A transgender cyclist won the women’s 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles on Sunday, and is now accusing his critics of being “transphobic bigots” simply because they are opining that he had a clear advantage over his female counterparts.
The Daily Wire reports that Rachel McKinnon (shown), an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston, edged out his competitors in Sunday’s race that is reserved for women aged 35-39. McKinnon, who represented Canada in the race, finished ahead of Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist Jennifer Wagner and took to Twitter to celebrate.
“First transgender woman world champion…ever,” he tweeted.
But McKinnon’s victory immediately invited criticisms from Twitter users, both male and female.
TJDietz22 tweeted, “If you don’t think you have a scientifically unfair advantage then there’s literally no help for you. Period.”
Another remarked, “I'm sorry Dr. McKinnon, but you are not a woman, and never will be. Your male musculature, strength, stamina, etc. gives you a distinct & unfair advantage over the biological women competing in this race. That is not “transphobic”, just factual.”
Summit4CAD observed, “My issue is simple. WADA & UCI ban any substances which increase athlete testosterone levels. Men produced 7-8 times more testosterone as females & metabolize nearly 20x more/day. If you want to compete as a woman, go through a full transition & remove your unfair advantage.”
One user, Charlie Kennaugh, who describes himself as “Liberal, centre-left pro EU politics” on his Twitter page, even took issue with McKinnon’s win. “The simple fact is that biological males are on average bigger, stronger and faster than biological females, which is why most sports and athletics are sex-segregated. Allowing biological males to complete on a level playing field with women will destroy women's sports,” he tweeted.
But McKinnon perceived the criticisms as evidence of “transphobic bigotry.”
“Lots of transphobic bigots are responding to my world championship win saying that ‘Next up, the paralympics.’ Hey women, you realize that ALL of these people (many of them women) are comparing you to disabled people...right? Women = ‘disabled men’ they think. Wow. Offensive,” he tweeted.
Rather than concede on the scientific advantages of being a biological male in a race reserved for biological females and how those advantages affect the world of sports, McKinnon contends that the issue is about “human rights.”
In a January interview with USA Today, McKinnon opined against any requirement that would force men to suppress their testosterone in order to enter women’s events. McKinnon stated, “We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society, and not be recognized that way in sports. Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.”
He compared the controversy over allowing transgender individuals to participate in events reserved for their non-biological gender to racial segregation.
“This is bigger than sports and it’s about human rights. By catering to cisgender people’s views, that furthers transgender people’s oppression. When it comes to extending rights to a minority population, why would we ask the majority? I bet a lot of white people were pissed off when we desegregated sports racially and allowed black people. But they had to deal with it.”
Sadly, some are all too happy to bury their heads in the sand and ignore science in order to prove that they are “woke,” despite the clear disadvantages created by allowing men to compete against women in sporting events.
“Congratulations to assistant professor Rachel McKinnon on a major athletic accomplishment! This past weekend in Los Angeles, she won a world masters championship in track cycling,” the College of Charleston tweeted following McKinnon’s win.
Despite how much SJWs like to talk about “privilege” and “disadvantages,” they only seem to invoke those terms when it suits their agenda.
And as noted by Hot Air, this is only the beginning. The outlet reports,
At a Connecticut state track and field event for high school students this year, a boy identifying as a girl cleared the field in the girl’s event and took home the championship, much to the dismay of many of the parents. We also learned this year that the Boston Marathon will be allowing men to compete in the women’s division. We have boys winning girl’s wrestling championships and there’s even a male New Zealand weightlifter competing in the women’s division.
Until the culture stops prioritizing so-called social justice over science, we can expect to continue to see sporting events ruined by the PC movement.
Image: screenshot from YouTube video of Rachel McKinnon