Swimmers Pool Their Resources To Fight Trans Onslaught

Tony Perkins

For parents in the stands of last weekend's Ivy League swim meet, there was only one way to describe it: "messed up." In the 48 hours since Saturday's head-to-head match-up of two "transitioning" athletes (one male-to-female, another female-to-male), most of the sports world is still rattled. Moms and dads who were there to witness it say they still can't shake the image of one of the swimmers, Yale's Iszac Henig, pulling down the top of her suit to reveal the scars from a recent mastectomy. "I wasn't prepared for that," one shaken University of Pennsylvania parent told a reporter. "I can't wrap my head around this."

And they aren't the only ones. Everywhere, news outlets were still trying to process the fallout of a biological boy on female hormones, University of Pennsylvania's Lia Thomas, beating out biological girls at the beginning of the season -- smashing program, pool, and meet records. Thomas, who swam for three years on U. Penn's men's team, took the girl's sport by storm in 2021 after announcing to the school that he was now identifying as transgender. By that point, parents were beside themselves, firing off letters to the NCAA and the university demanding that something be done. "At stake here is the integrity of women's sports," they argued. "The precedent being set -- one in which women do not have a protected and equitable space to compete -- is a direct threat to female athletes in every sport."

The association didn't respond -- a silence it may not have the luxury to repeat after this weekend when, as one parent said, "A man just crushed the women's team." Then, making an already uncomfortable situation even more bizarre, Henig, a female transitioning to a male (but still swimming on the girls' team), beat him. If you're wondering what the world is coming to, you're not alone! Suddenly, the entire debate over women's sports and our inherent biological differences has exploded -- and cancel culture or not -- fewer Americans are shying away.

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