At 5 ft. 3 in., “Muggsy” Bogues had an unusual career in the NBA. Currently, the average NBA player is 6 ft. 5 in. Is it fair for two people to compete just because they’re both men, or do we need to consider other factors? Unaltered photo “Larry Johnson-Muggsy Bogues-Alonzo Mourning” by James Robert Smith on Flickr.

In the debate over whether trans women should be allowed to participate in women’s sports, people are asking the wrong question. Why do most sports competitions still only have two categories labeled “men” and “women”? The system was never more than a crude attempt at a level playing field. It’s usually not fair for a 5 ft. 4 in. cisgender man weighing 120 pounds to compete with a 6 ft. 5 in. cisgender man weighing 270 pounds. In boxing and wrestling, this has been acknowledged with weight categories. There have always been cisgender female athletes who felt better matched with…

“Legalize Love / March to Loring Park” by Tony Webster. Although that was a slogan for the “marriage equality” campaign, equality would have been better served by asking for delegalizing marriage.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who claimed her religious convictions prevented her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking their right to marry under Obergefell v. Hodges. Justice Clarence Thomas used the occasion to criticize the Court’s earlier ruling in Obergefell that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry: “By choosing to privilege a novel constitutional right over the religious liberty interests explicitly protected in the First Amendment, and by doing so undemocratically, the court has created a problem that only it can fix.”

Every wedding…

The 115th Congress freshman class. The U.S. has only closed 16.4% of the political empowerment gap between genders. Photo by Fred Schilling, U.S. House of Representatives / Public Domain.

Last year in Thailand, the 67-year-old king appointed 34-year-old Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi to be the first royal consort since the 1920s. This made her an official companion to the king but junior to the queen. A nurse, pilot, and general, Sineenat was depicted in palace photographs as a fantastical figure: simultaneously accomplished, alluring, and subservient. In one photograph, she is ready to fly a helicopter in full make-up and a camouflage sports bra; in others she is in traditional dress prostrate or kneeling at the king’s feet. Three months later, the king stripped her of all titles. …

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