Monday 26 August 2019

A BBC report with a smile on its face

Porth Harlequins Ladies (Kelly, bottom left)

The BBC News website features a report headlined:
Transgender rugby player playing with 'a smile on my face'
Though the BBC journalist behind it (Ceri Coleman-Phillips) strikes a celebratory tone throughout and is clearly wholly on trans rugby player Kelly Morgan's side (it begins "Kelly Morgan is a trailblazer"), that enthusiasm is far from universally shared. 

Many are, in fact, horrified. 

Here's The Conservative Woman's Laura Perrins for example: 
This piece notes this male rugby player, who is being permitted to play rugby against female players, once “folded an opponent like a deckchair”. This is celebrated. In fact, it’s immoral and shameful.
Here are some extracts from the piece:

  • At nearly 6ft she stands out among her team-mates, and club captain Jessica Minty-Madley recounts a time she folded an opponent "like a deckchair".
  • ...Kelly, 33, accepts transgender women may have an advantage in terms of size and strength.
  • "I do feel guilty, but what can you do?" she says. "I don't go out to hurt anybody. I just want to play rugby."
  • And she is proud of her journey, humorously documenting her highs and lows on social media. 
  • "She's one of us. She comes in, trains hard, plays hard and parties hard with us afterwards."
  • "She folded a girl like a deckchair during a game, which was quite funny, but they're still friends."

And here are some of the public's responses to it:

  • How did we get the this point, where this is happening and people are pretending it’s not absolutely mad??
  • Truly disgusting that this is allowed in any women's sport. They are not women!!!!!!
  • How long will it be before an opponent will end up seriously injured - or worse...Then wait for the fall-out...
  • BBC celebrating a woman being assaulted.
  • Due to mental illness I'll start identifying as a 10 yr old, hopefully then I can "impress" when I play rugby for the local kids team, folding kids like deckchairs! I can now excel in a sport where previously I was nothing special! Bollocks to the other kids.. it's all about me!
  • "I do feel guilty, but what can I do? I just want to play Rugby". Easy, don't take the hormones and try out for the men's team.


  1. One wonders how much virtue signallers like Ceri Coleman-Phillips are motivated by fear - a kind of self-perpetuating cycle based on on a terror of being called out by other virtue-signallers. This is the madness they have created. Surely the similarly proportioned male coach on the far right, deep down, must feel a certain sense of shame.

  2. Far right may have been a Freudian slip! But should he speak out he would no doubt be labelled as "far right".

  3. It seems if women are happy to facilitate this in sport, then they only have themselves to blame.

  4. We are ALL women now!


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