Title IX in 1972 allowed women to have an equal opportunity to participate in sports.
George Poage was the first black man to compete and win medals in the Olympics in 1904.
Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967.
These people are only a generation or two separated from me. My mother and aunt could not play high school sports. Not officially. It just wasn't an option. I had that option. I played high school and collegiate sports. The first woman on my maternal side to do so.
Our current topic is trans-athletes. In a society that attempts to set clear binary standards where do they fit in? That part is easy. Erase the binary, and everyone fits in. How does this happen for sports? I don't know yet. I honestly don't think anyone knows yet. Our world evolved so fast when technology wound up in our hands that dated, binary systems couldn't keep up. People are so mad over this.
Them: "This is the way it's always been!"
Response: "Things change."
A few things you should know. Sex is the genitalia you were born with. Gender is the category you were placed in once someone looked at your genitalia. It is how societies place you into a neat box. The problem is the human experience doesn't fit into neat boxes. Our bodies are how we speak to the world. We can cover it or show it off. Tattoo it up or keep it unmarked. Cut our hair or grow it long. Some people have plastic surgery to enhance or take away features.
When it comes to the topic of trans athletes in sport we just aren't there yet. Maybe a new category needs to be developed with new guidelines. This costs money and support. I do not have the answer, but I think about it a lot. Because it feels like no one gives this any honest thought. All you see on social media are insecure people talking about a topic they know nothing about because it means they would have to take the time to understand what is happening on a biological, mental, and emotional level.
Change is happening. If you don't want to contribute to a solution then your opinion on the matter holds no weight. This is not a yes or no solution. It's as non-binary as it comes.
Thoughts on Vacation Coffee
The world is brighter, the moments sweeter, and the coffee bolder while on vacation. Vacation coffee is the slowness of the morning before the world wakes up. It is the smell of your favorite roast and the rustling of crisp pages turning in a book.