A fairytale about rugby and The Wokesters
Once upon a time a very special place called “Childhood” was inhabited by people called boys and girls. The people of Childhood played a lot. Sometimes they played together and sometimes the boys played only with boys. Sometimes girls played only with girls. In this place called Childhood, girls and boys knew that they were different from each other.
Their bodies weren’t the same nor were their interests. They all learned a nursery rhyme when they were very young.
What are little boys made of? What are little boys made of? Frogs and snails, And puppy-dogs' tails; That's what little boys are made of. What are little girls made of? What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, And all that's nice; That's what little girls are made of.
As they grew older, many of the boys and girls played on teams. The girls had their teams as did the boys. As they grew into men and women, men and women married and raised their own girls and boys.
Now because of The Wokesters, that very special place called Childhood no longer exists. The Wokesters have told boys and girls that men can marry men and women can marry women. The Wokesters have told boys and girls that if a boy really wants to become a girl, then he is a girl. The Wokesters have invented special “politically correct” language to describe girls who want to be boys and vice versa.
By using this special politically correct language, The Wokesters now foster games where boys play against girls even where the games are rough, and the girls get hurt because the boys who play against them are bigger and stronger.
The Wokesters are assisted by grownups who knew about “dogs and snails and puppy dog tails” but now find it easier to adopt the special politically correct language of The Wokesters instead of protecting that very special place called Childhood. The Wokesters have very skillfully promoted their narrative and provided disincentives for people who don’t go along with it.
Rugby is a rough and tumble game, which up until recently was for boys and men. Girls and women now play rugby, too. Girls and women have their leagues and boys and men do, too. Allowing a boy to play in a rugby game against girls is not only anticompetitive but puts the girls in danger. This is not something that is unknown to anyone who understands rugby and who understands the differences between boys and girls.
If a boy took the field in a girls’ rugby match, wouldn’t the coach of the all-girl team or the referee call a halt to the game in order to prevent injury? Wouldn’t the rugby league officials immediately sanction the offending coach? Wouldn’t everyone who would protect the very special place called Childhood speak out?
Because of The Wokesters and their outsized influence and power, the answer to all of these questions is “no.”
The Wokesters have apparently persuaded coaches and league officials that the application of the politically correct terminology and the protection of The Wokesters’ narrative is more important than the safety of girls or the competitiveness of the game.
The fairytale of the very special place called Childhood came to an abrupt end on Guam on April 9 when Guam High fielded a boy against Tiyan High in a girls’ rugby league game. Three girls were injured.
Patrick Lujan of GSPN reported on April 10: “One parent said the transgender athlete was ‘smashing the girls’ and called it ‘an oddity seeing him on the field’ as the athlete was clearly physically taller and bigger than the rest of the girls on the field.”
Tiyan Coach Kerber spoke out in the appropriately politically correct language. “I believe that we all should have the utmost respect for the life-identity choices that are made by any person and embrace those choices. However, I must take a firmer stance on defending the safety of our youth athletes when those choices impede upon the physical well-being of others,” GSPN quoted him as saying.
Everything that happened on April 9 could be dealt with in terms of “boys” and “girls” except that The Wokesters” have added politically correct language that changes everything: TRANSGENDER.
Bob Klitzkie is a former senator and Superior Court of Guam judge pro tem. He hosts the talk show, “Tall Tales,” on KUSG-FM (93.3 FM) weekday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.