Tough day for lefty sports fans. The grievance group formally known as the U.S. women’s soccer team lost on Monday to Canada, ending any hope for the gold medal. And a New Zealand dude crapped out of the female weightlifting competition. And Colin Kaepernick hasn't taken an NFL snap since 2016. (That last one's not news, of course. It's just fun to write.)
Laurel Hubbard, a trans woman, failed to advance in the women’s weight-lifting, even after the media assured everyone her inclusion in the games was “historic.” And after a doctor from the International Olympic Committee assured the world that “Everyone agrees that trans women are women.” And even after an internet petition with 30,000 signatures demanding the exclude Hubbard from competition was taken down as “hate speech.”
The petition argued, sensibly, the IOC rule allowing Hubbard to compete against actual women “completely ignores the physical advantages in speed, height, stamina and strength that a male-born athlete will have.” Furthermore, “Women were not consulted and did not consent to this policy which will make a complete mockery of their sport.”
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At first glance, it seems their fear was unjustified. But then again, trans activists will point to Hubbard’s loss as proof trans women should compete against real women.
As for the perpetually peeved soccer gals, well, they lost to Canada for the first time since 2001. They also lost to Sweden in their first game. The Kneeling Nellies apparently can still win a lesser medal, if they don’t get sidetracked fighting injustice and oppression.