Men punching women – New USA Boxing policy allows biological males to compete against females

New “Transgender Policy” from Olympic boxing organization summed up by incensed social media users: “They’re going to let men punch women.”

The slippery slope remained undefeated in dragging ideologues down to the lowest possible outcome, and for USA Boxing that reality was set to begin with the new year after new rules were released Friday. Applying to amateur boxers over the age of 18, the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing in the country, overseen by the U.S. Olympic Committee and World Boxing, approved men who’ve undergone genital mutilation and hormone treatments to fight against women.

In a post with the hashtag “ISaidWhatISaid,” former International Boxing Federation Bantamweight Champion Ebanie Bridges boiled down how claims that men competing against women didn’t hurt anyone had readily devolved to participation in sports “where the aim is to HURT YOU.”

“This is wrong on so many levels. I will never agree to this… it’s bad enough having trans women breaking records in other sports like track and field, swimming and power lifting but it’s a bit different to them breaking our skulls in combat sports where the aim is to HURT YOU not just break a record…,” wrote Bridges on X, “however I think it’s wrong in ALL SPORT… I have nothing against trans but you can’t be skewing the line in sport…. You don’t see reference or debates for transmen in sport… [because] it’s not a threat… It ain’t just about the test levels what about their bone density and a heap of other biological factors. Cutting [your] bits off and adding boobs won’t take back the masculine maturity your body has gone [through] before you decided [you] are now a woman.”

According to the policy, men wishing to compete against women were required to have had “completed gender reassignment surgery” and to provide documentation that testosterone levels had remained “below 5 nmol/L” for no less than four years prior to the first competition.

In support of their policy, they cited studies from Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine which had previously been found to be promoting expansion of irreversible procedures on adults and minors alike.

As had been witnessed when Fallon Fox had been permitted to fight in an MMA bout against Tamikka Brents in 2014 that resulted in her TKO loss coming complete with a concussion, staples in her head and a broken orbital bone, the dangers of allowing men, even with hormone injections, to fight women were serious.

Following release of the new policy, outrage wasn’t limited to fighters as activist and former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines was among the voices of reason calling attention to further dangers bound to stem from deeming men “brave” for this behavior.

“Do you understand what this means?” she asked and answered. “Men will be GLORIFIED for beating up on women. Not only glorified, they will be deemed ‘brave’ for such actions. Slippery, slippery slope.”

Kevin Haggerty

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