A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll revealed shocking facts: The overwhelming majority of Americans do not make it a habit to deny reality.
Respondents were asked if they believed that transgender girls and women should be allowed to compete against biological girls and women.
Fifty-eight percent said transgender women should be barred from college and professional sports. Fifty-five percent of respondents said it shouldn’t be allowed in high school sports, compared to 30% who said it should, and 49% said it shouldn’t be allowed in youth sports, compared to 33% who said it should.
Also, 68% of respondents said that if transgender girls are allowed to compete against biological girls in youth sports, “transgender girls would have a competitive advantage over other girls.”
Respondents were also asked whether they were concerned that not allowing transgender girls to compete with other girls in youth sports would negatively impact the “mental health of transgender girls.” Fifty-two percent said they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned, while 48% said they were “not too” or “not at all” concerned.
The survey also found that 40 percent of Americans say greater social acceptance of transgender people is “good for society,” while 25 percent say it is “bad for society,” and another 35 percent say it is neither.
Sometimes we lose sight of the important aspects of these debates. Is it more harmful to a transgender child to be denied the chance to compete with girls, or to have parents, doctors, and advocates pushing them to “transition to another sex”?
The Washington Post attempts to point out that the numbers in question are very small. This suggests that Republican legislators who prevent transgendered athletes from competing with young female athletes are making a mountain of it.
Despite the fact that transgender people are relatively few and there have been limited instances of concern, the issue has become politicized.
Pew Research Center’s Tuesday poll found that 0.6% of Americans identify themselves as transgender. However, the percentage rose to 2.1% among those aged 18-29. A further 1 percent of Americans claimed to be nonbinary, meaning they are neither a man nor a woman, they are not strictly one or the other. This percentage rose to 3 percent for people aged 18-29.
It doesn’t matter what number is involved, it is not fair at any level. While it’s positive that society is more accepting of those who are different, there must be a line that’s not crossed. Especially when false assumptions are used to justify it.
The pretense that trans women are not different from biological women is a political construct. It has nothing to do with science or health. Trans advocates believe that if they work hard enough, reality can be turned upside down and magical transformations will occur.
You can’t just click your heels three times and change reality. Trans advocates will be better off if we all accept this basic fact of human existence sooner than later.