In a gripping interview with Sports Illustrated, Lia Thomas, the transgender collegiate swimmer, boldly asserted, “I am a woman, just like anybody else on the team.” However, let us acknowledge the truth and dispel the illusion: Lia is not a woman, and Lia’s presence on the women’s swimming team is far from ordinary. It is essential to confront this fallacy and put an end to such misguided notions that have persisted for far too long.
We cannot deny the indisputable reality that Lia is not and will never be a woman. No matter how Lia chooses to identify, dress, or refer to oneself, the biological facts remain unchanged. Lia possesses male genitalia, lacks breasts, cannot conceive or produce eggs, and does not experience a menstrual cycle or menopause. These are undeniable scientific truths, and as we have learned over the past two years, it is imperative that we trust in science.
Lia’s proclamation of womanhood, coupled with the publication of an article in Sports Illustrated celebrating it, should raise alarm bells. Authentic gender transition cannot be achieved merely through words. Embracing such a fantasy will inflict irreparable harm upon women, jeopardizing their opportunities in every sphere of society. While individuals have the right to self-identify, the rights and opportunities of biological females must not be infringed upon. Real women should not be forced to endure sacrifices for Lia Thomas’ personal identification.
“I belong on the women’s team because I am a woman,” Lia confidently declared in the interview, demanding the same respect as any other athlete. However, let us be clear: Lia is not a woman, as confirmed by Lia’s anatomy and physiology. Respect should not be granted automatically; it must be earned. In the realm of competitive sports, athletes do not typically compete against opponents who possess different biological attributes. As the saying goes, respect is something that must be deserved.
For Lia to claim to be “just like anybody else on the team” is a delusion. No other member of the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swimming team transitioned from the men’s team after three years. None of the other female athletes possess the bone structure of a male, the increased skeletal muscle percentage that post-pubescent male bodies have, or the larger hearts proportionate to body size. And certainly, none of the other female swimmers enjoyed the height advantage that Lia Thomas possesses.
Lia Thomas epitomizes a larger issue surrounding transgender individuals in society—a sense of entitlement. While the initial objective of the transgender rights movement was to secure equality and acceptance, it has devolved into a toxic crusade advocating for privilege and prioritization. This distorted narrative encourages actions like Lia Thomas’ self-declaration as a woman, despite the undeniable truth stating otherwise.
Moreover, while Lia seeks respect, it is crucial to acknowledge the disrespect that Lia’s teammates have faced. They have been deprived of fair athletic competition due to Lia’s participation. They have been subjected to male nudity in their locker room, compromising their privacy. They have been denied rightful championship titles in certain events as Lia consistently achieves faster times. While Lia deserves respect, it is equally important for Lia Thomas to reciprocate that respect to others—especially the women who have lost their rights to accommodate Lia’s aspirations.
The case of Lia Thomas highlights an important cultural dilemma. Transgender individuals should not endure discrimination, harassment, or violations of their civil rights. However, we must not allow transgender propaganda to rewrite scientific truths or dismantle societal norms. Unfortunately, this is precisely what is occurring. Pronoun declarations, the proliferation of numerous genders, the invention of new words in the English language, and the vilification of dissenting opinions do not promote equality or respect. Instead, they contribute to societal suppression.
Let us be clear: Lia Thomas is not a woman; Lia Thomas is transgender.