America’s “woke” culture has left collegiate female swimmers afraid to speak out against the unfairness of competing against biological male, Lia Thomas, in official national competitions.
A report in Post Millennial shows that a mother of one Ivy League swimmer in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competitions said that many competitors are frightened of academic, professional, and personal repercussions if they express their thoughts.
The mother spoke on condition of anonymity about the unfairness of the NCAA decision to allow University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, born as William Thomas, to compete in womens’ swimming competitions. Thomas has reportedly recently transitioned to a female gender identity while retaining male genitalia. Thomas reportedly remains heterosexual while self-identifying as lesbian.
Thomas’s female teammates have expressed unease in sharing locker room space as well as other issues arising from traditional experiences of female swim teams. The most publicly notable impact Thomas has had is in dominating swimming competitions in which he faces biological females.
The mother said that the womens’ swimming community immediately took notice when a “full-grown male” started to take down the records of icons in the sport. She added that Thomas caused additional controversy by taking up a roster spot on the Penn team that would have gone to a female competitor.
She added that the members of the team knew “of course this isn’t right” from the beginning and expected the university to resolve the problem. She said they were all taken aback as time passed and Penn as well other schools in the Ivy League started to tell their female swim team members that they are “not allowed to talk about this.”
The mother said the members of the Penn team and other Ivy League teams are now frightened of losing friends or being kicked off of their teams. They are afraid of being labeled as “transphobic and hateful” by their universities and school communities. She said that her daughter and her colleagues deserve a college experience that is not marred by the Thomas issue, and each athlete should be able to process the situation in her own way.
Critics of allowing biological males to compete in womens’ sports argue that the Thomas situation undermines the entire basis for having sex-specific athletics. Female athletes are denied the opportunity to fairly compete for recognition or scholarship opportunities. Both common sense and scientific research show that male physiology gives distinct advantages in most sports that are not canceled out by hormone suppression.
Much of the audience in attendance at last week’s NCAA competition disapproved of gender-fluid competition and cheered heartily for female swimmer Emma Weyant. She finished a distant second to Thomas but was considered the actual winner of the competition by many in attendance and on social media.