticism of cisgender competitor Riley Gaines, who suggests that biological women are unable to compete against the physical might of their male peers.
Despite the earth-shattering achievements of glorious, muscular hunks such as Andres and Thomas, the consensus of establishment scientists remains conflicted on the supposed “natural advantages” of transgender athletes. Whether such vigorous, able-bodied individuals with XY chromosomes are naturally stronger than their female opponents is simply impossible to know for sure, according to experts — leading one to wonder why Gronkowski expressed such bemusement at the subject.
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