USA Today Prohibits Use of the Word "Male"

It is "hurtful" to use the word

I don’t mean to crowd your inbox, but this is so deeply relevant to my morning column.

Last week, Chelsea Mitchell wrote an op-ed in USA Today about the impact to her, as the fastest girl in Connecticut, when biological males were allowed to compete as girls.

One of the things Mitchell wrote was this:

The CIAC allows biological males to compete in girls’ and women’s sports. As a result, two males began racing in girls’ track in 2017. In the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone, these males took 15 women’s state track championship titles (titles held in 2016 by nine different girls) and more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions that belonged to female track athletes.

That’s because males have massive physical advantages. Their bodies are simply bigger and stronger on average than female bodies. It’s obvious to every single girl on the track.

You can see Mitchell’s piece in its original form here.

USA Today has now edited Mitchell’s piece to remove the word “male” with an editor’s note that the use of the word is “hurtful language.”

Mitchell, of course, was talking about biology and the biological differences between the sexes. This is how USA Today has changed it:

The CIAC allows transgender athletes to compete in girls’ and women’s sports. As a result, two transgender athletes began racing in girls’ track in 2017. In the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone, these runners took 15 women’s state track championship titles (titles held in 2016 by nine different girls) and more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions that belonged to female track athletes.

Their bodies are simply bigger and stronger on average. It’s obvious to other girls on the track. 

Note the last sentence. It went from “It’s obvious to every single girl on the track” to “It’s obvious to other girls on the track” thereby claiming biological males and females are all the same.

This is why Americans are less and less likely to trust the media.