In yet more evidence of the kind of codswallop you have to buy into to be an ally of the LGBT movement these days, Outsports came out with a piece last week celebrating MMA fighter Fallon Fox as the “bravest athlete in history.”
Fox is a biological male who came out in 2013 as a transgender fighter who competes in the female divisions of the sport. He is best known for inflicting serious injuries on the women he’s competed against, none of whom knew they were getting into the ring with a man. To their credit (we guess?), Outsports doesn’t shy away from that controversial history, although they go out of their way to downplay it as your typical transphobic bigotry.
One of the lasting moments from Fox’s career is a fight that has been twisted by anti-trans forces to paint her as a criminal assailant. During her fight against Tamikka Brents, Brents suffered a broken orbital and a concussion. Broken bones and concussions are not uncommon in MMA.
The people looking to ban trans women from women’s sports quickly twisted that into the misleading headline: Transgender MMA Fighter Breaks Skull of Her Female Opponent. The crux of their campaign is to build an aura of rarity around the fight and point to Fox being trans as the reason for the outcome.
“This happens all the time,” Fox said. “I’m not the first female MMA fighter who’s broken another fighter’s bones or caused a large amount of stitches or a concussion or any combination of those. And people will of course, because I’m trans, hold it up as this devastating thing that couldn’t possibly happen if I weren’t trans. But there are many different examples of similar things happening.”
Ah, well that’s easy to say when getting people to buy into your delusion is the most important thing in the world, but why don’t we hear what Brents had to say about the fight…
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night,” said Fox’s unfortunate victim. “I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right… I still disagree with Fox fighting. Any other job or career I say have a go at it, but when it comes to a combat sport I think it just isn’t fair.”
Oh no, Tamikka. You’re such a bigot to not want to get into a combat ring and take on a man. Don’t you know that there’s literally no difference between an actual woman and a man who simply says he’s a woman? How can you be such a hateful oppressor? We’re talking about the bravest athlete EVER, Tamikka!
It’s been pretty wild to see people who used to claim the mantle of feminism turn 180 degrees to support these men encroaching on their hard-won territory. But in the always-expanding Oppression Olympics, you stay alive by ignoring the things that simply make no sense whatsoever – no matter what (or who) they destroy.