Wagging the Dog

The expression “The tail wagging the dog” is an idiom that refers to something big, important or powerful being controlled by something much less so.

Biological males who identify themselves as transgender have a great advantage in certain women’s sports.  With the support of LGBT activists and their progressive allies in politics and the media, these transgender athletes have begun to dominate in some venues.

A few states have moved to bar biological males from women’s sports, but LGBT activists have organized tremendous opposition to this move.  The progressive community, which includes many adherents in the NCAA and other sports controlling organizations, supports transgender athletes.

Recently The Board of Governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, (NCAA), the organization that regulates student athletes from over 1,268 North American institutions and conferences of higher learning, released a statement supporting the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. The NCAA said that it “firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition.”

LGBT advocates and their allies are now pressing the NCAA to go even further and withdraw athletic events from states imposing restrictions on transgender participation in female sports.

It is a dilemma for women’s sports enthusiasts.  In some places, biological male transgenders have begun to crush competition in women’s track and field events and sports such as field hockey and soccer.  Is this fair to the true female competitors?  On the other hand, would excluding transsexuals be fair to them?

The transexuals are few in number, but more and more men seem to be discovering their hitherto latent female identity.  On the other side, true female athletes number in the tens of millions.

Is catering to transexual athletes an instance of the tail wagging the dog?    

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