How comfortable would you be with a MTF playing on a woman's Rugby team?

ARJLES ARJLES
My college rugby team is struggling with the issue of transgendered players both within the team and administrators
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Very Comfortable
84  (88%)
Mildly Comfortable
10  (10%)
Unfcomfortable
2  (2%)
Total votes: 96
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Miss Madeline Miss Madeline
I'm not sure what the problem is with that and what the arguments being made against are. I can say I wouldn't have a problem at all. That person is a female in all but body. They feel like a woman and should be acknowledged as such, in my opinion.
03/04/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Miss Madeline
I'm not sure what the problem is with that and what the arguments being made against are. I can say I wouldn't have a problem at all. That person is a female in all but body. They feel like a woman and should be acknowledged as such, in my ... More
This issue dates back to the 70s when Renee Richards successfully sued so that she could play pro tennis and has again been in the news recently with the rulings on that great MTF South African sprinter. The issue most people have is a potential competitive advantage because of the anatomical difference in size and strength between women and MTF transgendered people. It is true that, on average, biological males are bigger and stronger than biological females, but I'm not sure how much that changes with the change in sex hormones.

All in all, I understand the arguments on both sides when it comes to sports, but outside sports (if then), there is absolutely no reason to treat a MTF transgendered person any differently than anyone else.
03/05/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
I'm not uncomfortable from a political standpoint or an idealogical standpoint. However, as the smallest person on a rugby team, I'd have to say that it would depend on the individual's size and shape.
03/06/2011
UnknownGirl UnknownGirl
Seems like a complex issue when you really start thinking about it. I guess competitive advantage would be the biggest factor in making a decision.
03/06/2011
TboyTy TboyTy
As a trans-guy and athlete I see both sides of this one. On the one hand I say "go for it!" on the other hand I can see why it may not be the best idea.

From a physiological standpoint if she has not had an orchiectomy (removal of the testis) she will definitely have an unfair advantage. Along the physiological lines, her anatomy may also make others uncomfortable in the locker room as well as be made more uncomfortable herself, something I have personal experience with.

In my experience the more competitive the league the more likely it is that I am not allowed to play in it due to being on testosterone. My T levels aren't any higher than the average males on the teams but since it's synthetic its seen as an unfair advantage. In this case, hers would be natural, and therefore a potential, and more real, unfair advantage.

On the other hand, if you are female you should be allowed and welcomed in female specific groups or spaces.

Unfortunately those of us who challenge gender stereotypes tend to make some people very uncomfortable, but this is a two way street. It is neither fair for us to insist on being allowed when and where others will be made to feel uncomfortable, nor is it fair for others to exclude us and make us feel uncomfortable. This is the very trail gender variant individuals must continue to blaze.
03/11/2011
jursa008 jursa008
There shouldn't be any problem.. the player should be able to participate on the team that is the gender that the individual associates with. That is the bottom line.
03/19/2011
hornypoet69 hornypoet69
I can understand how it might make be perceived as unfair. However, I can't see any fair way to exclude this trans woman. There are probably some bio-women on the team bigger and stronger than she is, are we supposed to exclude them for having an unfair advantage?
03/19/2011
soyandapplecrisp soyandapplecrisp
I would be perfectly cool with it. I find it weird how in even some feminist circles MTF aren't always welcomed because they're not "actually female", etc. other rubbish (though definitely an opinion I seen held in the minority of these groups) considering the beliefs that they follow. My only concern would be strength, size and hormones that might affect in-game fairness and the like.
03/30/2011
Brosia Brosia
Women come in varying sizes. I'm a cisgendered woman who stands 5"10 and weighs 250 lbs. I can hold my own with my male friends in the weight room, and even best some of them. I don't really consider size and strength a fair reason to exempt someone from playing.
04/23/2011
tigerkate tigerkate
I voted very comfortable.



But I do think it also depends on what others have pointed out already.

The first thought that came to my mind was "nice, more competition"! Not a biased upset.
04/23/2011
cujo467 cujo467
I wouldnt mind but it might be an unfair advantage, though thats not a bad thing!
04/23/2011
ra1nb0wb00tay ra1nb0wb00tay
Quote:
Originally posted by ARJLES
My college rugby team is struggling with the issue of transgendered players both within the team and administrators
not uncomfortable with that at all. all i have to say about it is "kick some ass girl!!" lol
05/22/2011
thebest thebest
very
06/28/2011
Sir Sir
Completely comfortable.
06/30/2011
Gingy Gingy
There are so many factors that need to be considered. You haven't stated if the Women on your team are in the process of transitioning to male or males transitioned to female.

This is where my problems lay:
MTF - the MTF body has developed as a M and will naturally be larger and more muscular.
FTM - they are most likely on T and if they want to be considered male on every other field they should be playing in the mens league.
07/09/2011
AriBoi AriBoi
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Originally posted by Gingy
There are so many factors that need to be considered. You haven't stated if the Women on your team are in the process of transitioning to male or males transitioned to female.

This is where my problems lay:
MTF - the MTF body has ... More
I would simply say this: if the girl is on hormones and/or no longer has testes (not 100% familiar with regards to which extent the testes still play a role if she is on female hormones / blocking male hormones), then any "unfair advantage" (being larger and more muscular) would disappear since she would be like any other girl - the fact that she may be taller than average (and that's IF she is) isn't really reason to disqualify someone. But the muscular advantage argument is moot - without testosterone, she'd be equal to her cisgendered teammates and not at an advantage.

Same goes for the FTM players - pre-T he wouldn't be at an advantage over the women, but on T, he belongs with the men.

Average sports performance differences in men and women can primarily be attributed to hormone differences, so that's the part that's key as far as I see it.
07/17/2011
Schattenstern Schattenstern
As long as her hormones were the same levels as cisgender women's levels.
03/14/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
Me: She identifies as a girl. So she's a girl.
Friend: But she's really a
Me: No stop
03/24/2012
TransMarc TransMarc
Quote:
Originally posted by Schattenstern
As long as her hormones were the same levels as cisgender women's levels.
Even cis women's hormone levels varies.
If some cis woman had an illness making her hormone levels similar to that of the average cis man without making it dangerous for her to play, would you keep her for playing? :/
As to having an advantage over her teammates, it's a TEAM game! Her teammates probably won't care about whatever advantage she might have as long as she is able to play, the other teams might be a bother on the other hand.
04/14/2012
Chirple Chirple
Sex-segregated sports are the problem in the first place.

If it's a "for fun" team/league - shouldn't be a problem.

With more "serious", competitive and regulated ones, perhaps a test of abilities and skill should determine "fairness" - not sex. It would make things complicated, indeed - and players would be subject to re-evaluation, making it harder to keep a team together.

Sex-segregation is just the easy way out and an easy way of telling all girls that they'll never be in the same game as any man despite there being quite a bit of overlap in the less-serious sport world where no one is pushing their body to the true extremes of their biological potentials.


If the person isn't on the field - like an administrator, it shouldn't be an issue, period because that's totally bullshit if someone makes it out to be one.
04/14/2012
TheParrishism TheParrishism
I can see where their might be some issues with some physical advantages, but I think it comes down to how the referees feel and how the individual in particular feels about.
04/14/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by ARJLES
My college rugby team is struggling with the issue of transgendered players both within the team and administrators
I am very comfortable with it.
04/14/2012
Nnk Nnk
Quote:
Originally posted by ARJLES
My college rugby team is struggling with the issue of transgendered players both within the team and administrators
it doesnt matter shes a women so whats the problem..
04/14/2012
Sam the Man Sam the Man
My problem with letting an MtF play on a women's team is only this: I know not one FtM who is allowed to play on a men's team. However, my opinion in general is that it shouldn't matter in either case. Just let people play without having to undermine their identity.
04/16/2012
kenny.the.dinosaur kenny.the.dinosaur
I would be fine with it
04/16/2012
Cal Cal
Quote:
Originally posted by Vaccinium
This issue dates back to the 70s when Renee Richards successfully sued so that she could play pro tennis and has again been in the news recently with the rulings on that great MTF South African sprinter. The issue most people have is a potential ... More
Was she MTF? That was Castor, right? All the news I heard about her was kind of weird, but I was under the impression that she's been female-identified and legally female her whole life--but they found some intersex genetic stuff going on and banned her from competition. I'm just curious. She dropped out of the news before I really understood what was going on.
04/18/2012
allybee allybee
i'm not sure, i'd have to think about it
04/18/2012
Faeboy Faeboy
While a trans woman's physical size would be beneficial, size isn't everything on the footy field. I'd have no issue playing with a trans woman.

I'm FTM and I have played on a boys team. Unfortunately I'm now far too slight to play on any team, so I'm refereeing.
05/05/2012
TakeHimAway TakeHimAway
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Madeline
I'm not sure what the problem is with that and what the arguments being made against are. I can say I wouldn't have a problem at all. That person is a female in all but body. They feel like a woman and should be acknowledged as such, in my ... More
I feel this way as well.
05/06/2012
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