First day of April! Time sure does fly by.
Does anyone have any April challenges in the blog world?
While reading “Women Who Run” there was a chapter on Janet Fuman Bowman who is a male to female transsexual and competes in the female category. Part of me felt this was a bit of an advantage for runners because obviously men are usually faster than women, in general.
Apparently though she did lose her running speed. I don’t know much about transgender and what really happens to traits especially those of athletic performance.
I did however read an article here after my curiosity sprung about. Here was the conclusion
“Of course, to really answer the question of whether transsexual athletes, and specifically mtfs, have potential advantages or liabilities, further research is clearly needed—for example, a comparison of pretreatment transsexuals to bio-born members of their new sex. But that would require significant funding, and such funding has been notoriously scarce when it comes to studying transsexual and transgendered individuals: Whether they are athletes or not, trans women (and men) are sadly still considered a small, fringe community with little to tell researchers about the rest of the world. And the kind of sensational coverage received by the likes of Mianne Bagger, and Renée Richards before her, indicates that the novelty of transgendered women in sports is unlikely to transcend its punch-line status anytime soon.”
Q: What are your thoughts on transgender athletes?
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