It’s a man’s world. Brazilian volleyball player Tiffany Abreu was born a male named Rodrigo. Abreu is featured in a new ad by sports giant Adidas. The ad celebrates women and that includes biological men. It’s an odd twist during International Women’s Month.
The ad, titled “Impossible is Nothing”, includes women in various sports. Abreu is the first trans person in Brazil’s top female league and is the tallest on the team.
“It’s impossible. To take hold of the world’s spotlight overnight. Create your own uniform. Be a cover model. A powerful athlete. Or compete as a trans woman. Impossible? No. I’m possible,” the narrator says.
“I play for Brazil and for all trans women. So when you cheer my name, we all win — on and off the court,” Abreu says, according to the clip’s subtitles, before finishing with the campaign theme. “My story is not impossible. Because I’m possible.”
In 2019 Adidas embraced the LGBTQ agenda and succumbed to pressure to increase diversity in its company. The company began its She Breaks Barriers Acceleration Program, a support program for girls and women in sports, with Impact Hub. The German sports giant created a three-month program to also support women in business and address barriers women face.
Transgender women in competition with biological women in sports is a real problem. It is a travesty that blind acceptance of such a move is expected, demanded, of the general population. While lemmings in the corporate world try to appease the most radical members of the LGBTQ community, biological women are being canceled. To put it in simple terms, it isn’t fair for biological men to compete with biological women in sports. Most of the stories have been about individual competition – biological women losing titles trans women, as is the case of Lia Thomas at the University of Pennsylvania. Her teammates have publicly objected to her competing as a woman. ( I use the ‘her’ pronoun when a biological male has transitioned. I know that she is still biologically a male.)
When Abreu began playing for the Brazilian team, one of her teammates objected when Abreu broke her record of the most points scored in a single game.
One of those who criticized her was Osasco outside hitter Tandara Caixeta, a 10-year veteran of Brazil’s national team with two Olympic medals. She’s led the Superliga in scoring five times, including scoring the most points in a single match.
It was a record she initially set at 37 points. It stood until January 2018.
That night, Abreu, who was then playing for Sesi Volei Bauru, put up 39 points and sent shockwaves across Brazil.
“I respect her story. However, as to her playing with women, it’s a tricky subject,” Caixeta stated to reporters upon hearing of the record. “Tifanny developed as a male. Her lungs are bigger, her heart is bigger, her hips are smaller, so it’s much easier for her to jump.”
That is what happens. Men are physically different than women by design. Surgery doesn’t change that fact. Unfortunately, Caixeta now rolls with it because the team wins with Abreu. So much for principled objection, right? I wonder how the competing teams feel about it.
Caitlyn Jenner opposes biological men in women’s sports. The former Olympic gold medal winner points out basic common sense. Trans women will ruin women’s sports. The athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner says to let women compete with women. Jenner is right. How does supporting women in sports include allowing trans women to compete with them? It’s a smack in the face and it’s absurd. It must be stopped.