It’s one thing to support seemingly broad-minded ideas such as gender self-identification – being able to change your legally biological sexual type (male or female) by saying so, filing some paperwork, and paying a few fees. It’s quite another to watch unintended consequences unfold as we witness how transgenderism translates into the real world.
Consider the case of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) female fighter Tamikka “Boom Boom” Brents. The 31-year-old Pro MMA Fighter from Springfield, Illinois, is ranked #46 in the Women’s Pound for Pound weight-class rating in Kansas & Missouri. When she squared off with the famous transgender competitor Fallon Fox on September 14, 2014, Brents wound up in the hospital with a skull fracture and broken eye socket.
After the fight was called a TKO (technical knockout) and the prize awarded to Fox, Brents said:
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because [Fox] was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.”
Fallon Fox (born November 29, 1975) is a 43-year old retired male American MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter. He became a she in 2006, after having gender reassignment surgery, breast augmentation, and hair transplant surgeries performed at the Bangkok National Hospital in Thailand. Fox is the first openly transgender athlete in MMA history.
On March 1, 2013, Fox applied for a Florida fighting license with “female” marked for gender. The application went under review for alleged discrepancies. After the Florida boxing commission looked into the matter further, the group decided there wasn’t enough information to block the licensing initiative. Roger Maas, Assistant General Counsel to the Florida commission, read the following statement:
“The evidence does not support prosecution of the specified violations of Chapter 548, Florida Statutes, or the rules promulgated thereunder. Therefore this case should be closed.”
On April 2, 2013, the Florida fight commission closed its investigation into Fox’s licensing application and awarded Fox a license to fight, allowing her to compete in the CFA women’s 145-pound tourney.
The news that Fox had not disclosed the truth about her sex-change operation to the MMA commission and community came out in March 2013, after a 39-second knockout victory, the fifth-straight first-round victory for the then-37-year old fighter, including her three amateur bouts and her second victory as a professional fighter:
“Fox, 37, had been competing as a woman in the featherweight division and had not previously disclosed his birth sex. He was forced to reveal his secret to Sports Illustrated magazine after a journalist with knowledge of his background questioned him after winning a quarterfinal fight against Ericka Newsome. The fight lasted only 39 seconds and ended when Fox delivered a blow to Newsome’s head with his knee, knocking her out.”
As for the 2014 match between Fox and Brents,
Fox ended the 2:17 match by pummeling the prostrate Brents about the head, resulting in damage to her orbital (eye socket) bone that required seven staples. Brents also received a concussion.
Afterward, Brents said:
“Her grip was different. I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”
The underlying question of whether or not to allow transgenders who were born as men but underwent sex-change operations to realize their inner sexuality is a hot topic because there are biological differences between natural-born males and transgender females.
Fox claims to be at a disadvantage in the ring due to low testosterone and regular hormone treatments. History is proving that statement to be dead wrong.
Ashley McGuire, author of Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female, said:
“Twenty years ago if a man hit a woman so hard that he sent her to the hospital, he’d be in prison. Now he can get paid for it.”
According to McGuire, letting men up and decide to be women is unscientific and harms women:
“That’s because the men-and-women-are-the-same argument invariably leads women to be judged against a male standard. Or to put it another way, to be more of a woman, a woman has to be more like a man…
“For the tiny percentage of people who experience gender dysphoria [a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction], we should have nothing but compassion. We should do everything we can to help them and protect their dignity, but we don’t need to overturn biologically defined sex differences to do so.”
Even natural-born men think Fox and other transgender females have crossed the line into the Unfair Zone. Paulo Costa, Brazilian MMA middleweight, commented on fighter Fox in January 2018:
“He was born a man, and he is a man, even though he calls himself a transsexual. It’s absurd cowardice, not only by him but also by the promoters of any event that has accepted this kind of absurdity. He has simply annihilated the girls who have fought against him. They were slaughtered, they put their lives at risk, they put their physical integrity at risk. I don’t want to get into [the personal aspect] of his choice, to be transsexual or not, homosexual or not. What happens here is that a man is fighting against girls, against women, as if he were one. This is absurd, and it can’t be accepted.”
It seems as if our culture is suffering from being too politically correct regarding combat sports. People are fearful of speaking out against gender injustices arising from professional transgender competitors. Will it take a death in the ring to satisfy the blood lust of regulatory agencies such as the Florida fight commission?