The absurd attempt to defend Lia Thomas by competing as a woman

O homem biológico Lia Thomas

The biological man Lia Thomas: Victories in women’s swimming| Photo: Reproduction

In column in Washington Post , Sally Jenkins poses several questions about the nature of college athletics, the purpose of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), and the role of competition in college sports – all in the context of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. But what Jenkins is really doing is ignoring the essential element of the sport: competition. Specifically, fair competition. Taking fair competition out of the debate and basing it on the issue of identity obscures the inherent biological advantage of transgender women, because admitting that competition is unfair leads to the conclusion that transgender women are not (biological) women, and reveals that the whole argument progressive that equates gender identity and immutable biological fact is a hoax.

Until spring of 2019 [i. e., de março a junho], Thomas identified himself as a man and swam on the men’s team at the University of Pennsylvania. He recently competed in the women’s team of the National Association championship, in which he was in the prestigious top 8in all of his individual entries, including a first place in the category of 500 yards in freestyle. But Jenkins, and many like her, want to shift the transgender debate in sports away from fairness and competition to fanaticism and inclusivity. Jenkins uses abstruse concepts about personal growth, esoteric philosophy and deep meditations to separate competition and sport. Jenkins asks, “What is the real purpose and value of NCAA competition?” and she insists that the goal of athletic competition is not… competition. “It should be investigating who we are, whether it’s by the pool or on the basketball court…” After all, “everyone is trans” because we are all “on our way to becoming someone profoundly different than we were.” Jenkins adds:

“If you take the purpose of ‘becoming somebody’ out of the competition just because you fear a Lia Thomas and make it strictly a chance to win a prize, then you might as well going to an amusement park to shoot a water pistol in the face of a clown, because it will have just as much meaning.”

As a former Division I college swimmer, I think this an absurdity. Whether on the court or, in my case, in the pool, the ultimate goal is to win. The urge to be the best at my sport and at my participation—long-distance freestyle—was the reason I cycled through the snow during afternoon practices at the University of Minnesota. That’s why I swam countless rays, pressing myself into the silence of my thoughts, staring at the bottom of the pool. That’s why I spent my years at university abstaining from other activities, parties and even internships, in pursuit of my dreams.

It is clear that personal growth is a benefit of participating in sports. I learned the value of hard work, determination, strength, and how to be a humble winner and a graceful loser. But primarily, athletes want to compete, and compete to win or lose fairly. Jenkins asks, “Does Thomas’ presence stop other female swimmers from finding out who they are?” Do not. But Thomas’ presence is preventing the swimmers from competing in a fair environment – ​​an environment in which these girls have trained and sacrificed their entire lives to reach the far side of the pool, and which is the starting point of athletic competition.

The National Association should establish the parameters of justice and act judiciously in the implementation of rules it applies. According to your website , the The NCAA’s mission is “focused on cultivating an environment that emphasizes academia, fairness, and well-being in college sports.” Without justice, competition, and therefore without sports, has no meaning. David Timmerman of Saint Charles, Missouri, is the father of a girl who competes for the local swim team and hopes to one day swim at college. I asked Timmerman, himself a former athlete, if he’s concerned about fairness in women’s sports. “What worries me is my daughter being forced to compete with biological males for a spot on a college team. The NCAA is letting men compete with women based on some hormone measurement and says that’s fair. Women are not hormone-suppressed men. They are different, special, human beings born with inherent qualities. I see it with my own eyes, and asking me to ignore it is just plain wrong.”

Jenkins uses emotional and cultural arguments, as well as examples of exceptional athletes, to overshadow the fact that, as a group, men have biological advantages in athletic competition. To insist that Lia Thomas makes women’s swimming more interesting and therefore is a justification for allowing transgender inclusion is, again, to ignore that NCAA athletics is primarily about student athletic achievement. It is true that the human interest stories we have been conditioned to expect, such as the spectacle found in current television coverage of the Olympics, are a by-product of competition. But to say that this is the main purpose of college athletics is too much.

Jenkins’ main argument echoes that of many who are on the side of trans activists and advocate that biological men participate in female competition: Every human being is born with certain advantages and disadvantages – genetic variations that manifest in physical attributes such as like height, arm length or natural stamina – and gender is just another normal attribute. So to deny this is to act against the spirit of “inclusion”. Jenkins mentions the former world record holder and owner of five Olympic golds, the swimmer Missy Franklin, who, with 1,03 m., certainly had an advantage with his height. But she didn’t have years of testosterone that would give her many other advantages in the pool, a glaring thing when Lia Thomas swims. What if we let bigger, faster, stronger men compete with women, would we have heard of Missy Franklin? What about Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe or Allyson Felix?

)Anyone who celebrates Lia Thomas as a woman tries to shed a veil on the purpose of competitive sports and biology. Understands that the advancement of the transgender movement means the withdrawal of women’s rights and protections, and that it depends on the debate as to whether Lia Thomas is fair or unfair to compete with women.

While the NCAA and US Swimming, along with all other sports bodies, do not uphold the sacredness of competition, women’s rights will be in jeopardy. A threat in one area is a threat to women in all areas.

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