There are the favoured groups that receive kid-glove treatment, there are the career choices that are praised for taking women into unchartered territory, and there is reality. Recently, all three collided to the detriment of female mixed-martial arts competitor Tamikka Brents:
In a post-fight interview this week, she told Whoa TV that "I've never felt so overpowered ever in my life."
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because [he] was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. ”
His “grip was different,” she added. “I could usually move around in the clinch against...females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”
Ms. Brents had the trauma of fighting Fallon Fox and didn't last three minutes. Fox who was transgendered in 2006 now pretends to be a woman. But he's not, and now the league is wondering how to proceed when anyone can say "I'm a woman, and I want to fight." One way to draw a line, they think, is to consider the time of transgendering (before or after puberty) but no matter what, there are certain realities to deal with:
[L]ast year, UFC announcer Joe Rogan made his opinion unambiguously and graphically clear, saying on his podcast that a transgendered man would "have all the bone structure that comes with” being a man. “You have bigger hands, you have bigger shoulder joints."
Speaking to LifeSiteNews, military veteran Jeff Nader, who has fought for UFC competitor Bellator, said that “Fallon Fox has had the benefits of being a man for most of his life. [He has] bone density, muscle mass, and other physical benefits that one gets from being a man. You can't have that, and then make a minor adjustment -- basically, a cosmetic adjustment -- and suddenly claim to be a woman."
"Nothing can take away from the fact that you are physically a man. Mentally and emotionally, who knows -- but physically, he's a man."
While the MMA community deals with this challenge, I would like to turn our attention to warfare, where no such rules exist. We cannot choose whom we fight, nor establish parameters within battles. To put women in theatres where they very well may encounter hand-to-hand combat with men is to set them up for failure -- even death. And those who depend on them (men and women) may also die because bone density and muscle mass matter. Saying that we live in a push-button world is a fantasy, because war is chaos and depends on brute strength at various -- unscheduled -- moments.
In an interview with "Inside MMA," Fallon said that "I don’t believe that a transgender fighter should have to disclose her personal medical history to other female fighters before they fight. It’s simply for the reason the medical community and the scientific community have come to the consensus that post-operative transsexual fighters who have been on hormone-replacement therapy and testosterone suppression, when they’re going from male to female, haven’t been found to have any physiological advantages over other women.”
Fox also said that some women who don't want to fight him may choose that path because they "might be a hate-filled person" or "have a bias." He said that "I don't want to fight those people, anyways, because they're scared.” He wants to fight someone who will fight "aggressively."
Having swallowed more than his share of lies throughout his life, he concludes that anyone opposes his charade is a hater or a coward (while skipping over the fact that he would find lots of aggression if he chose to fight men!)
While I don't expect to find rocket surgeons within the MMA ranks, this reveals quite a bit about his lack of self-awareness or his ability to process the concerns of others. What a shame that so many people have failed him along the way -- but perhaps the MMA authorities will remind him that natural law has some boundaries that cannot be ignored.