Where have they been? Confused male swimmer Lia Thomas has been decimating female swimmers all season. These biological females need all the help they can get. Swimmer’s World Magazine covered Lia Thomas and pointed out that having Thomas compete is akin to women using steroids, it’s just not fair.
Swimming World Magazine, John Lohn wrote about just that and is putting pressure on the NCAA to wake the heck up from their ‘woke’ coma:
The newest predicament facing the sport is not one of rampant doping, but a complex scenario with an outcome that could be as damning. Yes, we’re discussing the Lia Thomas saga – again. It’s a debate not soon to go away, and with each passing day toward the NCAA Championships in March, the potential of Thomas racing for a Division I crown becomes a more pressing issue.
Her shift from the men’s team to the women’s team is a result of Thomas’ transition to female, and after fulfilling the NCAA’s requirement of one year of testosterone suppressant use, she is eligible to compete in a collegiate competition as a member of a women’s program. The problem: The NCAA’s one-year suppressant requirement is not nearly stringent enough to create a level playing field between Thomas and the biological females against whom she is racing.
Despite the hormone suppressants she has taken, in accordance with NCAA guidelines, Thomas’ male-puberty advantage has not been rolled back an adequate amount. The fact is, for nearly 20 years, she built muscle and benefited from the testosterone naturally produced by her body. That strength does not disappear overnight, nor with a year’s worth of suppressants. Consequently, Thomas dives into the water with an inherent advantage over those on the surrounding blocks.
Parents at Penn state where Thomas competes wrote into the NCAA last week urging them to act and to stop playing stupid:
“At stake here is the integrity of women’s sports,” the portion of the letter that was obtained by DailyMail.com says. The entire letter was not available.
“The precedent being set – one in which women do not have a protected and equitable space to compete – is a direct threat to female athletes in every sport. What are the boundaries? How is this in line with the NCAA’s commitment to providing a fair environment for student-athletes?
“It is the responsibility of the NCAA to address the matter with an official statement. As the governing body, it is unfair and irresponsible to leave the onus on Lia, Lia’s teammates, Lia’s coaches, UPenn athletics, and the Ivy League. And it is unfair and irresponsible to Lia to allow the media to dictate the narrative without the participation of the NCAA.”
There is an even easier way to handle this; if you are born male stick to the men’s teams, if you are born female stick to the women’s teams. Schools should not be allowing men to play on the women’s team regardless of how they identify. They are putting the feelings of one confused man over the feelings of a whole team of women. How is this right?