Equal opportunity for girls in high school sports strips boys of their humanity, says Hartford Courant opinion editor Carolyn Lumsden, in a Sunday Editorial titled ‘Humanity At Cromwell High’
Humanity is reserved for boys, not girls, and acceptance of this notion is what female student athletes need to do in the case of Andraya Yearwood, a fifteen year old boy who prefers to win against girls than compete against other males on an even playing field.
Lumsden goes on to define separate but equal sports teams for boys and girls as a form of sex-based segregation comparable to racial segregation and the history of exclusion of disabled students from equal access prior to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What matters is not that female students have a right to compete, but that the feelings of male students are much more important. Prioritizing male feelings over opportunities for women and girls is the definition of a humane society, Lumsden writes.