The Ohio Legislature is considering House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 132 that would ban transgender girls and women from participation in girls’ and women’s sports. These bills are based on the commonly-held belief expressed by Representative Jena Powell. She said, “Biological males possess many physiological advantages over females, including greater lung capacity, larger hearts, higher red blood cell counts, stronger tendons and ligaments, greater muscle strength, and increased bone density.”
It’s a logical “common sense” conclusion, frankly. But “common sense” isn’t always correct. As Albert Einstein supposedly put it, “…common sense is actually nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen.” Subjects as complex as physiology need to be examined scientifically and supported by empirical evidence. So-called “common sense” doesn’t cut it.
Dr. Henry Ng, a Facebook Friend of mine, was interviewed on WRUW-FM’s Gaywaves program this week. He is the Director of the Transgender Surgery & Medicine Program at Cleveland Clinic. In the interview he explains in detail why this “common sense” belief isn’t correct. He says there’s no evidence showing transgender girls have physical advantage, and in fact there are conceivable instances where transgender girls might actually have a disadvantage. For those interested, you can listen to the interview here. It runs about 55 minutes.
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