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 schooler named Mack Beggs won the Texas 6A Girls 110 pound Wrestling State Championship despite currently transitioning from female to male.
Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this touchy topic, Mack is a horrible name choice for this kid. Weirdly, I'm almost jealous of transgender people in the sense that they can pick their own name. I mean, it's literally how you'll get referred to for the rest of your life; it would've been nice to have some input on the situation. I think it's 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; 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're just gonna do some boring switch like that? Idk, kind of lame to me. If I were going to become a girl, I wouldn't want to be like Ryanna or something. Plus, Mack isn't 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?
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 ignorantly. I support trans people's right to make their own decision, but that's what this is from a scientific standpoint. This is just so idiotic to me I don't even know where to begin.
First off, if you genuinely 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 care. Let people live their lives.
That is unless you're the parents footing the bill. Then I can totally understand if you're upset. Are you 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 want a sex change, they better start mowing lawns.
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. If Mack were still named Mackenzie, this would be considered straight-up cheating. Instead, it's just run of the mill transphobia :(
I feel like the easy solution here would be to let FTM students compete as males. If you believe you're 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. It just makes me think of domestic assault, which is never good. That's just my opinion on 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 guys want to.
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 fantastic! 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. That 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 around either (with all due respect to Mack). Over time technology got better, and people advanced. People don't drive horses and buggies anymore for the same 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.