A prediction for the 2022 Olympics…

It’s 2014, and the Olympics are in full swing in Sochi, Russia.  Now there has been nonstop talk about Russia’s law against the “Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors expressed in distribution of information that is aimed at the formation among minors of non-traditional sexual attitudes, attractiveness of non-traditional sexual relations, misperceptions of the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations, or enforcing information about non-traditional sexual relations that evokes interest to such relations”  (Here’s an English translation by an LGBT group and the Google-translated 3rd and final reading of the original.  You may notice that it’s not so much an anti-gay law as an a law against the distribution of sexually explicit/deviant literature to minors…).

Now I don’t really have much concern about the laws of another country in another continent beyond laughing at the sheer idea of someone like Vladimir Putin letting foreign wimps push him around politically (those who try coincidentally find themselves dead), but my wife and I were talking about the Olympic furor over the issue of homosexual “rights” and she made a striking observation.  Consider the two short following videos:

#1.  The gold metal run of Jaime Anderson (not Sage Kostenburg as I previously wrote…he’s a guy and I made a hilariously ironic error) in the women’s slopestyle snowboard event:

#2.  The bronze metal run of Mark McMorris in the men’s slopestyle snowboard event:

Notice several things:

– Notice the level of difficulty with the tricks (worth points).

– Notice the amount of air they both get and the distance they both travel on the jumps (worth points).

Now, if one watched the freestyle moguls (here’s the women’s gold metal run and here’s the men’s gold metal run) one would see a similar pattern: the men are faster, jump higher, do more difficult tricks, etc…runningsteve

So…

In 2022, when the whole homosexuality issue is ancient history and nobody has a clue what pronoun to use for anyone anymore, will people who are born male be allowed to compete as women if they feel like they’re women?  Will a person with 30% more muscle mass be allowed to compete against others who have a physiological disadvantage?  Will that allow for true equality in the sporting world?

I’m wondering what will happen then?

What will the equality police do then?

Will there be discrimination against Mrs. Doubtfire if he tries to compete against Mary Poppins or will their be discrimination against Mrs. Doubtfire in order to preserve some semblance of fairness for all the real nannies in the sport?

mary-poppins(let’s be honest.  In the ski jump, Poppins would dominate)

I’m unsure how this will play out, but I’m guessing that it will be in the news eight years from now.

Just a random thought for you all as I’m keeping this blog active while working on chapter five of Authentic Fire.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “I hope I’m not a prophet” Unger

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3 thoughts on “A prediction for the 2022 Olympics…

  1. I think you are conflating sexual orientation with gender. You raise a good point though about gender definition in that we should move away from defining certain sports as male v. female and use other criterion such as weight classes to define the competition groupings.

    • How am I conflating sexual orientation with gender?

      We shouldn’t “move away from defining certain sports as male v. female”, because we don’t do that in the first place, right? I’m wondering if you can help me understand what you were getting at?

    • You write at the end ‘I’m unsure how this will play out, but I’m guessing that it will be in the news eight years from now’. Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, what does it matter if there are there two, three, four or whatever genders / categories / sexual orientations (call it what you will) of people performing in an Olympic event? It was once unthinkable that women would play hockey in the Olympics and yet today we take it as a completely natural thing that they be given the opportunity to do so. And, in the more distant past, women only started competing around 1900. Currently the IOC is committed to gender equality at its events. Maybe by 2022 this will be extended to men who fancy themselves as women and women as men. Things change to the status quo all the time – this is not the doing of some mysterious conspiratorial ‘equality police’ but rather to social forces that some believe to be progressive and others as regressive and still others as inconsequential. Where do you stand on this?

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