From the Daily Mail, a useful reality check:
Australian women soccer team Matildas played Newcastle Jets u/15 boys
The match played in Newcastle saw the Matildas thrashed 7-0 by the boys
Matildas were without their international stars but still had plenty of talent
The girls play New Zealand in a friendly next month in preparation for Rio
By CAMERON PHELPS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 23:49 EST, 25 May 2016 |
Australia’s national women’s soccer team have suffered a devastating defeat in the lead up to the Rio Olympics – going down 7-0 to the Newcastle Jets under-15 boys side.
What is particularly concerning for the Matildas is that despite resting some regulars, they were still able to field experienced international stars including former AFC player of the year Katrina Gorry.
Despite the embarrassing defeat on Wednesday night at Valentine Sports Park in Newcastle, the Australian team will travel to Brazil as one of the gold medal favourites. …
Egmond said that the Matildas are often forced to play against boys teams as trying to find quality female opposition can be difficult.
It may not be the first time that the Australian team have suffered a heavy defeat against school boys with claims that they were ‘smashed’ by an under 16 Sydney FC team last year circulating. …
In the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the team reached the quarter finals, losing to eventual winners Japan.
Back in 1976, I was a big track and field fan because Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, CA had a league champion track team. Later that summer, I looked at times of the U.S. women’s Olympic track team in Montreal and calculated that, adjusting for yards vs. meters differences and the like, a dual meet between the American Olympic women team and the Notre Dame HS boys team would be a close run thing, with a narrow victory for the Olympic women’s team being my best guess. Granted, the 1976 East German women’s team would beat my high school’s boy’s team …
In 1984 and 1988, US women’s Olympic performances improved, so that was taken as proving that discrimination and society’s expectations etc etc had been what was holding women back in 1976. But then the IOC introduced less credulous steroids testing in 1989 and …
In other words, the basic lesson taught by decades of high level women’s sports is that Biochemistry Rules.
Thus, women need Separate but Equal sports.
The world has responded by erecting at vast expense a separate playground for women to compete only against other women.
But ideological momentum threatens women’s sports’ fundamental building block of discrimination against non-women. An early wave of Transmania thrust “Renee” Richards into women’s tennis in the 1970s.
Now, though, it’s back because Discrimination Is Bad, and that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know:
“… it is very possible we could have an all-intersex podium in the 800m in Rio, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see as many as five intersex women in the eight-person final,” she said.
From the Daily Mail:
Two British athletes born male set to compete as women in Olympics
The unnamed pair would make history as first transgender Olympians