Rachel McKinnon is a Canadian professor of philosophy and competitive cyclists.

McKinnon just defended her master’s title by setting a new world record qualifying time.

What makes this so controversial is that McKinnon was born a male, is a trans woman, and is one built dude.

This is from her Twitter account:

This is the picture of her victory from Cycling Weekly.

Look at the size her McKinnon’s thighs compared to those of the second and third place winners.  Her thighs are beefier than mine and I’m doing reps at 850 lbs on the sled press.

McKinnon took to Twitter with a thread on her victory (unrolled):

Many people claim to support trans women

But often they only support us until our lives impact them in any meaningful way

In my case, people literally say they support trans women…but not in sport

There can be no ‘but’

We are either full and equal women, or not

We are.
And babes, facts don’t care about your feelings: medical professionals (WHO, AMA), mental health practitioners (both APA’s), and sport (IOC) all say that trans women are *real* women, are really female.

Cry about it all you want. Your feelings won’t change the facts that we are.
There’s no need for me to change *your* misguided opinion on the matter. You *don’t* matter.

Sorry. You don’t.

Everyone who *does* matter already says we’re real women, really female.

My birth certificate, passport, US green card, etc etc all say I’m really female.
This is why I refuse to debate, live or otherwise, whether trans women are *really* women.

That debate is over.

You lost. Your feelings don’t trump our rights and basic human dignity.

Get a better hobby. Obsessing and harassing trans women is not a good hobby.
The thing is, the people who oppose trans women’s full and equal rights think that the ‘facts’ are on their side.

This is why they always come back to “common sense.”

That’s not an argument, loves. It’s the last refuge of the ignorant. It means you’ve already lost, bad.

McKinnon is an adult, she has every right to dress and look the way she wants.  It is out of courtesy that I am referring to her as “she.”

However, as someone who has spent his entire adult life as a weight lifter, I can tell you, it takes balls to build muscle like that.  Or, injections of horse testosterone.

That fact that McKinnon’s defense is that the WHO, AMA, and APA all agree she is “really female” and that your opinion does not matter is the point of this post.

First, that some board of doctors came to a conclusion that seems to fly in the faces of reality and that negates your opinion is the worst and most totalitarian form of the “appeal to authority” logical fallacy.

Second, that some board of doctors came to a conclusion that seems to fly in the faces of reality shows how groups of professionals can be just as able to be corrupted by ideology as anybody else.  Perhaps more so.

Her argument amounts to “Trans-activists managed to convince a bunch of virtue signaling doctors that 2+2=5 and you must submit to that because they said so.

Her last Tweet  is literally Orwellian: “This is why they always come back to ‘common sense.’ That’s not an argument, loves. It’s the last refuge of the ignorant. It means you’ve already lost, bad.”

From 1984 (which every day seems more like reality):

In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable what then?

Activists have convinced governments to destroy common sense and those of us who employ such sense become “haters,” our opinions are discarded as irrelevant, and we will be punished accordingly.

I am generally a libertarian guy.  I’m mostly fine with letting grown individuals live the life that they want.  What I will not accept is being told that I have to say there are five lights because some bureaucrats say so.


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12 thoughts on “Trans-activism, 2+2=5, and the problem with the Appeal to Authority fallacy”
  1. Any medical professional who says a trans is “really” their imagined sex should have their licenses revoked and the school that granted them their MD should be put on probation.

  2. As an adult, she can say she’s anything she wants to be as long as she doesn’t hurt anyone. If she thinks she’s pterodactyl, I’m OK with that. However, when it comes to athletic competition, she IS hurting those genetic women who spent blood, sweat, tears and treasure to rise to the peak of their chosen sport but can’t compete with a trans-woman. Either women’s athletics will fade away as no genetic women will wish to put the effort into becoming competitive only to loose to a trans-woman who has inherent advantages that cannot be overcome; or a separate category for trans-women will be created. If the later, I suspect the audience will be on a par with the Special Olympics, i.e. family, friends, and the occasional local news story. There are unchallengeable reasons why those with XY chromosomes don’t compete on an equal basis with with those with XX chromosomes in sports requiring physical strength, speed, and endurance.

  3. Remember when the Soviet bloc countries were all being accused of having men compete as women in the Olympics? It was a HUGE to-do, the East Germans were running a woman bobsled team with men on it, and crap like that.

    Well, thanks to the 2+2=5 movement, having biological males compete as women is not only acceptable, it is actually celebrated!

    I do believe we have moved into biziarro world.

  4. Building on NRW’s comments above, I think the “trans-sports” push is a bubble, getting VERY close to bursting.

    It’s one thing when a “trans-woman” takes first place in a competition otherwise populated only with genetic females.

    It’s entirely another when genetic females are completely pushed out of their own sport.

    What will happen when every single spot in the top 10 is a “trans-woman”?

    What will happen when enough “trans-women” compete that genetic females don’t even advance past the quarter-finals?

    What happens when a genetic female athlete’s prospects amount to “work your ass off and MAYBE compete for 27th place, in a sport where only the top 20 qualify”?

    What happens when enough men who can’t cut it in male sports, instead self-identify as “trans-women” to dominate against weaker competition? The athletic boards already aren’t allowed to question whether a trans athlete is “REALLY trans”. (On a tangentially-related note, what happens when a few of these genetic and physiologically-intact males take the horse testosterone and get hyper-sexually-aggressive … in locker rooms filled with females in various states of undress?)

    What happens when colleges and universities recruit “trans-woman” (real and fake) athletes because they are “top performers”, and genetic females can’t get a scholarship anywhere? (This sounds like a Title IX lawsuit waiting to happen.)

    Feminists want to talk about the “glass ceiling”? How many female CEOs will Harvard produce if females can’t even get into the program? This is a glass ceiling on steroids. Literally.

    Those scenarios are not only likely, they are becoming inevitable, and quickly approaching. When they arrive, I expect feminists and trans-philes to fold and turn on each other like bad origami.

    It would be fun to watch if it weren’t for all the genetic females whose futures are destroyed in the process.

  5. As an avid cycllist with some prior racing experience and a long-time follower of high-level cycling competitions around the world, I advocate separate “lanes” at racing events; one lane for un-doped, “normal” racers,” and a separate lane for dopers and other physiologically jacked-up racers.

  6. I will not entertain the insane by agreeing with their imaginary reality. His genes are a man’s down to the core. He’s a ‘man’ (quotes bc of his mindset).

    Also, his rant sounds awfully like he’s trying to convince himself that he’s a woman more than anything else. Anyone else get that vibe?

  7. It’s not all FN. USA Powerlifting has said that men who are transitioning genders may not compete as women because of the obvious advantage being male has. At least one sport has kept some sanity.

    “Men naturally have a larger bone structure, higher bone density, stronger connective tissue and higher muscle density than women,” the weightlifting association notes in an online explainer. “These traits, even with reduced levels of testosterone do not go away. While [male-to-female athletes] may be weaker and less muscle than they once were, the biological benefits given them at birth still remain over that of a female.”

    Like NRW said, let the trannies compete with other trannies. Otherwise, it’s the death of women’s athletics. Even in cycling, where strength to weight ratio is usually more important than pure strength, women’s racing doesn’t compete with men’s times.

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