Mom Blasts Trans Swimmer Competing Against Her Daughter: He's ‘A Full-Grown Male’
Up until now, we have mostly read anonymous letters written into nets about how the girls and parents really feel about Will 'Lia' Thomas competing for UPenn. One thing they all have in common and mention, often, is the very real fear they have about speaking out against the transgender swimmer.
Now, a mom whose daughter reportedly competed against him is speaking up in an interview where she discussed that oppressive fear and the damage Thomas has done to the league. As she explains, they were instructed not to talk:
“Holy cow, we’re going to talk about a male swimmer — a full-grown male — attempting to take down female icon records, and taking a spot on an Ivy team from one of the Penn swimmers, who have rightfully deserved it,” she told Independent Women’s Forum, according to the Post Millennial. “And we’re talking about, this person’s gonna swim on every relay going forward at championship meets, is going to take the position of a woman on a travel team, is going to take a space in every finals.”
Girls are “frightened” to speak out about the inequality after they were warned to keep their mouths shut, the mother explained.
“And they’re frightened,” the woman said, her voice shaking with emotion. “They’re frightened of losing friends. They’re frightened of being kicked off their teams. They’re frightened of being told by their universities that they’re transphobic and hateful.”
Independent Women’s Forum identified the woman as “Margaret,” captioning the video: “Margaret’s* daughter is a swimmer in the Ivy League who’s been forced to compete all season against XY athlete Will ‘Lia’ Thomas. Thomas — who competed for three years on the University of Pennsylvania Men’s Swim Team — has dominated women’s collegiate swimming competitions this season and broken numerous female legacy records.”
“The NCAA, USA Swimming, the Ivy League, and University of Pennsylvania have all turned their backs on female athletes,” the group said. “When biological males are allowed to swim on women’s teams, female athletes lose. They lose opportunities to win and to compete. And… they lose self-confidence. Dividing athletes by biological sex gives women the chance to compete and win.”
The mom went on to explain that she just wants the girls to have a fair chance. Completely understandable considering it's supposed to be the women's league.
“I don’t want my daughter to have any repercussions based upon my desire to speak out for sex-based rights and representation for women,” she said. “She deserves to have a college experience unmarred by this issue, and she deserves to have the time and ability to process what’s going on with her in her own way.”
“At the end of the day, I hope that the IOC, the NCAA, and governing bodies of sport all recognize that women are women,” the woman closed. “We can’t shrug off our sex. Men are men, they can’t shrug off their sex, and women’s sports is protected for females.”
Caitlyn Jenner, 72, who competed in the 1976 Olympics as Bruce Jenner and transitioned to female in 2015, said she has 'no problem with Lia Thomas,' but rather blames the NCAA for going 'all the way up to the Olympic Committee.'
'[Thomas'] playing within the rules. What I've said from the beginning [are] the rules aren't tough enough,' Jenner said of the hot button issue on Fox News. 'Just being on testosterone depressants for a year or two, whatever the rules are now, they keep changing, obviously, it is not enough.'