The mother of a female swimmer who has competed against Lia Thomas, a biological male, is speaking out against policies allowing men to compete in women’s sports.
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The mom who went by the pseudonym “Margaret” during a press call Wednesday with the Independent Women’s Law Center said schools want the girls to be silent about the glaring issue.
“Since the news of Lia’s swimming has broken, I have received calls and messages from friends whose daughters are facing this exact issue in soccer, track, field hockey, ice hockey, swimming, and rowing,” Margaret said. “Lia, like all humans, deserves respect as an individual. However, sex-based rights and categories are not a buffet for those who would like to join our numbers but do not share in the biological basis of our burdens and our oppression.”
She warns that transgender individuals are hurting the chances for women and young girls.
“I will gladly fight for trans rights, but I will not fight for the abolition of sex,” said Margaret. “My biology, my daughter’s biology, and that of every female is not transphobic, and it cannot be hate speech to assert that we are entirely different from males, yet that is what these girls are learning and the damage of that message to them and to women everywhere is immeasurable.”
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Margaret’s comments come as a growing number of biological males are saying they identify as females and want to compete in women’s athletics. One situation getting a lot of media attention involves a biological male swimmer at Penn that identifies as a female and goes by the name Lia Thomas. Supporters of Thomas say it’s about inclusivity to allow him to compete against the female swimmers. However, individuals, think tanks, and special interest groups argue that biological females are losing out on competitions, titles, and scholarships by having to compete against men. Critics add it is a violation of the biological females’ Title IX rights.
“I am asking our political leaders, the NCAA, the International Olympic Committee, USA Swimming, the Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA), and all governing bodies of sports to step up and recognize that inclusivity cannot be an accepted code word for discrimination on the basis of sex,” said Margaret. “We are harming women. We are damaging our girls.”
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has legislation he believes will solve these problems.
“The Protection of Women and Girls In Sports Act is something that would strengthen and protect the integrity of female sports,” said Lee during Wednesday’s press call. “It would provide that any recipient of federal funding that operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities and permits a biological male to participate in women’s sporting events would be in violation of Title IX.”