In a February 20th post, Emoticon debate, I wrote about the differences between rational and emotional arguments, defining the latter as “appeal[ing] to deeply held moral intuitions.”
I went on to take “a … look at … the benefits of individual responsibility and a peek at the biological basis for moral intuitions of fairness.”
Intuitions about fairness are among our most fundamental.
“This deeply held moral intuition starts with biology and spreads to culturally enforced norms. It is not, as postmodernists would have it, solely about dominance and submission carving us into identity groups. The idea that power is everything informs much of the Left’s claims that they’re compassionate…”
Compassion for transgender males trumps compassion for feminism. That’s about the relative power of identity groups, and explains the TERF war.
These boys set state records in a girls competition. That’s about the inherent biological power advantage of their legs.
Where’s a big, fat asterisk when you need one?
Where’s Title IX when you need it?
One of their competitors, Selina Soule, says the issue is about fairness on the track with wider implications. The Glastonbury High School junior finished eighth in the 55, missing out on qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots.
Soule believes that had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would be on her way to race in Boston in front of more college coaches.
If there was ever a winning combination of rational, science-based argument and primal emotional appeal, it would be that transgender males should be excluded from physical competition with females.
Yet that powerful combination has apparently lost the debate to irrationality combined with a Newspeak perception of fairness that is opposite to our basic instincts.
Could he have imagined this, Kurt Vonnegut would surely have written a section in Harrison Bergeron, where these males competing as females had 50 pound weights chained to their ankles to make it “fair.” But the idea was too absurd even for the author of Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons.