I was going to post the entire transcript from the article but it's long AF. If you want to read it www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/meet-the-texas-wrestler-who-won-a-girls-state-title-his-name-is-mack/2017/02/25/982bd61c-fb6f-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.8c9c6c58ab2d
The transgender line is a tricky one to toe, but I'll try to do my best here.
Long story short a high school-er named Mack Beggs won the Texas 6A Girls 110 pound Wrestling State Championship despite currently being in the process of transitioning from female to male.
Btw Mack is a horrible name choice for this kid. In a weird way I'm almost jealous of transgender people in the sense that they can pick their own name. I mean it's literally how you are going to be referred to for the rest of your life, it would've been nice to have to input on the situation. Pretty cool that they get to pick their new name.
I know he used to be named Mackenzie but Mack is just a shitty name, I'm not a fan of transgender people taking the easy way out either and just going from like Mike to Michelle. You can be literally anything you want, you're fucking changing genders, take the time to rebrand yourself with a cool ass name. When it comes to your name you just do some boring switch like that? Idk, kind of lame to me. If I was going to become a girl I wouldn't wanna be like Ryanna or something. Plus Mack isn't not even a real first name, it's a nickname. The two most famous Mac(k)'s to me are nicknames. Mac from IASIP and Mack Brown. Are people gonna start getting named dude too?
Just not a fan of that as a first name.
Anyways Mack wanted to wrestle in the boys division but was not allowed to because in Texas you have to compete in sports that go with the gender on your birth certificate. So basically a girl taking steroids won the girls state championship. I don't mean that in an ignorant way. I support transpeople right to make their own decision, but from a scientific stand point that's what this is. This is just so idiotic to me I don't even know where to begin.
First off, if you truly believe you were born the wrong gender, do whatever you want, go for it, idc it doesn't impact me.
I'm a laid back guy, I'm cool with pretty much any non-violent thing people wanna do. Even if you don't believe in the whole idea of gender dysphoria and think people are just changing gender willy-nilly I don't see why people really care. Let people live their lives.
Unless you're the parents footing the bill. Then I can totally understand if you're upset. You're supposed to pay for college and a sex change? Money doesn't grow on trees. How are you supposed to support a family, save for retirement, college funds AND sex changes? If my future kids better start mowing lawns if they want a sex change.
That being said let's call a spade a spade. This is a girl on steroids competing against girls who aren't, that isn't fair. Don't get butthurt that I called him a girl taking steroids because that's essentially what is going on here. If you want to identify as male and live your life as a dude be my guest, but for the time being physically this is a female, taking testosterone (aka steroids) to transition to male competing against biological females. It's a girl taking steroids competing against other girls. It's straight up cheating.
I feel like the easy solution here would be to let FTM students compete as males. If you want to be a boy, play with the boys. It's wicked unfair for the girls he has to wrestle and also puts everybody in a wicked uncomfortable position watching what looks like a dude wrestling girls. Just makes me think of domestic assault which is never good. But I'm not here to get into all the messy gender line shit. That's just my opinion this issue, let the kid wrestle boys.
My main takeaway from this story however is this?
Why the fuck does Texas have girls wrestling as a sport?
Why would girls want to wrestle? TBH I still don't understand why dudes want to.
When I was in high school older kids on the wrestling team tried to recruit me because of my size after football ended my freshmen year but I was all set.
Yeah I totalllly want to not eat for the week leading up to a match and get cauliflower ear, sounds awesome! Where do I sign up? I don't understand why anybody, male or female would want to be a high school wrestler.
Wrestling is fucking gross, think about how nasty high schoolers can be? I know very well because I used to be one. Like you have to worry about ringworm. That alone should be enough to outlaw it. Sure in football you can get your brains scrambled like some eggs, but at least you can't get nasty ass ringworm like you're Rickety-Cricket. And your ears get ruined. No thank you. Not worth it to play a "sport" that doesn't matter.
To me wrestling is a sport for people who didn't play real sports, very similar to cross country in that sense. Sorry to my friends that wrestled in high school. Doesn't mean I don't like or respect you, I just think wrestling is gross and stupid. Wrestling is for dudes who are 5 foot 1 that are too short to play real sports. Wrestlers will talk about the history of it and how that makes it great. I'm calling bullshit. Yeah it's one of the oldest "sports" going, but that's just because it started before the wheel was invented so of course balls weren't invented yet either. Over time technology gets better and people advance. People don't drive horse and buggies anymore for a reason. Transportation improved. Same with sports. As soon as we figured out you can throw, catch, hit, kick, shoot etc a ball wrestling should've fallen to the wayside.