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How individuals and institutions react to Lia Thomas, the biological male who is allowed to compete in women’s college swim competitions, is a good indicator of people’s values and level of rationality.

To recap, Will Thomas, a man who until two years ago was a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s swim team, announced he was female and then joined the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swim team.

Now named Lia, Thomas has set national records in women’s swimming, such as in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Women who have trained nearly all their lives to be competitive swimmers were cheated out of wins.

The obvious question is: Is this fair? Is it fair for a biological male to compete as a female against females? Or is Thomas cheating?

To most Americans the answer is clear: Thomas is cheating.

As I recently wrote a column arguing that Thomas is a cheat, I will not belabor the point.

Instead, I will discuss others’ reactions, for, as I wrote, they reveal a great deal about those people and institutions.

We will begin with the New York Times. Rather than as a cheat, the New York Times regards Thomas as heroic. When the Times finally got around to covering the story — weeks after the non-Left media began covering the story did any of the “mainstream media” cover it — the Times’ writer on college sports, Billy Witz, wrote about the Thomas affair.

He ended his column with an ode to Thomas:

“And so if there was something enduring about Saturday(‘s swim competition between Penn and Harvard), it was not the two races that Thomas comfortably won or the two relays where she gamely tried. It was the way she carried herself in the water — head down, with grace and ease.”

That is how “woke” — a term that includes amorality and irrationality — The New York Times has become.
Now let’s proceed to the college whose women’s team Thomas swims for, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and the colleges which have competed against Penn — Cornell and Harvard.

Like virtually every other university in America, and every other Ivy League college, the University of Pennsylvania threw its women swimmers under the bus. Not only did it not side with the women swimmers, nearly all of whom, according to reports, felt cheated when Thomas beat them in every race they competed, but it had no reaction to Thomas displaying male genitals in the women’s locker room.

As reported in the Daily Mail:

“‘We’re uncomfortable in our own locker room.’ Lia Thomas’ UPenn teammate tells how the trans swimmer doesn’t always cover up her male genitals when changing and their concerns go ignored by their coach…
“‘It’s definitely awkward because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women,’ one swimmer on the team told Daily Mail … Lia has told her teammates that she dates women.

“‘While Lia covers herself with a towel sometimes, there’s a decent amount of nudity,’ the swimmer said. She and others have had a glimpse at her private parts.
“She stated that team members have raised their concern with the coach, trying to get Thomas ousted from the female locker room, but got nowhere.

“‘Multiple swimmers have raised it, multiple different times,’ the UPenn swimmer said. ‘But we were basically told that we could not ostracize Lia by not having her in the locker room and that there’s nothing we can do about it, that we basically have to roll over and accept it, or we cannot use our own locker room.’

‘It’s really upsetting because Lia doesn’t seem to care how it makes anyone else feel,’ the swimmer continued. ‘The 35 of us are just supposed to accept being uncomfortable in our own space and locker room for, like, the feelings of one.'”
UPenn’s reaction:

“The school released a terse statement last month that it was offering mental health services to student-athletes.”
Of course, neither Cornell nor Harvard defended their women either.

And those women dare not speak out. They know their futures could be destroyed if they did. As one Penn swimmer told the Daily Mail, “I might go on the record, but I’m definitely a little afraid. What I’m afraid of is that potential employers will Google my name and see commentary about things I said and think, oh, this person’s transphobic.”

However, just in case some brave women were considering speaking out, the Daily Mail reported that the University of Pennsylvania is “prohibiting students from talking to the media.” One assumes Harvard and Cornell did the same.
In the meantime, the woke cowards of the Ivy League released this statement:

“The Ivy League reaffirms its unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all student-athletes while condemning transphobia and discrimination in any form.”

Ironically, Lia Thomas has rendered us a service. She has helped clarify the moral and intellectual state of the Ivy League and the New York Times, two formerly respected institutions. But, of course, that was a long time ago.

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Amanda
6 months ago

It is outrageous to have a male compete against females. Born a male-always going to be a male!! Follow the science!!!

Robert Batchelor
6 months ago

He can compete but to be correct and fair—he should only be competing against other “transgender” individuals. Since he does not identify as a male or female gender, he should not be competing against them. Again, he should only be competing against other “transgender” individuals.

Pat
6 months ago

I’m not sure I want to be part of this insane world anymore.

Mike
6 months ago

The Ivy League has made it clear that they oppose the first amendment.

Micala
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike

It also has proven that the IVY LEAGUE ARE NOT AS INTELLIGENT AS THEY PRETEND TO BE! BUT THEY HAVE ALSO SHOWN THEY CAN BE SWAYED BY A BUNCH OF ILLITERATE EGOTISTICAL “WOKE KIDS” WHO REALLY HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT THEY ARE DEMANDING! Stupid is as stupid does…

Micala
6 months ago

Lia is just “using” the idiotic transgender hypocrisy to not only beat the females on his team, but beat them down emotionally and mentally too! That is not only a MEGA CRIME TO THE FEMALES IN THEIR SPORTS BUT A HUGE SLAP IN THEIR FACE!

Shame Shame on you Ivy League Universities for being so dumbed down by the Woke generation instead of actually examining EXACTLY WHAT AND WHY LIA IS “PRETENDING” TO IDENTIFY AS A TRANSGENDER! He obviously can’t compete on the Male Sports team, so he is pretending to be female so he can beat every female he competes with on the Female Sports Team!!

COME ON NOW UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS!! You do not have to be a Rocket Scientist to figure this guy out! WHERE ARE YOUR UNIVERSITY SMARTS! You are a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT TO AMERICANS EVERYWHERE!!!!!

FYI: All male to female transgenders — even if they are on hormone therapy — STILL PRODUCE TESTOSTERONE WHICH MAKES THEIR MUSCLE STRUCTURE MUCH MUCH STRONGER THAN ANY FEMALE COMPETING WITH THEM! No female will ever beat a male to female transgender because of this physical attribute!
Also, even if a male to female transgender gets his privates removed and develops small breasts, everyone of HIS cell’s DNA says HE IS A MALE, NOT A FEMALE! NO TRANSGENDER WILL EVER BE 100% THE OPPOSITE SEX…EVER!

No one respects any University of higher learning that definitely does not know that ALL male to female trannies are twice as strong as any of their female team mates and SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN ANY FEMALE COMPETITION BUT SHOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE AGAINST “OTHER TRANSGENDERS”!

If those Universities cannot discern what is really happening with that Lia person who LOVES TO LET HIS GENITALS HANG OUT IN THE FEMALE LOCKER ROOMS. I WOULD MAKE SURE NO CHILD OF MINE — NOR MY FAMILY — NOR MY FRIENDS — NOR MY CO-WORKERS, ETC WILL EVER ATTEND AN INSTITUTION SO “DAFT” ABOUT HUMAN NATURE!! THAT UNIVERSITY IS TOO BUSY APPEASING THE WOKERS THAN WATCHING THE ACTIONS OF THAT ARROGANT PERVERTED MALE, Lia, WHO IS USING THAT INSTITUTION’S STUPIDITY TO HAVE HIS FUN THROWING HIS FAKE TRANSGENDER IDENTITY (and genitals) RIGHT IN THEIR FACES!!

No one should send their intelligent kids to a University that rather play WOKE GAMES than teach their students realities and respect for the opposite sex! You’d be better off sending your intelligent kids to a Local College instead of wasting your $$ on an arrogant, “WOKE-loving University” incapable of seeing how easily they are being played by a 100% MALE PRETENDING TO IDENTIFY AS A FEMALE IN ORDER TO COMPETE AS A FEMALE AND DEFEAT ANY OTHER FEMALE WHO WISHES TO COMPETE IN THEIR FEMALE SPORTS EVENTS! NOT FAIR UNIVERSITY! Your IGNORANCE is definitely showing!

OBVIOUSLY LIA COULDN’T CUT IT AS A MALE ATHLETE ON THE MALE SPORTS TEAM!!!!