Boys Replacing Girls in Sports
Brian C. Joondeph, M.D. writes in American Thinker: (in part)
Women's sports are again under attack. Decades ago, it was due to tradition and patriarchy, with funding and attention lavished primarily on men's sports. Title IX came in 1972, leveling the playing field. .................
Forty years later in 2012, great progress was made with 3 million girls participating in high school sports and 190,000 in college sports, a sixfold increase since 1972.................
The headline, "UPenn trans swimmer, 22, sparks outrage by smashing women's competition records after competing as a man for three seasons."
Will Thomas, now 22, swam for the University of Pennsylvania men's swim team for three years before taking a year off due to the COVID pandemic, with his last event competing as a man in November 2019. At some point thereafter, Will began transitioning from Will to Lia. Per NCAA rules, any trans female athlete can take part in women's events if they have completed a year of testosterone suppression treatment.
In November 2021, Thomas competed in a tri-meet between UPenn, Cornell, and Princeton, "where the senior 'blasted' UPenn records in the 200m and 500m freestyle - posting times that beat almost every other female swimmer across America."
.................Several years ago in Connecticut, two boys "transitioning" into girls competed in the girls' state track championship, taking first and second place in the 55-meter sprint, the winner setting a new state record....................
This is not only a problem at the high school and college levels, but also for the Olympics. In this year's Tokyo games, New Zealand named Laurel Hubbard to its women's weightlifting roster, making Hubbard the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics. As a 43-year-old, Hubbard competed in the category for women over 87 kg.
Hubbard made history by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete in an individual even at the summer Olympics but failed to reach the final or medal. But the door is open for others..........
So here we are now, with a college guy, competing on a men's team for three years, then choosing a different gender, now competing against women, and due to his anatomy and physiology, soundly defeating them. How did the second place finisher feel about sacrificing her victory to guy?
Were any university or athletic officials outraged over the unfairness of this? UPenn has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Do they support this swimming travesty as inclusive for women athletes? Has Vice President Kamala Harris or Senator Kirsten Gillibrand weighed in as they did during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings? The National Organization for Women has not issued a press release on this outrage against women athletes.
Girls, women, their coaches, and parents should all be outraged. If biologic men can compete as women, it makes women's sports irrelevant. Why bother with the pretense anymore, just make it a free-for-all, where anyone can compete with anyone, regardless of biologic sex, weight class, or any other physical parameter than confers advantage to some. All in the name of equity.
Read the complete report on American Thinker
Photo Credit: William Lia Thomas on Youtube.