Female Competitor Who Lost to Biological Males in State Competition Speaks Out


If you don’t have a high-school age daughter who’s an athlete, you may not realize one of the more pernicious side effects of political correctness when it comes to transgenderism.

If you do, then you probably already know what I’m talking about.

Take, for instance, the case of Andraya Yearwood, who’s a 17-year-old athlete. Yearwood recently finished in second in the women’s 55-meter dash at the Connecticut state open indoor track championships with a time of 7.01 seconds. First place was Terry Miller, who set an indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Third place finished in 7.23 seconds — a rather wide margin.

And the duo didn’t just clean up at the 55-meter dash. They’ve been dominating plenty of other women’s events: “Miller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state outdoor championships last year, and Miller won the 300 indoors this season,” The Associated Press reported.

The problem is that both Miller and Yearwood are biological males. And, quite understandably, that’s not making Selina Soule very happy.

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Soule is another high school competitor on the state level in Connecticut. Appearing on “The Ingraham Angle” to discuss the dominance of transgender athletes in women’s sports and what that means for their future.

Soule finished in eighth place at the indoor championships. If she’d finished just two places higher, she would have had the opportunity to compete in front of college coaches — and, of course, there were two transgender men in the competition.

“I am very happy for these athletes and I fully support them for being true to themselves and having the courage to do what they believe in,” Soule said.

“But, in athletics, it’s an entirely different situation. It’s scientifically proven that males are built to be physically stronger than females. It’s unfair to put someone who is biologically a male, who has not undergone anything in terms of hormone therapy, against cisgender girls.”

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She’s not the only athlete that feels this way, either.

“My teammates and my fellow competitors — we are happy for these athletes, of course — but we do think it’s unfair, and for us it is upsetting when we work hard all season and put in a lot of effort, only to turn up at the state meets and get beat by someone who is biologically a male and lose state championships over this,” she said.

Because Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender athletes to compete in the division of their choosing, Soule says there are “major issues” for women applying to colleges and trying to get a place on the track team, particularly when coaches look at the records and are unable to tell who’s a transgender athlete or not.

According to the AP’s piece on Miller and Yearwood, however, both of them thought that too much of a fuss was being made over their biological advantage.

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“Miller, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has said that if she felt a competitor had an unfair advantage, it would simply push her to try to improve,” the story read.

Yearwood admitted they were stronger than biologically female competitors but said maybe they had advantages that Yearwood didn’t have.

“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” Yearwood said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”

Just so we’re clear now: Miller says that the other young women should really just try harder so that they could be as strong as a biological male even though that’s physically impossible, and Yearwood thinks this is all about privilege. Righty-o.

These are minors and I hesitate to judge them too harshly. Instead, they heard this claptrap from somewhere, and that somewhere is probably from the same class of adults and educators who don’t see anything wrong with letting biological males compete against females. This sounds great if you don’t actually care about the point of women’s athletics, which is to put the biologically weaker sex on equal footing.

Without this, what we might as well do is run track events where men, women, transgender individuals, intersex individuals and whatever other permutation of gender you come across compete against each other. It’ll be kind of like Le Mans, where fire-breathing prototypes made of carbon fiber and other space-age composites that weigh as much a doorstop and produce about 1000 horsepower are on the same track as kinda-sorta souped-up Porsche 911s that lag at the back of the field.

I mean sure, they have different classes at Le Mans, but doing that here would imply there was some sort of biological difference between the genders. Are you prejudiced? I didn’t think so. Let’s just do away with all gender classifications, crush Title IX under the sole of our feet like it was a cigarette butt and we’ll finally have achieved full equality.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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