Golfer Mianne Bagger made history in 2004 when she competed in the Women’s Australian Open, the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a professional golf tournament.
Now, Bagger is speaking out about the dangers of allowing biological males to compete in female athletics.
What is Bagger saying?
Amid renewed scrutiny over the fairness of allowing biological men to compete against biological women in athletics, Bagger revealed this week that she supports an Australian lawmaker's bill meant to protect female sports from biological male competitors.
In an interview with Australian TV’s "Insight," Bagger condemned the trajectory of the transgender movement.
"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," Bagger said. "It’s a slap in the face to women."
Bagger was born a man, but underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1995. However, she does not care if she is labeled a "hypocrite" for supporting legislation that would have banned her from participating in sports.
In fact, Bagger said it is "really important" to concretely state "the difference between general society and sport, particularly really high-level sport" because of the biological differences between men and women.
"In every day 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," Bagger said.
"In sport? It’s different. Sport is about physical ability. It’s not just about discrimination, it’s not just about equality and equal access. It is a physical ability," Bagger explained. "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."
As progressives in America continue to push the participation of transgender athletes in sports despite unfair physical advantages, our neighbors across the pond are reconsidering such policies.
In fact, a British transgender cyclist, a biological male, made headlines this month after being banned from competing in an event. British Cycling, the sanctioning body for cycling in Britain, then suspended its policy allowing transgender and non-binary cyclists to compete in events.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also boldly said that biological men should not compete in female sports.