State vs. Feds: California assembly rolls back Title IX protections for female athletes, codifies sex-stereotypes into state law

Tom Ammiano
Tom Ammiano: Rollback for Women’s Rights

The California assembly approved a measure that upends federal equality protections for government-funded sports programs based on sex. Bill 1266, sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano,  replaces female equality measures with a “gender” based sports program which allows athletes of either sex to compete in women’s sporting programs based on their willingness to conform to, and proclaim adherence to, stereotypical social norms which the California government legally redefines as the definition of female-“ness”, regardless of actual sex. In doing so the state removes sex-based equality protections for female athletes and replaces them with state-mandated guidelines for behaviors, feelings and stereotypes that the state defines as “female”, regardless of sex.
Ammiano believes that reproductively female persons are a disposable class, and as such require no government representation or protection, despite vast objective data showing overwhelming systemic discrimination and marginalization of females socially, economically, and legally. The assembly approved Ammiano’s replacement of female as a protected class with a newly created class defined as individuals of either sex who claim to possess what lawmakers define as “female feelings”. In accordance with this premise the assembly ruled that facilities such as urinals and locker rooms should be used by students based not on anatomy – but on their willingness to adhere to the sex-based stereotypes, which are illegal under federal law Title VII.
Assemblyman Phil Ting explained his vote for the measure by citing the sex-based social role change of his (apparently courageous) staffer Heather: “This courageous person is a part of a courageous community. … We have to do everything possible to make sure we are supportive of that and support their courage.” [sic]
The California Assembly also approved in tandem a measure that provides state secrecy in name changes if those changes involve social sex-role change, due to the “humiliating” nature of such name changes. According to bill 55-16, name changes including those of convicted felons can bypass normal channels as long as such changes are attached to a claimant’s self-reported change in social role.
Men who state they are willing to adopt a female social role will now have their name changes bypass regular procedures used by name change applicants, as such changes will not appear in any legal court record or in media ledgers. “…the measure’s provisions are similar to the privacy options available to domestic violence and sexual assault victims,” Reports the Sacramento Bee.
Both bills will now head to the Senate.

7 thoughts on “State vs. Feds: California assembly rolls back Title IX protections for female athletes, codifies sex-stereotypes into state law

  1. Thank you for this. I had no idea this was going on. Predictable, but maybe we can still fight it.
    Of course females always mean nothing when compared to male demands…

  2. The sad thing is that the best challenge to that would be in federal court, but not under the current regime…especially in the 9th Circuit. But that also presumes that it got past the State Senate in the first place…something that, even in wacky places like California, should never be presumed. It seems like one Chamber or another in so many States always has idiots in place and the other Chamber serves as sort of a check…
    State law should not trump the federal protections that exist under Title IX, and yet California has basically made an attempt to have told the feds to go f*ck themselves, that protections codified for the express purpose of affording a modicum of equality for females simply do not matter. Why does it not surprise me that it was a male who shepherded this POS legislation though the process?

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