Trans women in sport is something I’ve discussed with friends quite a bit. I’m still not sure on the best set of rules, and I can only guess different sports should have different rules anyway.
But what I come up against time and time again is that people don’t see past the physical and physiological differences. There’s so much more to it than that!
For example, in American tennis, with all the bullshit around “the battle of the sexes”, very few people realize that for decades there were tennis scholarships for male players… but not for female players! So the men could go through college and get world class coaching and playing opportunities, while the women had to work part time jobs on top of their training and studies.
There is just so many built-in benefits of being a male athlete that female athletes just don’t get. The access isn’t equal. Don’t get me started on pay differences between men and women’s sport!
So when it comes to trans women competing, I don’t mind so much differences in body type or shape or weight, I’m more interested in seeing how much she benefited from training within the patriarchal system before transitioning.
If possible, I’d rather there be a level-of-competition cutoff point, depend on what level one competes at before transitioning. If someone competed as a man at a regional level, or amateur level, then they shouldn’t be allowed to step up to the next level after transitioning.
This doesn’t work with all sports, of course. And, of course, the real long term solution would be to make sure there is way more equality between men’s and women’s sports in terms of funding, pay, access, etc.