• beckyE posted a new activity comment 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’m not sure there’s so much difference between trans and intersex. A trans person is going to have taken a lot of artificial hormones, maybe for a long time, so they’re going to be as untypically male as they are female (whichever way they transition), much like an intersex person.

    As a monist (in the mind-body sense) I would view trans people as having an intersex condition affecting the brain; and the same with homosexuality – a bit controversial, but logical IMO. Once a trans person has taken a load of hormones I don’t see how they can compete “on a level playing field” with either sex.

    I think the thorny issue is a broad one: like every single other biological category, the boundaries of male and female are blurred. Competitive sport is a context in which the boundary has…[Read more]

  • beckyE posted a new activity comment 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    If female “women’s” sport is for individuals assigned female at birth and who identify as female then caster should be allowed to compete.

    If however female sport is for people with testosterone at a certain level then caster shouldn’t be able to compete, and not would potentially many other females depending on where the limit is set…..

    ….But those testosterone rules open the door for male-female trans runners and weightlifters who have the full benefit of male puberty and sometimes years training as an adult male etc. Were it not for a horrific injury last year’s commonwealth gold in the 90+kg women’s category would have gone to a 40 year old male who, I think, only transitioned in her late 30s.

    Sharron Davies has stepped in on both of these recent stories (caster and…[Read more]

    • The danger for athletics is that it goes the same way as cycling, with PEDs being condoned up to a certain level. Caster now has to reduce her testosterone to a certain level; does that mean that other female athletes will be allowed to increase their testosterone to that level, in order to ensure they are on the playing field as defined by the IAAF? dont forget most of the peloton in the tdf are supposedly asthmatic, as the only test is that levels of the asthma drugs they take must be below a certain level, and non asthmatics also benefit from the effects of the drug.

      As others hsve said, this is elite world level sport, and anyone in the olympic final of an athletic event is a performance outlier. They are the best 8 in the world in Semanya’s event. Yes, she’s a genetic…[Read more]

  • That’s what I though too. In fact, I’m sure that was part of her lawyers’ argument – that she was born, brought up and identifies as female.

    I really hate this case, because I can’t see a “fair” solution. CS is an incredible athlete, but it does seem that she has a genetic advantage over other women that means competition against her is less than fair. And yet banning her from competing or making her take hormone surprising drugs doesn’t seem fair either. I honestly don’t know what I think is the right judgement. Maybe, as others have said, different categories?

  • I would say Eglantyne Jebb and Cicely Saunders changed the world.

  • beckyE replied to the topic Smashing things up in the forum General Banter 1 year, 6 months ago

    I read on FB that they actually damaged the car so badly they wrote it off. What is wrong with people, the NHS are struggling with resources enough, now a car that could potentially save someones life is gone. I hope they get fined!

    We actually also had an interesting debate at work, a domestic abuse charity has said they dread these sorts of competitions as statistics show there is always a rise in domestic violence at these times.

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    England 6 Panama 1! I quite enjoyed yesterday’s game, obviously having stuffed possibly the weakest team in the competition (I’m not sure just how bad Saudi Arabia are), I can confidently say we are going to win the World Cup!

    Seriously though, great to see a young team playing with confidence and plenty of ability. Lingard’s goal was wonderful. Stones first goal was the first England goal by a Manchester City player in about 35 years apparently, which says a lot about Stirling’s contribution to England.

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    Argentina 0 – Croatia 3

    The end of an era? Argentina were terrible. Lethargic, sloppy, lacking imagination, unable to string two passes together, crosses going clear over the head of everyone. Messi was peripheral, and infected by the same sloppiness as the rest of them.

    It will take a miracle for them to get out of the group now, so we are probably looking at the final international games in the career of one of the greatest players ever. A sad end, the brilliance of his Barcelona performances never replicated on the biggest stages of all.

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    I thought they were quite skillful and composed. They maybe lacked a bit of guile. They need to sharpen up the finishing a bit and maybe a little more luck with some of the refereeing decisions.

  • beckyE posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    What is strange is how stubborn he is.

    His best team was great, but it was hard. Even the flare players like Bergkamp and Henry had that bit of Devil in them. But their Spine was hard, they went out and won the fight then won the game with great soccer.

    For the last decade there has been no spine, no good keeper, no hard center half, no dominant midfielder.. just countless small flare players.

    I think he’s got to go. He had great teams but its been almost 15 years since they were a genuine force.

    • The money players earn is often cited, sometimes lazily, as a reason why that fight or spirit has been lost. Back in the day when your profile dictated earnings, a stellar cup run or a winning team was the zenith upon which you got known and got to dictate somewhat, your worth.

      Now even very average players have image rights, boot deals and endorsements on top of fantastic wages, without some of them really having to prove too much.

      I’m not suggesting a regression to the pre Jimmy Hill days, and fair play to those on the sort of money which means they’re set for life, but when mediocre equals millions there isn’t, as far as I can see, the incentive to be the best.

  • Seems I have been very lucky then as I wouldn’t let any man into my life who wanted to ‘guide’ me or patronise me! As you said, it takes all sorts but I’ve never actually heard any woman describe herself as ‘dependent’ or ‘in need of manly guidance’. It will be interesting to see if anyone who identifies as such makes a contribution to this thread as I’d love to hear their point of view.

  • @connie Of course I’m not trolling. You know perfectly well he doesn’t beat his wife and nor does he think women should spend their lives in the kitchen. He was employing things called “irony” and “black humour” which the wilfully offended and downright stupid choose not to have noticed.

    Not a great joke and pretty dumb of him to have done it on twitter but then again he’s a footballer ((not, of course, that,unlike you, I wish to offend footballers whom I am sure are generally wonderful and very intelligent human beings).

  • beckyE replied to the topic Tired legs? in the forum Health 2 years ago

    To recover from a cold you need to rest. Difficult with our busy lifestyles but essential, and more so as you get older.
    Get some easy food in, turn off your phone, arrange for a friend to do the horse.
    Get up late, read a book, have a nap, keep warm, go to bed early.
    Get up next day, feeling great. If not, repeat.

  • beckyE replied to the topic The President's Club Dinner in the forum General Banter 2 years ago

    I’d guess they were expecting to work in a safe environment, with clear boundaries about what was acceptable. There is a big difference between being expected to be leered while wearing skimpy clothes and paid for that, and being assaulted. If you go to strip bar it is very clear what the rules are and also clear what the bulky characters in cheap suits would do if they were broken.

  • “Storm in a teacup” doesn’t come close to covering the over-hyping of this non-story.

  • beckyE replied to the topic Milk causing early puberty? in the forum Health 2 years ago

    I don’t think it’s just because of this. Look at the amount of women on the pill- surely that’s got to have an effect, then there’s soya which can mimic hormones (if you believe some research) and other chemicals we are consuming/have around us. It can’t be good for us in any way, shape or form. Sadly we have very little control over it.

  • beckyE replied to the topic How to treat ball of foot pain? in the forum Health 2 years ago

    Have you scared yourself by looking online yet? e.g http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/foot-heel-pain

  • I wonder if it’s to do with the support level. Asics are quite supportive through the arch – I wear them as my feet are quite flat. Maybe the support is too much for you? And then possible sizing issues with some of the others?

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  • beckyE started the topic Mourinho in the forum General Banter 2 years ago

    Should he stay or should he go?
    Personally I would like him to go and Sean Dyche replace him.

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