“LGBT activists are divided on the issue of transsexuality”

FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE – Facing French Céline Provost, transgender MMA athlete Alana McLaughlin won her first victory since her gender change. This success exposes some of the most fundamental contradictions of LGBT ideology, says Sami Biasoni.

Sami Biasoni holds a doctorate in philosophy from the École normale supérieure, lecturer at ESSEC, co-author (with A.-S. Nogaret) of the essay “French despite them”. In 2022, he will publish “The statistically correct” by Éditions du Cerf.


Since his victory at 2nd round on the French Céline Provost, the MMA fighter (Mixed Martial Arts) Alana McLaughlin is the subject of heated controversy. Her fault: to have been a man in the past, and moreover a soldier in the American special forces, before having undertaken a transitional protocol a few years ago to become a transsexual woman. By the athlete’s own admission, it was very hard to find a female opponent willing to engage in a fight with her, due to her profile and the physical “advantage” her previous condition could give her. confer. In the aftermath the swift and brutal outcome of the fight – which ended in a victory by “submission” although the clash was disputed in the first round – would tend to confirm the feared superiority of the athlete over his opponent. Not long ago, it was Laurel Hubbard, another transsexual athlete who was the victim of strong criticism in the weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics, accused again of having a physical asset making the competition ” unfair “, Or even perfectly” distorted According to its most vehement detractors.

Even if hormonal treatments attenuate certain male biological traits, by modifying the muscular structure of the individuals concerned, for example, other characteristics (bones or ligaments in particular) remain more or less and are at the origin of passionate debates as to the place of transsexual athletes vis-à-vis women’s sport, in particular within the framework of strength disciplines. A now famous study conducted in the United States in 2012 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on a large sample of more than 7,000 Americans was able to show that “almost all men are stronger than almost all women” . Specifically, based on pressure force measurements, 89% of male subjects performed better than 89% of women of equal height, weight and age. However, it is not only on these criteria of biological determination that the shoe pinches with regard to transsexual sportswomen.

A fault line has developed among LGBT activists that exposes some of the most fundamental contradictions of their ideologies.

Sami Biasoni

The struggles for the equal rights of individuals linked to their gender or their sex have continued to bring together new categories that consider themselves to be disadvantaged and to claim identities according to a logic of compensation for suffered or latent oppressions. Thus, the first movements attached to the statutes of homosexual people (“Lesbians” and “Gays”) saw their cause shared by “Bisexual” and “Transgender” people to form the acronymic root LGBT, over time supplemented by the letters Q (for “Queers”), I “Intersex” and A “Asexual”, to which we have added a “+” as a suffix announcing inclusiveness sacrificed in the name of brevity – LGBT becoming de facto LGBTQIA+.

Among these militants with juxtaposed causes has dug a line of fracture which exposes some of the most fundamental contradictions of their ideologies: for some, followers of the “theory of gender”, the latter is only an effect of discourse. , a language concept that varies according to the utterance and the utterance, a malleable notion without biological consistency. For these, “transsexuality” emanates from a sovereign choice, it comes from a “liberation” in relation to a norm which would assign any individual from birth and throughout his life to a sexual category that is not only arbitrary but also binding.

In line with Judith Butler’s seminal work, these activists may go so far as to consider the very concept of “woman” to be irrelevant. This position clashes in particular with the commitments of “historical” feminism, emptied of its meaning in the absence of gender binarity. This is what led to the creation of associative movements refusing to consider that a man who would have changed sex would be a full woman. Some go so far as to say that it is a maneuver of the “patriarchy” to take possession of femininity itself, to which the transsexuals concerned retort that it is a “transphobic” conception because it is intolerant. . Thus, the British association LGB Alliance was founded in 2019 in reaction to what it saw as an attempt to take control of the Labor Party by ‘trans’ movements, going so far as to symbolically abandon the letter ‘T’ of the LGBT acronym to signify its radical break . We find here an echo to the old declarations of feminists like Janice Raymond who already affirmed in 1981 that transsexualism “ colonizes the female body and also appropriates a feminist soul [1] ».

The alternative between an intolerant and conquering tolerance in the West and a conservative defense intolerance in Russia, China or among their allies of the Islamic Republics illustrates a bipolarity of the world bearing on fundamental societal choices.

Sami Biasoni

The case of Alana McLaughlin illustrates the aporia of the current debate on gender, caught in the grip of a neo-feminism obsessed with the rigid relations of domination between men and women, and of a progressivism. woke refusing to debate on the basis of the elements of reality, summoning the narrative freedom of individuals to self-determine perfectly. In both cases, what is at stake is the application of a vision of the world based on a comprehensive and often simplistic explanatory corpus, incapable of accounting for the subtleties of reality, and of considering the human being beyond the fixed categories of the debate (here those of gender). The place of transsexuals in sport deserves a dispassionate, technical and lucid debate as to what fairness really means; the whims of “diversity” and “inclusion” are now used to legitimize certain dangerous victim positions in a democracy, far from the humanist ideals of justice that these notions should convey.

While the rainbow of struggles around the issue of gender is tarnishing in the West, China is not quibbling and is taking a hard line on the matter. The power in place has in fact just decreed the prohibition on television of performances ” feminized »Of the man, praising on the contrary the merits of a ” traditional masculinity “In tune with the culture” traditional and revolutionary Of the contemporary socialist project. In this, China joins Russia in its criticism of Western “disintegration”. In an open world, such positions are illusory and run counter to the most basic acceptance of the freedom of others that an advanced society must cultivate. The alternative between an intolerant and conquering tolerance in the West, and a conservative intolerance of defense in Russia, China or among their allies of the Islamic Republics illustrates a bipolarity of the world bearing on fundamental social choices. Only a rational and realistic conception of the exercise of human rights will make it possible to reconcile these extremist and antinomic positions, far from the blind ideologies which often make history before history ends up defeating them with a crash.


[1] J. Raymond, The Transsexual Empire, Paris, Seuil, 1981, p. 20.

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