It is unsettling to see Sharron Davies receiving vitriolic abuse and threats for stating the obvious, as she stands up for women athletes. Thanks to the stupidity of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which changed its guidelines, Trans women are now eligible for female competitions, if they self-identify for a year, and reduced their testosterone levels to ten nanomoles per litre of blood.
Considering a healthy range in biological men is 9.2 to 31.8, and females between 0.3 and 2.5 nmol/lt, Trans women clearly have an immediate advantage, as Sharron is doing her best to explain.
Testosterone is the hormone which controls bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, and strength. It is what makes men stronger, bigger, faster and why there are separate male and female events.
As Sharron knows only too well having been beaten into second place in 1980 at the Moscow Olympics by East German Petra Schneider, who later admitted her victory was drug-enhanced. In fact the entire East German women’s Olympic team was being pumped full of steroids, including testosterone, that increased their performance by 9 per cent.
Miss Davies is now standing up for all women athletes, as she believes in fairness. And as she says it all comes down to biology, as sex is a binary fact.
Livestock farmers understand gender better than most, as we deal with reproduction, livestock growth, development and comparisons between males and females every day. At Ote Hall we rear male Sussex cattle which have been castrated at birth. Their development, feeding programme, muscle production, temperament and finish is completely different to females. The same goes for pigs, sheep and chickens.
For the record despite castration, our steers still produce additional muscle mass compared to females of the same age.
The people who are threatening Sharron through social media are as she says, ‘political activists with misogynist and narcissistic tendencies from the queer community, who consider they are untouchable because they are queer’.
They are a small minority trying to drive the agenda through bullying tactics and pathetic threats. All strength to Sharron Davies for standing up to them and explaining very intelligently and clearly why boys are boys and girls are girls. However they may identify, it is the biology which counts.
On a similar subject which also has a connection with the livestock we produce on the farm; why is there a growing movement which unaccountably celebrates and praises people who are fat?
Why are young women who are on the verge of being obese encouraged to flaunt and over expose their bodies? More often than not spilling out of clothes which are several sizes too small for them?
Why is it acceptable to encourage obesity? Surely it is kinder to tell these naïve young people they are heading for an early grave at best, or live a life with diseases due to their over indulgence of too many calories and too little exercise.
As Dr Max Pemberton said, ‘Being fat is for most a choice, and the NHS should not have to pick up the pieces. Obesity cost more than £6 billion in 2015 and by 2050 that will rise to £9.5 billion’.
As reported last week, obesity has now overtaken smoking as the number one cause of cancer. Surely fat shaming is preferable to facing a future riddled with cancer and dying before our time.
All livestock farmers are aware that over fat animals struggle with fertility and the carcasses are rejected by butchers or realise rock bottom prices. To keep our livestock healthy and fertile it is essential we feed them appropriately and do not allow them to gain unwanted fat.
It is time to accept the truth and not hide behind the fake PC culture. Fat is fat, and sex is biological not a choice.
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