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The U.S. women’s national soccer team recently earned a historic victory on the world stage, but not all is well for girls who might want to follow in their footsteps.
In fact, girls’ sports has become one of the most tragic battlefields of the culture war.
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In Connecticut, high school track runner Selina Soule recently joined two other girls in filing a civil-rights complaint with the Department of Education. Soule lost out on potential college scholarships and recruitment opportunities after she lost a race—and a spot in the state championship—to two transgender, biological males.
These girls argue that the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has violated Title IX’s prohibition on sex-based discrimination by allowing biological males to compete in female competitions.
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Connecticut isn’t the only state to go down this path. The nation’s capital has adopted a similar policy allowing boys to compete with girls, prompting the all-girls Oakcrest School to withdraw from its athletic conference over concerns about “safety and fairness.”
This issue has united conservatives and progressives alike who believe that biological sex determines important social realities. Telling girls they must compete with boys and share locker rooms and bathrooms with boys is wrong, they say. It’s not fair, and it fails to account for the privacy and safety concerns many women have in intimate facilities.
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Having to compete against boys isn’t the only obstacle women are beginning to face. What if you had to wear a certain design on your jersey that endorses a message unrelated to your sport, your team, or your ability to play, in order to participate?
This is what happened to Jaelene Hinkle, who was invited to play soccer for the U.S. Women’s National Team but withdrew, citing her reluctance to compete in a jersey adorned with LGBT pride colors.
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