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The new Biden-Harris administration seems determined to turn the day-to-day life of the entire American society into an episode of South Park. Just after arriving at the White House, and after insinuating that Donald Trump was a dictator for signing too many executive orders, Joe Biden has signed 17 of these in his first days as president, far surpassing his predecessors.
Several of these orders have been a nod to the LGBT community, aimed at requiring the federal government not to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In particular, two of his measures have sought to please the transgender lobby: undoing Trump’s ban on admitting transgender people into the military and compelling educational institutions that receive federal funding to admit biological men who identify as women onto their women’s sports teams.
In a hilarious South Park episode, the dire consequences of these kinds of pro-transgender measures, which seemingly sound very nice, inclusive and progressive, had been explored and mocked.
The seventh episode of the twenty-third season, titled “Board Girls” that aired on November 13th, 2019, shows the real consequences for women’s sports that these kinds of inclusionary policies would have.
The assistant principal of the South Park elementary school, “Strong Woman” (yes, that’s the character’s name), is the girlfriend and mother of Principal PC’s (Peter Charles, his initials being a reference to “politically correct”) children. Both characters are very progressive and always concerned with appearing politically correct and inclusive, trying never to offend anyone.
The vice principal, living up to her name, has been preparing for the “Strong Woman” women’s sports competition for years to show the whole town her empowerment and feminism. Her dream of becoming the winner is threatened when in this edition the participation of Heather Swanson, a transgender athlete, is announced.
Heather Swanson, who until a few weeks ago was a burly man named Blade Jaggart, now perceives herself as a woman and the only thing that has changed is her name, since she obviously retains her imposing physique.
Of course he crushes all his female rivals in the competition, leaving the deputy director in second place. Although the PC director discovers that he is his girlfriend’s ex and does it all out of revenge for her, his political correctness prevents him from criticizing him…I mean, her. The slightest criticism or questioning would pass like transphobia! Both the director and the assistant director, so as not to see their progressivism, tolerance and inclusiveness questioned, put their ideology before common sense and allow themselves to be overwhelmed by Blade or, rather, Heather.
South Park and transgender people real-life sports
This absurd situation doesn’t only occur in South Park fiction. In 2014 a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Fallon Fox, who was born male, fractured the skull of her female opponent. However, some progressive media, in a crazy mental pirouette, typical of a character like the PC director of South Park, consider that Fox even has disadvantages in the competition for being transgender.
Beyond the real beatings by biological men that women may receive in contact sports, this measure will have disastrous consequences for women’s sports in general. To give you some idea, according to Tucker Carlson, there are 300 male athletes in the United States alone who are college students with better times than the world’s fastest female 400-meter runner.
Trying to follow the “illogical logic” of the progressives, and assuming their premises and even their language, if the normative binary conception of sex is the root of all evil, wouldn’t it be logical to create an exclusive sports category for transgender people? Why stick to the -according to them- antiquated binomial of female and male sports?
In South Park, Eric Cartman and director PC himself, came to a similar conclusion: don’t allow political power to interfere in the decisions of private sports organizations and let them freely choose whether they are exclusively male, exclusively female, mixed or, why not, transgender.
This would certainly be much more diverse than the impositions of the Biden-Harris tandem, who by making a toast to the sun for their transgender and progressive voters, are dynamiting the incentives and dreams of millions of female athletes around the world.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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