Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, has once again come out defending the separation of women’s and men’s sports.
The NCAA bylaws currently permit trans athletes to participate with their chosen gender as long as they have been off hormonal supplements for one year. The bylaws state that students “may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one year of testosterone suppression treatment,” according to the NCAA’s website.
Jenner is an Olympic gold medalist and is considered by many one of the the greatest athletes in history.
Caitlyn Jenner On Trans Sports
Caitlyn Jenner appeared on Fox News yesterday discussing transgender swimmer Lia Thomas who has apparently been demolishing the competition while swimming for the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas swam for three years as a male student prior to transitioning and is on course to contend for multiple national championships as records continue to be shattered by the swimmer.
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“Obviously this is about Lia Thomas who has brought a lot of attention to this issue,” Jenner said. “First of all, I respect her decision to live her life authentically. 100 percent. But, that also comes with responsibility and some integrity. I don’t know why she’s doing this. For two reasons: 1. It’s not good for the trans community. We have a lot of issues in the trans community that are very difficult and very challenging. We have a suicide rate that’s nine times higher than the general public.”
“[Lia Thomas] is also not good for women’s sports,” Jenner said. “It’s unfortunate that this is happening. I don’t know why she’s doing it. She knows when she’s swimming she’s beating the competition by two laps. She was born as a biological boy. She was raised as a biological boy. Her cardiovascular system is bigger. Her respiratory system is bigger.
“Her hands are bigger. She can swim faster. That’s a known. All of this is woke world that we’re living in right now is not working. I feel sorry for the other athletes that are out there, especially at Penn or anyone she’s competing against, because in the woke world you have to say, ‘Oh my gosh, this is great.’ No it’s not.”
My thoughts on if Lia Thomas Returned to Men’s Swimming
I do agree with Jenner as I personally believe displaying ones individuality while showcasing their talents would have a stronger impact for the trans community if someone like Thomas defeated competition in the men’s category as Thomas is a biological male.
However, I also understand that if Thomas did so, things Would more than likely become more complicated. Increased bullying and demonization of trans people would definitely be a deterrent, since Thomas is trans that pressure would no doubt increase the pressures on her to defeat an actual self identified and biological male.
The pressures wouldn’t just build for Thomas, but they’d build for the competitors in men’s swimming as well if she did or had to switch back to men’s swimming.
Understand the opposing male athletes would face criticisms, hazing and ragging from critics, friends, and I’m sure even some family if they did in fact lose to Thomas.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘men are pigs’, we are! Things could escalate for all parties as I previously stated due to shame, but factors like religious beliefs, media coverage and mental health could have severe impact on all involved.
I don’t agree with her choice of lifestyle but it’s also none of my business, it’s not hurting me personally, and the critics of her or people like have to understand no matter what they say, doesn’t matter. The evil they spew with legitimate or false justifications of Christianity is irrelevant because they’re not God. Thomas has every right to live the life Thomas dictates that’s appropriate for her.
But, there is zero doubt in my mind that it’s truly unfair and inappropriate for Thomas to not recognize her decisions, as Jenner mentioned, the integrity that comes with her decision to compete against females who are at a genetic disadvantage, as it disregards the female anatomy altogether, doesn’t it? It’s just wrong and cheating plain and simple.
Not sure if irony is the proper term to label Thomas’s recent defeat as but she did lose to Iszac Henig, who is a woman becoming a man. Henig currently swims on Yale’s women’s team.
According to Fox News, “the NCAA’s board of governors is expected to review the policy during a meeting this week and issue a statement at that time.”