The governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem disclosed in a short message meant to celebrate women that, she is ready to sign a bill which will prevent transgender women from participating in female sporting activities in public schools.
She wrote on Twitter that, “In South Dakota, we’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by defending women’s sports! I’m excited to sign this bill very soon.” The controversial bill has already passed South Dakota House 50-17 in February.
In addition to South Dakota, the Mississippi House also passed a bill, 81-28 earlier in March which bans transgender athletes from competing on girls’ and women’s sports teams against the President’s executive order.
It is on record that, the newly elected President of the US, Joe Biden signed an executive order upon resuming office, demanding schools across the country to allow every student to participate in sports activities under their chosen gender identity.
An excerpt of the order reads that, “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”
However, the general topic of whether transgender ‘women’ with more masculine advantage should be allowed to participate in an all-female sporting activity is still in contention. Many people hold the view that, the practice is unfair.
Legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova once said that, “I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”
She equally wrote in The Sunday Times that, “to put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires; It’s insane and it’s cheating.” What do you think about this topic?