KTVA, Anchorage – Haines runner Nattaphon Wangyot qualified for the girls 1-2-3A 100-meter and 200-meter finals Friday afternoon at the high school state track and field meet, but unlike her competitors, she was born with male anatomy.
Transgender equality has become a hot topic of discussion around the country, and Alaska is no exception. The Alaska Schools Activities Association recently implemented a policy to allow individual school districts to decide if a transgender athlete can compete in a sport as the gender they identify with.
You can react to this story any way you want, with one exception. You can’t be surprised.
We all saw this coming a million light years away. Because if we’ve learned anything in our lifetimes, it’s that no good deed goes unpunished. Or to be more specific, no act of social engineering is so well intentioned that someone, somewhere, won’t abuse it for their own gain.
70 years ago, someone came up with the idea of social security to help old people in their golden years and everyone was on board with it. Then they decided to give it to the disabled. And that was a great idea too because we all want to see the most vulnerable among us get taken care of. But if you told people back then that by the 2000s, we’d be labeling drug addiction as a “disability” and people would be sitting at home collecting a check for being hooked on narcotics, they would have told you you’re insane. But it’s reality.
So now, because we as a culture have taken up the noble cause of trying to make transgendered people feel like marginalized have started making the effort to have them more included, it was only a matter of time before someone started taking advantage of all that goodwill.
Nattaphon Wangyot might be the first genetically male athlete to compete against the females, but by no means will he be the last. So just accept it. There’s always a price to be paid for trying to do right by others. And in this case, girls athletics will be the ones paying the price. Because let’s not kid ourselves. There absolutely will be boys who self-identify as 100 percent male who will sign up for girls events just to have the advantage. If you don’t think so, you’ve been missing out on the culture of “If you ain’t first, you’re last” that’s been going on all around you, and I suggest you start paying attention to the world.
And by no means am I mad at my girl Nattaphon. She found a loophole in the system and she’s exploiting it. Good for her. She didn’t make the rules, she’s just taking advantage of them. But the ribbons she wins will still look exactly like the ribbons everyone else wins, so who are we to begrudge it? I’m just saying we’d better get used to it. Some time in your future when your teenage daughter is getting posted up by a 6-foot-3, 200-pound self-identifying female hoops star or in a meet against a transgendered elite swimmer, or that guy you bet the $5 Nassau against all of a sudden tells you he’s playing from the red tees, remember it all came unraveled back in 2016. And I was here to warn you.
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