Oberlin College reportedly is considering mandatory transgender sensitivity training for its athletic departments:
Oberlin College is considering a set of rules in the athletics department which would include mandatory transgender sensitivity training for all of its staff and coaches.
The “Guidelines for Inclusion and Respectful Treatment of Intercollegiate Transgender Student Athletes” was developed for the college by the school’s Transgender Participation Advisory Committee, Campus Reform reported.
Oberlin is a small school. How many transgender students can possibly be participating in athletics there? One? Two? Zero?
“It is basically intended to sort of be a 101,” Emily Clarke, a junior and member of the committee, told Campus Reform. “We also talk about choice, privilege and agency in presentation of gender and pronouns and ends with trans-allyship dos and don’ts. It’s basically like, don’t question people about their transitioning processes, respect pronouns and names, don’t use ‘ladies’ or ‘gentlemen’ when addressing a group of people.”
Such initiatives seem to consist largely of trying to control other people’s speech. This strikes me as completely bizarre:
Besides training, the new policy would also require that the athletic department documents replace “FTM” (female-to-male) and “MTF” (male-to-female) with “a transgender student-athlete who was designated a female at birth and is/is not taking medically prescribed hormone replacement therapy related to gender transition” and “a transgender student-athlete who was designated a male at birth and is/is not taking medically prescribed hormone replacement therapy related to gender transition,” Campus Forum reported.
I love that: a “transgender student-athlete who was designated a male at birth.” Designated! What do you suppose was the nurses’ first clue?
Frankly, this is the first time I have heard anything about Oberlin athletics in quite a while. So I looked up the Yeomen’s recent records in football and basketball. (I didn’t know their teams were called the “Yeomen,” either. I’m surprised they can still get away with that.) Last fall, the football Yeomen went 3-7, losing to such powers as Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. The men’s basketball team went 7-19, losing to Allegheny and Hiram, among many others. So Oberlin is not exactly an athletic juggernaut. Who knows, maybe the coaches will sit still for this nonsense. I doubt that the transgender movement would have the same success at Ohio State.
To be fair, though, one can see how Oberlin could suffer from gender confusion, given that its only graduate with a reputation for having balls is Michelle Malkin.