We hope her story will call further attention to CrossFit’s oversight and educate the community so that a more equitable policy will be put in place.
When Chloie Jönsson’s story
broke, it spread like wildfire through our office. I work at a performance underwear start-up called Dear Kate
, and since we’re all interested in both CrossFit and feminism, this got our attention.
Chloie is the female transgender athlete who was barred from competing as a woman in the CrossFit Games via an insulting letter from the CrossFit Headquarters:
“We have simply ruled that based upon [Chloie] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men’s Division. … The fundamental, ineluctable fact is that a male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic makeup that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women. … Our decision has nothing to do with “ignorance” or being bigots — it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school.”
We were shocked. If Chloie identifies as a woman, and is legally recognized as a woman, this response seems unjust.
But… did she have an advantage over other women? Having had very limited experience with transgender issues, we did a little digging. What we found was overwhelmingly clear.
CrossFit HQ was essentially saying, “But if she was born a man, she MUST still have some of the physical strength advantages of being a man.”
I can see the horizon, so the world MUST be flat.
Frankly that is just not true.
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