February 18, 2019 – Two months after sparking controversy by tweeting a blunt dissent from transgender orthodoxy, tennis star Martina Navratilova has penned an op-ed elaborating on and standing by her opposition to letting gender confused men compete against actual women in professional sports.
Navratilova is a self-described feminist and outspoken lesbian who has won eighteen Grand Slam single titles, including nine Wimbledon women’s single titles. She generally aligns with the Left on LGBT issues, from vehemently supporting same-sex “marriage” to opposing President Donald Trump’s ban on gender-confused soldiers, but sees the erasure of sex differences in athletics as a bridge too far.
In December, she came under fire for tweeting that “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Among her critics was Rachel McKinnon, a male philosophy professor and competitive cyclist who “identifies” as female.
Over the weekend, the Sunday Times published an op-ed by Navratilova in which she granted that she “could have phrased it more delicately and less dogmatically,” but ultimately her views have only “strengthened” upon further research into the subject.
“To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation 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 wrote. “It’s insane and it’s cheating.
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