On Friday came the news that the Olympic dreams of women's sprinter and Dallas native Sha'Carri Richardson took an unfortunate detour.

In a routine drug screening, Richardson tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. And, let's just say the punishment outweighed the crime.

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Diane Turski

Marijuana should be removed at the federal level from being a Schedule 1 drug.

Bailey Jones

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Carlos Ponce

Sha'Carri Richardson has accepted her punishment.

What I find offensive are the "trans-women" athletes who take hormone supplements while not surgically removing their masculine parts. Women born female and trying to compete are at a disadvantage. The "woke" crowd has created a huge hole in Title IX to allow male born and raised athletes to compete as women.

Carlos Ponce

"SO this means that you are OK with Transgender athletes that surgically removing their masculine parts." No. But it looks too much like fraud. Can't make it as a to p male athlete? Take female hormones and compete as a female. Win a gold medal. Quit taking the hormones and "boast" of your gold.[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

You said, "What I find offensive are the "trans-women" athletes who take hormone supplements while not surgically removing their masculine parts".

SO this means that you are OK with Transgender athletes that surgically removing their masculine parts.

Do you have a problem with a hermaphrodite competing?

Sha'Carri Richardson did not follow the rule and she will pay the price. Transgender athletes follow the rules that are set for them to compete. What you have is a complaint about, is the groups that runs the events, not the athletes .

Under current Olympic guidelines, trans women can enter female categories so long as their testosterone remains below 10 nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) for at least one year, while transgender men may compete in male categories without restriction. Transgender athletes have been allowed to compete in the Olympics since 2003, and not one has ever qualified.

Testosterone levels are not the main reason that athletes win.

Male powerlifters, had “remarkably low testosterone” while male track and field athletes had “high oestradiol” levels, which is the most common oestrogen found in women.

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts, "Testosterone levels are not the main reason that athletes win." They have an advantage before the hormone treatments began with a man's physic, greater body mass, lower fat, greater lung capacity. All this is not diminished with initial estrogen treatments.

Carlos Ponce

Jim Forsythe posts, "Testosterone levels are not the main reason that athletes win."

Does Jim Forsythe see any "trans women" going for women's gymnastics? women's figure skating?

They go for sports that require greater body strength, muscle tone, lung capacity, bone structure, etc, sports where they have an edge over the natural female.

Does Jim Forsythe see any "trans men" competing?

Jim Forsythe

The reason you have not seen transgender athletes in women Gymnastics and Ice skating, because the rules did not allow it until the last few years.

On19 Nov, 2020 this was announced. USA Gymnastics (USAG) on Tuesday pledged to remove “surgical sex reassignment, legal gender recognition, and hormone therapy requirements” as requirements for transgender athletes to compete in disciplines they consider align with their gender identity. This is why you have not seen transgender athletes competing in women Gymnastics.

Ice skating==There have been transgendered individuals who have competed at the women adult sectionals and nationals. the adult competitive world is very open to everyone.

These rules may have changed for transgender athletes as this is what was in place in 2018 .

1. Two years on hormones

2. Legal gender must be changed

3. Genital surgery

Bailey Jones

Jim, as I imagine you already know, this issue with trans women in sports is a red herring. What offends religious conservatives isn't what trans peeps do or don't do, it's their very existence. It's the same with the rest of the LGBT+xyz123 community. Religious conservatives reject the idea that diversity in gender, identity, and sexuality are natural phenomena, based on their ridiculous belief that the Bible is a somehow a useful source of scientific knowledge.

This bugaboo of poor little girls having to face off with boys in dresses is just a convenient narrative. It's no different from the warnings that whites would be outperformed by blacks if sports were desegregated. Charles Anderson Dana (editor of the New York Sun) famously stated after Jack Johnson's victory over the "great white hope" that "The black man is rapidly forging to the front ranks in athletics, especially in the field of fisticuffs. We are in the midst of a black rise against white supremacy." As recently as the 1990s this has been a subject of concern. (https://vault.si.com/vault/1997/12/08/715240-toc)

Just as white supremacists objected to the racial integration of sports based on their bias against blacks generally, so do cisgender supremacists object to trans people in sports (or anywhere, really) based on their irrational prejudice against anyone who violates their heteronormative, binary, patriarchal, worldview.

The issue of the "fairness" of transmen and transwomen competing against cisgendered people is a real one, and one I don't pretend to have a solution for. But I do know that demonization and discrimination isn't the answer. It never is.

Also - legalize pot. It's been used as a bludgeon against POC for way too long.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey gets it all wrong. What offends is the idea of placing natural born females at a disadvantage. Look to see how many of these "trans women" athletes revert back to men once they win the gold.

Carlos Ponce

Correction:

Look to see how many of these "trans women" athletes revert back to calling themselves men once they win the gold.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, please provide the names of the many transgender athletes that revert back to men once they win the gold.

Carlos, please provide the names of the many transgender athletes that have won an Olympic medal.

Carlos Ponce

"Carlos, please provide the names of the many transgender athletes that have won an Olympic medal." Playing games, Jim? Wait until the final results are in since this is unprecedented.

Carlos Ponce

All this does not negate that natural born females are at a disadvantage.

Jim Forsythe

If a non-transgender women athletes are at a disadvantage, the only people that would win would be transgender athletes.

In the upcoming Olympics. few if any non-transgender women will win or be in top 3 in a event. If what you say is true, only transgender women athletes

would win.

Sha'Carri Richardson did not go by the rules, but transgender women athletes do. Sports is based on going by the rules and you are against a person that follows the rules?

Do you also have a problem with a hermaphrodite competing?

Carlos Ponce

So MANY factors you are leaving out Jim!

Jim Forsythe

Sha'Carri Richardson did not go by the rules, but transgender women athletes do. Sports is based on going by the rules and you are against a person that follows the rules?

Do you also have a problem with a hermaphrodite competing?

Carlos Ponce

I see Jim wants to put natural born females at a disadvantage.

Jim Forsythe

No Carlos, just going by the rules is what make sports great.

The people that take part, do not make the rules.

Please point your non-approval towards the people that make the rules and not the people that are trying their best.

Carlos Ponce

When the "rules" give an unfair advantage to one group, it does not make them fair.

Jim Forsythe

Just as always, wait and see. It has not happen, but that does not stop you posting it as a fact.

At the level of the Olympics, how many transgender athletes even Qualify to Compete?

When all the countries of the world agree on what rules apply, it is fair.

The International Olympic Committee make the rules and those that have athletes, have agreed to the rules.

If they did not agree, they would not show up at the games.

If one agrees to follow the rule, they can not call them unfair.

If one does not like the rules, change them, but follow the rules in place until they are changed.

Carlos , if the The International Olympic Committee says that these are the rules, why would you think you know better than the The International Olympic Committee.

Just as Bailey said, you are living in the past!

Carlos Ponce

Jim[thumbdown]

Keith Gray

You know...you never see women identifying as men making the men's Olympic team...

David Smith

Meanwhile.. back at the ranch .. she broke the rules..knowingly..

Let her sit her ---- out .. and learn her lesson

Dean Evans

Spot on James

T.W. Day

There was nothing harsh about this suspension. Too many people think that rules are for other people. These athletes know the rules. This is also what is wrong with society as a whole. We have rules and laws. Without them you have chaos.

Follow the rules and you are suspended or fired from your job, whatever the case may be.

This isn't about whether marijuana should be legal or not either. This is about following the rules. PERIOD.

T.W. Day

To correct my comment above, since there is no edit feature, it should say "Follow the rules OR you are suspended or fired from your job, whatever the case may be'"

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