Sunday Scribblings #65

Aaron’s word of inspiration today is Olympic.

As we all know, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been going on for the last few weeks. Apparently the closing ceremonies are today which is why Aaron’s word for this week is Olympic.

I usually don’t watch a lot of the Olympics, but this year I did. I think mostly because I was avoiding my move. Once I actually moved, I didn’t watch them so much. But before, it was just constant! But also, once I started packing, I had to use my laptop for entertainment. This meant that I could choose which events I wanted to watch instead of being dependent on whatever was streaming on the tv at the moment.

I am very particular about what I watch at the Olympics. Since I’m generally not really into sports, I am quite limited on what I will watch. This year was a lot of diving. I think I have watched every single diving event. At least the finals. The preliminaries and the semi-finals are just too much for me. But since I can pick and choose that’s ok! I also love watching the gymnastics. ESPECIALLY the trampoline! I was actually really shocked this year at how many accidents happened during the trampoline routines. LIKE SO MANY!!! I was not expecting that at all.

Some other events that I watched: skateboarding (only because it was playing on the tv), some volleyball, a basketball game. I did watch one game of rugby sevens which I didn’t understand AT ALL and thus hated it. I watched a routine of artistic swimming, and some lane swimming too.

I have been a little bit jaded against some of the events this year. Particularly the women’s diving. They are judged on their entry into the water, and the Chinese had a diver who was only 14. Which I don’t think is fair. She made like a negative splash almost because she’s so small, but also, like she hasn’t really gone through puberty yet. The other divers are in their late teens and up and they have bodies. This little tiny Chinese baby was straight as a board – of course she’s going to be able to bend in half better and of course she is going to make such a TINY splash. I personally don’t think that’s fair at all. And of course the who concept of uniforms comes into play too.

I was having coffee with someone yesterday and this subject came up. I was asked if I thought it was ok for a transgendered person to participate (the example being there was a transgendered woman on the Canadian soccer team that just won gold) and I said yeah sure I don’t care. And then they countered that with, but what about performance enhancing drugs? And I was a little caught off guard. After giving it a nice little examination, I said that the difference is the performance enhancing part. The transgendered woman would have been taking estrogen to replace the body’s natural testosterone so I don’t think that would have given her an advantage. However, the athletes who take the enhancing drugs are doing it to give themselves an edge and that’s not fair. And then my friend also brought up the athlete who was born a hermaphrodite and her body naturally produced the testosterone and when tested her limits were too high and wasn’t allowed to compete (not this year but a few years ago). And how did that play into it all. It was a great conversation, definitely one I was not prepared for, but good all the same!

The one thing that always gets me, and I’m not exactly sure why, is I get so freaking emotional during medal ceremonies. Like I have no idea who these people are, usually the ones I am watching are not from Canada – but I get all teary eyed. Even if I’m watching line the gold medal match or finals for something, when they get down to the very end and the person who is getting gold actually finds out that, yes, they are getting gold, it’s all the emotions. Does this happen to you?! Or am I just a weepy person for no reason? I think this year was a little bit more pronounced because of all the stress I was under from the move and how much of a monumental life change that is, and also last week I had my period so obviously I’m more emotional than usual. But even without all those things, I still get emotional during these times.

Have you been enjoying the Olympics? What are your favourite summer events to watch? Any thoughts on the controversial things I have brought up today?

11 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #65

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  2. I didn’t watch any this year at all, not even the opening ceremony which I usually try to catch. Interesting point about the performance enhancing drugs but I think I agree with you. Different reasons. Different results. Such a craziness we live in right now, huh?

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    • Yes for sure! Definitely a crazy time haha but thats sad you didn’t watch the opening ceremonies! Will you try to do the closing? Or maybe they have already happened… im not sure lol but the athletes were going home as soon as they finished their events so maybe it wouldn’t be very good?

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  3. The person on the women’s soccer team was actually assigned female at birth and now identifies as non-binary. They went to a girls school here in Toronto in high school, came out as non-binary in 2020, and chose to stay on the women’s team! That’s why I think the conversation around trans athletes is often lacking, because I think so many people just aren’t aware of the breadth and variations of trans people. There are trans women who have been transitioning since they were children, how could they be considered to have an advantage? (the “advantage” that tarns women have is WAY overblown anyway, and I think mostly shows a lot of ignorance about medically transitioning). There are trans men who play sports–although none yet in the Olympics (likely because sports is a more hostile place for LGBTQ men than it is for LGBTQ women, for the most part), should they not be allowed? And as for the runners with high testosterone, I think that’s massively unfair. Who measures what a woman is? Why are some people celebrated for having natural abilities that are advantageous for their sport, but these women are not?
    Sorry for the rant here haha, I just have seen a lot of conversation about this during these games and so much has given me a headache.

    Anyway, I also get very emotional during medals ceremonies! I also get emotional when they show back home! I always get soft at people achieving their dreams, honestly. I especially love the underdog stories, people who weren’t expected to win just soaring ahead. It’s so sweet.

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    • Wow thanks for the information! I had no idea except that my friend said “a trans woman” on the soccer team so that was my own designation put onto the player. BUT would she still be considered trans if she is not actually transitioning? Classifying as non-binary isn’t the same as someone who is physically transitioning from one gender to the next?

      Im not exactly the right person to have conversations about the legitimacy of hormone levels and their affect on human beings. My friend at coffee also brought up the fact that just biologically, a man’s bones will be strong than a woman’s too which has nothing to do with hormones and wouldn’t be affected in the transitional stages. All of it is completely over my understanding of anatomy lol although I do understand a little bit of testosterone levels just from my own medical history.

      And awwww I love a good underdog story too! So good!!

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      • Transgender covers a whole spectrum! There are some people who identify as non-binary (and there is a spectrum under non-binary as well) who also identify as transgender, while others don’t relate with that term. Quinn, who is the player, is a non-binary person who identifies with the term transgender as well, and uses they/them pronouns instead of she/her pronouns. Some non-binary people might physically transition in some way eg mastectomy (which Quinn has done), or taking hormones, while others choose not to do so.

        I guess to me, I feel like it feels so reductive to focus so much on biology, you know? I look at the female weight lifters for example, and I could not be more different than most of them body wise and strength wise! Idk I just think everyone deserves the same opportunities I suppose.

        I really do, I teared up so many times.

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        • Oh yes I completely agree. I think for games on this scale, they try to keep genders separate and now that society is opening up to be more inclusive of people who don’t fit into the traditional two options, its getting more and more difficult to keep the games segregated by gender ideals in order to keep it “fair”

          Thank you for expanding my own personal knowledge! 😉

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    • I think Sabrina might’ve alluded to it, but there were 2 runners from Namibia (both 18 years old) who were banned from participating in the 400m race because their natural testosterone levels were higher than the limit that World Athletics set when they introduced all this in 2018. World Athletics deems this women as having an unfair advantage.

      Earlier in the track & field season, they were setting really fast times in the 400m which is when they were tested and banned. An article I read said, “Athletes affected by the rules have an option to compete in restricted races if they lower their testosterone levels for at least six months before a competition. They have three options to do that: Taking a daily birth control pill, having hormone-blocking injections or having surgery.”

      I’m sure they did a lot of background research and consulted with Doctors before making this testosterone rule. I’m not an expect on it, but the optics are really icky. I feel like if this happened to American runners, it would be getting a lot more attention.

      One of the runners, Christine Mboma, won silver at the 200m which she was allowed to participate in.

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