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The Queen of Swords

Like many others, I've been following the story of transgendered female MMA fighter Fallon "The Queen of Swords" Fox with avid interest. There's been a lot of debate and I wanted to weigh in with my own personal thoughts on the matter.

If she's had the surgery and ongoing hormone therapy for more than two years (she has) then it seems like any "masculine" advantage would be cancelled out, wouldn't it? After all, isn't testosterone what makes a man who weights 144 lbs stronger than a woman at the same weight? I certainly don't think a match between Fox and a person with a system full of testosterone (natural or artificial) would be a fair fight. Put her in a match against fellow featherweight Cristiane Cyborg Santos and she'd probably lose. Why? Because she has less testosterone in her system than the steroid-enhanced Cyborg.

Sadly, I think actual science has very little to do with most people's reactions to Fox. I also think that it would be very easy for sour grapes opponents to claim that they lost because Fox is transgendered and not because she trains harder or because she's a better fighter. And I can't help but wonder what people's reactions would be to a transgendered male fighter.

I don't know about you, but I'm in Fallon Fox's corner. I say, let her fight!

What do you think?



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 8th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
I see your argument
and totally agree. Let her fight. The science behind all the arguments to keep her from fighting doesn't hold water. As you proved, the opposite is true.
Mar. 8th, 2013 06:54 am (UTC)
Rock on, Fallon Fox!
Mar. 9th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
She might have a better bone structure to put muscle on for years of testosterone "doping" but ... so what? Let her fight.
I do not foresee sexual reassignment becoming the blood doping of the next decade.
-Tommy Salami
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