Soy Boy: ‘Slang used to describe males who completely and utterly lack all necessary masculine qualities. This pathetic state is usually achieved by an over-indulgence of emasculating products and/or ideologies. The origin of the term derives from the negative effects soy consumption has been proven to have on the male physique and libido. The average soy boy is a feminist, nonathletic, has never been in a fight, will probably marry the first girl that has sex with him, and likely reduces all his arguments to labeling the opposition as “Nazis”.’ – Urban Dictionary. Why am I writing about Soy Boys? Because, annoyingly, they are appearing everywhere and even those individuals that may not be Soy Boys, are mimicking their attributes for some weird reason. Soy Boys can usually be identified on the internet by one common attribute, wide open, gaping mouths accompanied by an incredulous expression.
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.