As the transgender debate rolls on and society comes to grips with the concept that men can be women and women can be men, and everything in between, the world of sports has also had to adjust to these new social norms. As a result, transgender men are increasingly featuring in all manner of competitive sports traditionally associated with people genetically disposed as women, up to and including the Olympics. Now the Olympics is the pinnacle of world sporting events, so lately there’s been an extra level of scrutiny and science applied when it comes to women who were traditionally men and wishing to enter the various competitions. However, that’s not the case with many other sporting events at lower levels of competition, so things can get a little difficult when it comes to sorting the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. This has caused some consternation.
Nary a day passes by when we don’t hear from someone offended by something or another and making a song and dance about it so that the whole world is aware of their plight. But before I go on, let me first go back a bit and start with some history. Many centuries ago, in the Roman Empire, most cities had a place that was called the forum. The forum was, in the first instance, a marketplace but it also served as a gathering place where diverse activities including political discussions, debates, meetings and the like could be conducted; it was a place where your voice could be heard. What you discussed was up to you and how you fared depended on how well you crafted your arguments and debated challengers. The remnants of those magnificent forums still remain.