Instagram Censors Renowned Biologist for Noting Men Are Stronger than Women
Top academic has post taken down for 'hate speech' for sharing peer-reviewed study
A renowned biologist has been censored by Facebook-owned Instagram after he posted information from a peer-reviewed academic study that found biological males have physical advantages over women.
The post, from evolutionary biologist and distinguished academic Colin Wright, was removed by the platform for "hate speech."
Wright had posted a chart that proves men are biologically stronger than women in a range of sports, even if they have undergone gender transitioning treatment.
The peer-reviewed study, titled Transgender Women in the Female Category of Sport: Perspectives on Testosterone Suppression and Performance Advantage, was published in the journal Medicine & Sports, which has been in wide circulation since 1969.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm
It found that biological males categorically have performance advantages over biological females across sports that are contested in the Olympics.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw male-to-female transgender athletes compete in a number of women’s events, including weightlifting.
According to the Daily Mail, Wright has been published in the Wall Street Journal and was in academia for 12 years.
Similar scientific conclusions were reached in a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine called "How does hormone transition in transgender women change body composition, muscle strength and haemoglobin? Systematic review with a focus on the implications for sport participation."
That study was conducted by researchers at Loughborough University and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
They each concluded that even after three years of hormone therapy transgender women on average still retain strength advantages over biological women, which may not allow for an even playing field in sports competitions.
Instagram took down one of my posts for violating their rules on "hate speech." What was the thing I posted?— Colin Wright (@SwipeWright) October 12, 2021
A figure from @FondOfBeetles and @TLexercise's peer reviewed paper showing male advantage in certain sports activities. pic.twitter.com/kcf53oJ73U
In a post on Twitter, Wright revealed that Instagram took down his post for violating its rules against “hate speech.”
The platform also warned Wright he could risk "losing access" to his "account in he future."
The post that the Facebook-owned platform deemed to be “hateful” consisted of an image from one of the studies.
It showed data from the study highlighting the advantage for biological males across a range of sports.