Sports figures were warning against biological males making a mockery of female sports long before The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh stumped the Left by asking, “What is a Woman?”
Fighting, weightlifting, tennis, swimming, and every other sport that rewards speed and strength give unfair advantages to biological males, according to luminaries like podcast king Joe Rogan, NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre, former tennis superstar Martina Navratilova, and another legend who was once the best athlete in the world.
“I mean, you can wear all the lipstick you want,” Rogan, also a UFC announcer, said in 2013 of trans woman Fallon Fox, who was dominating women’s mixed martial arts — even reportedly leaving one opponent with a fractured skull. “You want to be a woman and you want to take female hormones, you want to get a boob job, that’s all fine. I support your life to live, your right to live as a woman.”
But hormones and even operations don’t erase the natural advantages biological males have over women, Rogan said.
“The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density,” he said. “It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a women’s hands and they’re built different. They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
More recently, Rogan railed against what he considers “an assault on women’s sports.”
“Women are so frustrated because if you – or parents if your daughter is competing and they’re competing against trans women, it’s not fair,” Rogan said in an April podcast. “It’s not fair no matter what anybody says. There’s a reason why we have a distinction between men and women’s sports.”
In “What is a Woman?” Walsh interviewed a University of Pennsylvania swimmer and member of the women’s team who said she was disillusioned about having Lia Thomas, a biological male who only transitioned last year, on the team. Thomas, who has not had a sex-change operation, won an NCAA championship in the 500-yard freestyle in March.
“If you even bring up the fact that Lia’s swimming might not be fair, you’re immediately shut down and called a hateful person, or transphobic,” the swimmer, whose identity was shielded to protect her from retribution, told Walsh.
The documentary shows how trans high school track athletes and basketball players dominate girls’ competition, leaving biological females dispirited. Selina Soule, a high school track star from Connecticut, recounted to Walsh how she was edged out of a chance to go to the New England Regional Championships in the 55-meter dash when two biological male athletes finished ahead of her.
“Once the gun went off, the two transgender athletes took off flying and left all of us girls in the dust,” she told Walsh. “After so many losses, it just gets to the point of ‘Why am I even doing this?'”
The phenomenon Walsh spotlights in “What is a Woman?” has bothered top athletes for years.
Last year, NFL legend Favre spoke his mind as transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard represented New Zealand in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“It’s a man competing as a woman,” the longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback told co-host Eric Bolling on their Bolling with Favre podcast. “That’s unfair. It’s not fair for a man, even if this person wants to be a woman or feels compelled—if you want to become the opposite sex, that’s fine. I’ve got no problem with it. But you can’t compete against—males cannot compete against females.”
Navratilova, widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, in a 2019 column for the Sunday Times of London, said enough was enough with trans athletes competing against women.
“A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires,” she said.
The same year, British swimming star swimmer Sharron Davies, a silver medalist in the 400-meter individual medley at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, spoke out against the trans trend in sports.
“If you just ignore that potential benefit, women, XX-born natal females, will not be able to win any of their medals, any of their sports scholarships, any of their profile opportunities to be able to get a platform,” Davies told the BBC. “How is that fair? We are in a society where 50% of us are women.”
Davies, who also represented Great Britain in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, said it is a matter of preserving the integrity of female sports.
“I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex you are born with and the gender you may identify as,” Davies said. “To protect women’s sport, those with a male sex advantage should not be able to compete in women’s sport.”
Perhaps no one is better qualified to speak about the advantage biological males who identify as women have in sports than Caitlyn Jenner. In the 1970s, Jenner identified as a male named Bruce and was regarded as the best athlete in the world after winning the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
“I have said from the beginning, I don’t think biological boys should compete in women’s sports,” Jenner told Fox News earlier this year. “It’s just not fair.”