“I am a woman, just like anybody else on the team,” Lia Thomas, the
transgender collegiate swimmer, said in an interview with Sports
Illustrated. Except, no, Lia is not a woman, and Lia is surely not
like anybody else on the women’s swimming team. It is absurd to
think otherwise, and such talk must stop. It has gone on long
Lia is not, nor ever will be, a woman. Lia can refer to Lia in any
particular way Lia wants. Lia can dress however Lia wants. Lia can
identify however Lia wants. But Lia has male genitalia . Lia does
not have breasts. Lia cannot bear children or produce eggs. Lia does
not have a menstrual cycle. Lia will never go through menopause.
These are the biological norms for being a woman. These are facts.
This is science. And, as we all know from the past two years,
science must be trusted.
Lia’s declaration of being a woman, and subsequently having an
article published in Sports Illustrated celebrating it, should raise
flags. One cannot authentically change from male to female just by
saying so. Embracing such a fantasy will cause irreparable harm to
women in the future. It will ultimately result in the loss of
opportunities for women in every aspect of society. If a male wishes
to self-identify as female, that’s a personal choice. However, his
right to embrace a female identity must not infringe on the rights
and opportunities of actual females. Real women should not have to
suffer so Lia Thomas can identify as one.
“I’m a woman, so I belong on the women’s team,” the swimmer said in
the interview. “Trans people deserve that same respect every other
athlete gets.” But Lia is not a woman, and Lia’s anatomy and
physiology show that. As far as respect is concerned, other athletes
do not traditionally compete against opponents who are biologically
different. And, as the saying goes, “respect is earned, not given.”
For Lia to describe Lia as “just like anybody else on the team” is
delusional. Nobody else on the female swimming team at the
University of Pennsylvania swam on the men’s team for three years.
No other female had the bone structure of a male. No other females
benefited from a larger percentage of skeletal muscle that post-
pubescent male bodies have. None of the other females have the
larger hearts that men do (proportionate to body size). And last but
certainly not least, none of the other females enjoyed the height
advantage Lia Thomas did.
Lia Thomas is a microcosm of the larger problem regarding
transgender people in society — a sense of entitlement. Initially,
the transgender rights movement sought to achieve equality and
acceptance. People fought to not be discriminated against or have
their civil rights violated. Yet, those days are gone. It has
morphed into a toxic crusade advocating priority and privilege. It
encourages acts such as Lia Thomas announcing (and believing) that
Lia is a woman — when it is categorically not true.
Furthermore, while Lia seeks respect, Lia has directly benefited
from disrespecting Lia’s teammates. They lost the right to fair
athletic competition because of Lia. They lost the right to not be
exposed to male nudity in their locker room. They lost the right to
be crowned champions of certain events because Lia had faster times.
It is true that Lia should not be disrespected. However, Lia Thomas
must also respect others — especially the women who lost their
rights so Lia could shine.
The case of Lia Thomas represents an important cultural issue.
Transgender people should not be victims of any form of
discrimination, harassment, or violation of their civil rights. At
the same time, transgender propaganda must not be allowed to
recreate science or tear down societal norms, but this is exactly
what is occurring. Declaring pronouns, creating numerous genders,
making up words in the English language, and vilifying anyone who
disagrees with such things is not equality or respect. It is
Lia Thomas is not a woman; Lia Thomas is transgender.
Lia Thomas is a dick sucking mentally ill male pretending to be
something he can never be.