Angering those who support the Biden-Pelosi push for the acceptance of transgender athletes in women’s sports, pro-golfer Mianne Bagger of Denmark expressed support for an Australian bill that would prohibit trans women from competing in female sports.
Bagger made headlines when, as a transgender biological male, Bagger competed in the Women’s Australian Open in 2004
Fox News reports that Bagger, 55, “started hormone replacement therapy in 1992” and underwent “sex reassignment surgery in 1995.”
Bagger began to compete against amateur female golfers in the late 1990s and in 1999 won the South Australian State Amateur tournament.
Though the current Australian lawmaker’s bill would have excluded Bagger from competing in female sports in the 1990s, Bagger believes the bill is appropriate, saying: “These days, [the dynamic] has crept into what’s called self ID or self-identification: male-bodied people presenting as women, who live as women, with varying degrees of medical intervention and in some degrees, no medical intervention, which is just — it’s crossed the line, in my view, it really has … It’s a slap in the face to women.”
Bagger told the News.com.au outlet that it is important to note “the difference between general society and sport, particularly really high-level sport.”
Clarifying, Bagger said, “In everyday society, of course, we want an inclusive, egalitarian [society]. We want equality, lack of discrimination, and of course every single person should have equal access to life and services and work in society. Of course, we all want that, and so do I.”
“In sports, its about physical ability. It’s not just about discrimination, it’s not just about equality and equal access. It is a physical ability. Now, if you’ve got one group — males — that are on average stronger, taller, faster, as opposed to women, there has to be a divide. There has to be a division,” Bagger added.
Bagger also took issue with the International Olympic Committee’s decision to make it easier for trans athletes to compete in female sports, calling the decision “utter rubbish.”
“Anyone with any basic understanding of biology and the difference between men and women knows it’s ridiculous. It’s male puberty that really grants boys and men that physical performance [advantage] in sport,” Bagger said, “and I think it’s irrefutable — it’s ridiculous to suggest otherwise.”
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