On Saturday September 13, in a “cage” in the Springfield, Illinois Convention Center, a crowd gathered to watch something that happens thousands of times a day worldwide: a man battered a woman.
Fallon Fox, a 38-year-old ex-military man and father, caused what many are calling career-ending injuries to his female mixed martial arts opponent, Tamikka Brents. In less than three minutes, Fox inflicted an orbital bone fracture, a concussion, and soft tissue injuries to Brents’ head so extensive that they required 8 surgical staples to close. This level of brutality, this male on female violence, is unlike anything previously seen in Women’s MMA.
In addition to the horrific level of bodily injury inflicted by a male onto a female competitor, the atmosphere surrounding this event was notable for the bizzare sexism and anti-lesbian public sentiment expressed by Fox and his fellow transgender community members leading up to and following Brents’ injuries.
Some mainstream observers outside the “LGBT” are mystified by the level of cruelty and bloodlust displayed by Fox’s transgender male supporters against female MMA fighter Tamikka Brents, an out and proud lesbian. Those not savvy in the social and political dynamics of the LGBT community may not be aware of the fact that, in some ways, the public battery of Tamikka and the bloodlust exhibited by the transgender community is emblematic of the ongoing violence and hostility of heterosexual male “transwomen” towards lesbians in general. The public at large may be unaware of the fact that Fallon Fox devotes his ample free time to the posting of anti-gay screeds online which center on the “unfairness” of lesbian women declining relations with males like himself who are transgender. Those unexposed to transgender politics may be shocked to learn that Fallon Fox publicly promotes the creation of an online “registry” of women, modeled on one operated by the “Men’s Rights” group affiliated with Elliot Rodger, that would list the names of every lesbian, feminist, and woman who recognizes that biological sex exists (!) so that men like Fallon Fox can target them for god knows what.
As bizarre and unlikely as Fox’s public campaigns may seem to the average citizen outside of the LGBT, this sort of over the top anti-gay, anti-lesbian, anti-female “Men’s Rights” campaigning is an activity that is well within the mainstream of transgender activism. For example: The largest organized protest by far in the entire history of the transgender rights movement was not against the political foes of transgender rights, but instead centered on a single private lesbian gathering that is for females only (Michigan Women’s Music Festival). Everyone within the LGBT knows: there is nothing heterosexual male “lesbians” like Fallon Fox hate more than an actual female lesbian. It may seem counterintuitive to the average person’s conception of “males who identify as female”, but such males actually do not like women and find the lives and existence of real females disruptive to their male gender fantasies. Lesbians receive the worst of their ire for the obvious reason: that lesbian sexuality and culture is not inclusive of males, regardless of their feelings or any cosmetic surgery procedures they may undergo. This is why males in the transgender community (those that fancy themselves “male lesbians”) were so invested in seeing Tamikka Brent battered by a fellow “male lesbian”.
This is why a heterosexual white male transgender AJ McKenna published nine successive blog posts prior to the Fox vs. Brents match calling “for blood” against black lesbian Tamikka Brents and calling her an “enemy” of men like himself. This is why he contacted her sponsors and supporters and demanded that they stop supporting the lesbian fighter. This is why he posted a video (which he removed after Tamikka was hospitalized) where he likened Tamikka to rapist Mike Tyson because McKenna felt that her failure as a gay female to accept males as potential romantic partners “rapes” their identity as male lesbians.
To those outside the LGBT this all sounds absurd and unbelievable. Actually, it sounds absurd and unbelievable to most of us. Unfortunately, this is the state of the mainstream rhetoric of the transgender movement towards lesbians and women in general.
This is why ESPN sports commenter Chris (now “Christina”) Kahrl, a heterosexual white male, publicly tweeted that Tamikka Brents “deserved” her orbital fracture, concussion and head staples at the hands of Fallon Fox: because being a black lesbian makes her a “noisy” woman and a “hater” of males.
This is why transgender websites PlanetTransgender and TransGriot celebrated the injuries inflicted on a black lesbian by a male and the “spilling of her blood”.
None of these transgender males, incidentally, claims that Tamikka Brents did or said anything “transphobic” to warrant their bloodlust. Brents invariably called Fallon Fox “she” and referred to him as a woman and did all the things the males wanted her to do. The reason cited by Planet Transgender and SoSoGay’s McKenna as to why Tamikka “deserved” to be battered is that she “failed to effectively moderate her facebook page”.
The cries from heterosexual white men to “Make a Black Lesbian Bleed” because she rejects males as potential sexual partners, and the post-battery cries of “she deserved it” were enough to turn the stomach of anyone who does not consider sexual and social obedience of women as an entitlement of males (whether transgender or not). The massive level of injuries inflicted by a man on a woman in a public spectacle also turned the stomach of many viewers.
Now, as the dust settles on this publicly sanctioned male on female act of battery many are revisiting the larger, (and one might say, obvious) questions: Should men like Fallon Fox be sanctioned to compete in women’s sports? When is it acceptable for men to beat and batter women- to punch, kick, and assault them? Is it ever acceptable? Is it acceptable when those men claim to feel like they are “female brained”? Is it acceptable if those men are surgically castrated (as Fox claims to be)? Are castrated males “female”?
Much discussion and controversy took place over the last year since the MMA decided to license male transgender Fallon Fox in the female division after Fox, a male with breast implants, initially lied about his sex to access his first two fights against females. He was exposed as a man named Boyd Burton following his decisive and brutal wins in both matches, which were stopped for first round TKOs, and after raising red flags due to his overall male body physique and the late, middle-aged start to his competitive career in women’s sports. Ultimately the MMA decided not to sanction Fox for fraud, and opted instead to license him. They essentially adopted, like many other sports governing boards such as the NCAA, IAAF, CBS, LPGA, among others, a version of the IOC guidelines for transgender athletes which were developed a decade ago.
In 2004 the International Olympic Committee determined that athletes could compete as the opposite sex two years after undergoing gonadectomy and claiming to replace their natural hormones with opposite-sex hormones. This was a male rights initiative. No female has ever qualified for an elite male competition as a result of undergoing hysterectomy (even if she doped afterward with testosterone treatments). Ever. But plenty of males who had previously failed to compete among other males now qualified for female sports at an elite level after castration and/or cross-sex hormone ingestion.
Lana Lawless, a 58-year-old man, launched a late-in-life career in women’s professional golf, and immediately became the World Champion in Women’s Long Drive competition. One observer remarked: “Guess what Lawless’ distance was at the 2008 Long Drive Championship? Three hundred thirty five yards. That’s nearly 100 yards longer than Paula Creamer’s average. And Lawless complained that taking the hormones had caused her to become weaker. How far did she hit when she was a he? Apparently not long enough to beat the men.
Ms. Lawless has already proven that the Olympic committee is wrong. She has proven with her Long Drive participation that no matter how many hormones she takes, she still is going to have—by birth—more upper body muscle and upper body strength than even the longest hitting women. Even European Tour player Laura Davies doesn’t hit a golf ball 335 yards.”
Robert “Gabrielle” Ludwig, 52, a wealthy 6 foot 6 inch tall Silicon Valley programmer, launched a late-in-life career in women’s basketball at a Junior College. Not only was Ludwig granted a spot based on the old IOC guidelines, but the two-year play-time limit was waived because his transgendering was deemed to somehow erase his past years as a college player. He became “the leading scorer and rebounder, and this team is somewhat built around [him],” says the women’s team coach.
Michelle Dumaresq began his women’s downhill cycling career by entering the Bear Mountain event in the “novice” category six years after he transgendered. He not only won the race, but his finish time beat all the women in the elite professional categories by 2.5 seconds. He went on to become the Canadian National Women’s Champion in 2003, 2004, and 2006, after which he retired.
There are many other examples of males who, like Fallon Fox, leverage their male physiology (well after undergoing a “hormonal shift” as part of their transgender medical regime) in order to compete at an elite level in female sports that they failed to qualify in as males. And there are zero “opposite” success stories for female athletes who transgender. Ever. Hormones do not allow female transgenders to compete at an elite male level, because hormones do not change basic physiology. Defining “sex” according to hormone balance in sports is a male rights initiative that does not benefit female athletes in any way: including those females who transgender.
At the same time that the 2004 IOC guidelines allowed male transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports based on their artificial hormone levels, the IOC continued to conduct invasive sex-based investigations on actual female athletes and intersex individuals competing in female sports, such as Caster Semenya (who reportedly had internal testes and partial AIS (Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome), and Santhi Soundarajan (also reportedly with the same condition).
Unlike male athletes, including those males competing in female sports by virtue of transgenderism, these female and intersex athletes were being tested for naturally occurring hormone levels. Finally, in 2011, the IOC adopted the transgender male guidelines for actual female athletes: absence of testosterone makes a woman. Specifically, decreased testosterone levels of two years duration. The problem with this medical premise is that some women, like some men, naturally produce higher than average testosterone levels, in the same way that some athletes naturally produce higher than average levels of growth hormone or any other variable. There are no guidelines or upper threshold for naturally-occurring testosterone levels in male athletes. But to be female is now defined by low naturally-occurring testosterone levels, according to the IOC and all the worldwide sporting commissions that adopt IOC guidelines. In order for females who produce higher than average testosterone levels to compete, they must now undergo what is essentially a transgender medical procedure. They must medically reduce their natural hormone production by undergoing surgical procedures and/or artificial hormone medical regimes in order for the female athletes to “become women”.
The sole reason for these guidelines appears to be to justify supporting the “rights” of men like Fallon Fox, who are unambiguously male, having fathered children, having lived for over 30 years in a male body, with male bone structure and density, male ligature and lung size and musculature and in every other way, to participate in women’s sports. Men like Lana Lawless. Again, if hormones confer “sex”: where are the 58 year old women launching late-in-life careers in men’s sports after injecting testosterone? Where are the “female-to-male” transgender athletes battering MMA fighter Cain Velasquez with an orbital fracture after a hysterectomy and a few years of hormones? We have now seen how a decade of these policies have played out, and it is not to the benefit of female athletes.
The brutal injuries inflicted on Tamikka Brents by Fallon Fox shine a stark light on the project of defining women as “people of any sex who display a low level of testosterone”. These hormone standards, designed to promote transgender male participation in female sports, actually endanger female athletes, and now prevent top female athletes from competing.
This week 18 year-old Indian sprinter Dutee Chand announced that she has decided to refuse the mandatory “transgender” medical treatments designed to bring her hormones into range with male transgenders, and plans to sue the International Association of Athletics Foundation over these guidelines. From the Indian Express:
“Sprinter Dutee Chand, who had tested for excess androgen that made her ineligible to compete in the women’s category, has refused to undergo hormone therapy or any surgical intervention, saying she always competed the way she was and would not like to change that.
“I won’t undergo surgery or any other procedure. At every level of my life — junior, sub-junior or Under-20 — I have competed the way I am. I’ve been told the hormonal issue with me is natural so that’s why we have decided this,” Dutee told The Indian Express.
Backing Dutee, who is the 100m junior national champion, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is in the process of consulting lawyers ahead of filing a motion in the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The motion will try and get overturned the 2011 guidelines of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that regulate the eligibility of women with hyper androgenism by advising them hormone therapy and, in some cases, surgery. South African Olympic medallist Caster Semenya too had to undergo treatment before she was allowed to compete again.