WHEN Lia Thomas stood on the podium as the 500-yard freestyle champion in Atlanta, Georgia, she brought the long-running controversy surrounding women’s sport to an international crescendo.
Competition authorities, politicians and individual athletes can no longer sideline calls for clarity and precision about what makes a woman a woman.
Lia, 6ft 3in, was ranked No. 554 among male swimmers until she made the switch in 2019, skipping to the women’s No. 1 on Friday night, knocking out five biological women from the top spots.
Her legacy of male puberty features stronger muscles, bigger lungs, bigger hands, and a longer reach that none of her biologically female rivals can match.
Lia, towering over runner-up Emma Weyant, was booed by some onlookers. Emma, a silver medalist from Tokyo, received loud cheers.
Some poolside comments make controversial reading at a time when journalists, broadcasters and politicians must step on verbal eggshells.
Not so Kellie-Jay Keen, a British activist who competed in Atlanta, who rejects the idea that an athlete born a man can simply choose to compete as a woman. Keen was recorded telling another viewer: “I’m a woman. That’s not a woman.”
When asked if she was qualified as a biologist to speak about Lia’s gender, her response went viral: “I’m not a vet, but I know what a dog is.”
Some will recall that Kellie-Jay was prevented by Liverpool police from showing the dictionary definition of a woman – ‘adult female human’ – outside a Labor Party rally.
Creator of Harry Potter JK Rowling similarly sparked a cyber frenzy after mocked attempts to rebrand women as “people who menstruate.”
She tweeted: “I’m sure there used to be a word for these people. someone help me whoops wimpund? woomud?”
Amazingly, the author transformed mediocre actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson found millionaire Hogwarts heroes publicly distancing themselves from their alleged “transphobia.”
There is no middle ground in this debate. dissent is hate.
Women feel they are already fighting an uphill battle against abuse, rape and male violence. They fight to maintain hard-won privacy and safe spaces free from invasions by biological males.
They resent having to share toilets and changing rooms with tall, hairy people, no matter how much they identify as women.
Female prisoners want separate cells. Patients are demanding same-sex wards.
Now, after Lia’s win, those demands extend to the athletic arena, where women want either women-only events or an asterisk to denote trans competitors in open competitions.
Her objections are shared by many trans men and trans women—including CaitlynJennerwho won Olympic gold as a male decathlete before making the switch in 2015 and appearing on the cover of Playgirl as the world’s most famous transgender woman.
Your argument is simple – but hotly debated. Females are genetically defined by “XX” chromosomes, males by “XY” chromosomes.
Organic men have a penis, testicles, and naturally high levels of testosterone, which increases their strength and endurance. Biological women don’t.
Now, international elite athletes, from American tennis legend Martina Navratilova to British swimming sensation Sharron Davies, are looking to crystallize the definition of women’s sport once and for all.
They want a clear distinction between athletes who were born women and rivals who started life with all the physical advantages of a man.
Sharron yesterday blasted the “cowardly” International Olympic Committee for tinkering with the rules to allow trans women to compete after testosterone suppression, only to have them give up altogether.
“Last year they dropped testosterone suppression and prioritized the enrollment of transgender athletes over fair sport for women, thereby discriminating against half the world’s population,” she told the Mail on Sunday. That was cowardly and helped create this situation.”
Politicians don’t help. Labour’s Keir Starmer, Yvette Cooper and Diane Abbott are passing the buck and the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon would be happy to see everyone switch at taxpayers’ expense.
But on Friday Secretary of State Liz Truss dipped a toe in that shark-infested sea.
She told Tory supporters on Saturday: “Now is the time to end the culture of self-doubt, the constant self-questioning and introspection, the ludicrous debates about language, statues and pronouns.”
It was a very small toe. And these are very deep waters.
BORIS JOHNSON has dared to compare freedom-loving Ukrainians to Brits who voted for Brexit, sending foam-spotted Tory Remainiacs, Lib Dem Rejoiners and Labor hysterics on the hunt for their smelling salts.
“It’s shameless, distasteful, offensive,” honked Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves.
But not only the Brexit voters called Brussels “the new Soviet Union”.
Talk to the Greeks who were crushed under the heel of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the 2009 financial crisis. Or the Italians, Hungarians or Poles today.
Or to the Ukrainians themselves. They are already being sold by Germany, which wants a quick armistice.
An early ceasefire means a pathetic surrender to Russia. Or, for the EU, peace at any price.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18012277/transgender-lunacy-trevor-kavanagh/ Finally, we stand up to the transgender craze