There is a saying that goes: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can make me think I deserved it.”
This is the saying that came to my mind when, during the latest round of the transgender sports controversy, somebody republished an old story from 2014 about how the transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox beat actual woman Tamikka Brents in the first round of a fight. Brents ended up with a broken orbital bone and seven head staples, and afterwards said: “I've fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can't answer whether it's because she was born a man or not because I'm not a doctor. I can only say, I've never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.”
To recap: Brents was made to fight a man and ended up with a quick defeat and several injuries including a broken bone, yet because she isn’t a doctor, she can’t say whether what happened was bad or not.
I don’t know what had to be said to this woman, at some point in her life, to indoctrinate her into this way of thinking, but whatever those words were, it seems they did a lot more damage than the blow that broke her eye socket.