By Royal Alexander
Let’s ‘Follow the Science’ and simple fairness and ensure that girls compete against girls.
It’s sad that throughout the entire United States ESPN could not find an actual female to be recognized.
Rather, ESPN has recognized college swimmer Will/Lia Thomas, a transgender athlete who was born a male but who claims to have “transitioned” to become a female. As a result, this male swimmer has now won many of the most sought-after awards in women’s college swimming.
In response, 12-time All-American female swimmer Riley Gaines, who has been fiercely opposed to transgender “women” competing in women’s sports, called-out ESPN for being “spineless” and suggested a boycott.
“Lia Thomas is not a brave, courageous woman who EARNED a national title. He is an arrogant, cheat who STOLE a national title from a hardworking, deserving woman,” Gaines said in a tweet. “The @ncaa is responsible.” If I was a woman working at ESPN, I would walk out. You’re spineless @espn #boycottESPN,” Gaines added.
It’s happening all over.
Another intentional example that underscores the unfairness includes a biological male—a bearded pro powerlifter named Avi Silverberg who competes against males—who entered a women’s competition in Canada. Silverberg entered the tournament after mockingly “identifying” as a female and then bench-pressed nearly 370 pounds, beating the current Alberta women’s record by almost 100 pounds.
The Independent Council on Women’s Sports (ICONS) in Canada said Silverberg appropriately “mocked the discriminatory policy” that allows competitors to register for events under their “gender identity and expression, rather than their sex or gender.” ICONS added, “what Avi Silverberg so obviously points out is that policies allowing men access to women’s sports completely remove any integrity in women’s competitions.”
Let’s all recall high school biology.
While all human beings are spiritually and morally equal and made in the image and likeness of God, males and females are physically quite different. That’s why when I read the defense of Lia/Will Thomas being that “well, he/she takes testosterone depressants or hormone therapy” it means nothing to me.
Because when Lia/Will Thomas was a young male going through puberty there was no suppression of his physical development as a male. This includes a male’s greater heart and lung capacity, height, greater and stronger musculature and a host of other male attributes that give a male athlete an unquestioned advantage over a female athlete.
Transgender proponents argue that boys who identify as girls actually are girls. No, they’re not. And they are definitely not biologically—males clearly have physical advantages over females—and in physical sports, gender and biology really do matter.
The fact that this has even become a disputed matter is a testament to how unhinged, morally and ethically, our nation has become. At a time when Americans are frequently told to ‘follow the science’ science is here rejected with the resulting unfairness to female competitors.
This insanity was advanced when the Biden Administration made a striking departure from the previous position on Title IX, a federal education law that prevents discrimination based on sex—meaning biological males and females.
However, President Biden issued an Executive Order entitled Preventing and Combating Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. The Order states in pertinent part that “[a]ll persons should receive equal treatment under the law without regard to their gender identity or sexual orientation.”
This language may sound benign, but it is not.
Conversely, the Trump Administration specifically reaffirmed the position that public school districts may exclude students from athletic teams based on “gender identity” and could require students to use bathrooms based on biological sex, rather than gender identity.
The real tragedy is that all of the progress of Title IX for females is now threatened by the transgender agenda, which seeks to allow biological males to compete in girl’s and women’s sports.
Let’s also remember that sports and athletics play an integral role in the development of young girls who will be robbed of the opportunity for that growth and development—and athletic scholarships which may be their only chance at college—if forced to compete with biological males.
As tennis great, Martina Navratilova, has said, ““[T]here will always be significant numbers of boys and men who would beat the best girls and women in head-to-head competition. Claims to the contrary are simply a denial of science.”
Let’s end this gender delusion and confusion that damages the futures of females by preventing them from reaching their fullest potential.