Will Thomas was a strong swimmer for the University of Pennsylvania's men's swimming team. But now Lia Thomas is shattering records for the women's swimming team.
What's the problem? It's the same individual.
Thomas is a biological male who "identifies" as a woman. In a recent swim meet, Thomas completed the 1650-yard freestyle 38 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Does biology matter? You better believe it.
There are inherent physiological differences in men and women (muscle complexion, bone thickness, muscle mass, etc.) that give males an "intolerable" advantage over females when it comes to athletic endeavors. Count MMA fighter Tamikka Brents in this camp. Brents stepped into the ring against transgender fighter Fallon Fox and received a concussion and 7 broken orbital bones for her trouble. Notably, Brents wasn't told before the fight that Fox was a biological male. She later said she had "never felt so overpowered ever in my life."
Even Thomas's teammates are concerned about this recent dominance. "Pretty much everyone individually has spoken to our coaches about not liking this," said the member of the women's swim club in the anonymous interview. "Our coach [Mike Schnur] just really likes winning. He's like most coaches. I think secretly everyone just knows it's the wrong thing to do."
Must the most basic biological differences between men and women be denied or whispered anonymously? As a society, have we come to a place where truth cannot be tolerated in the face of the prevailing orthodoxy of "tolerance"? Men and women are different. Allowing men to compete in women's sports hurts women. Stating these facts may be politically taboo, but that doesn't mean they aren't true.