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The New York Times typically has headlines that make you do a double take if you are a person of sound mind and body. But the one that recently read, "Boys swimming on girls' teams find success - then draw jeers," probably gave some people whiplash. Yet, unlike many Times' headlines that are as misleading as possible, this one pretty much told you what was happening:
It tells of the Massachusetts South Division's fall swimming and diving championships for girls - whose record in the 50-yard freestyle was broken by the winner: Will Higgins.
Will is not for Wilma, because Will is a boy.
So what is a boy doing competing in a championship race for girls? Will's Norwood High School athletic director, Brian Mcdonough, while congratulating Will Higgins, was asked about Will competing in a girl's swimming contest.
He replied: "I didn't want to get into that."
Will Higgins is a high-school senior who is among "roughly two dozen boys competing on girls teams in Massachusetts - because their schools do not have boys swimming programs. The boys are able to disregard this one-gender-only rule because of the open access amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution. That amendment was voted into law in the 1970s. It mandates that boys and girls must be afforded equal access to athletics."
So here we have yet another consequence of the left's ridiculous crusade to break down any and all distinctions between the sexes. Whether it's in the name of transgenderism or gender neutrality or equal rights or political correctness or whatever, the left would have us believe that segregating between the sexes is an abomination.
Now, typically we see this sword cut only in one direction: it is used to reinforce the idea to girls that they are every bit as good as boys and that boys can't do anything that girls can't do. Who are we to keep girls off the football team or wrestling team? And shove your chivalrous attitudes, equal rights mean no more car doors opened, no more "protecting" the weaker sex, no more special immunities and privileges for a woman's workload.
But in this case, the very law being used to elevate women has been applied equally to the other sex. And surprise, surprise, it has upset a few people along the way:
The Times goes on to quote Sarah Hooper, a senior at Needham High, who is the fourth-fastest female entrant and who finds the situation difficult to swallow.
"It's really frustrating to see how athletic directors and school administrators aren't doing anything," she said. "They really aren't advocating for us. I understand there isn't an opportunity for these boys, but it infuriates me that they can't combine two schools' boys to create one team or have them compete in separate meets. The way it is now, the boys are taking recognition away from girls who've worked hard and deserve it."
"Cooler heads are not found in the bleachers. At the Bay State conference meet earlier this month, Hooper's father, Eric, lost his composure after watching her get beaten by boys. While waiting for her after the race, he said to her male competitors, 'Good job for beating the girls.'
The school was pretty ticked off with this Hooper guy, and punished him by threatening to keep him out of the stands at his daughter's sectional meet, until he put his hat in his hand, prostrated himself before the forces of political correctness, and apologized for HIS mistake. Pretty incredible, isn't it?
Boys now swimming on the girls' swimming team and setting state records in the process. Of course, don't you think that denying the opportunity to set girls' records to boys from schools that happen to have a boys team is unfair and inconsistent? Why should only some boys be allowed to set girls' records?
It kind of brings up an interesting possibility, doesn't it? What happens if enough of the boys at this Will Higgins' school decide to join the team. And being bigger and stronger than the girls, pretty soon, the girls are no longer on the team. The girls' team that is...now filled with boys. Maybe those girls would need to band together and go start a boys' team?
Give liberals control of government, and this is what your society becomes.