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The Transgender Lie and How Young Girls Are Being Hurt

Feminist support for women in sports is largely absent
Ontario, California -- Thomas Lia was a male swimmer who ranked number 462 (554th in the 200 free). He made the decision to compete in women’s swimming, had hormone treatments and changed his name to Lia Thomas. While some liberal news outlets have compared his stance with civil rights heroes of the past, others are not so quick to jump on the bandwagon and see this as blatant cheating.
Biological females who compete against Lia and even some swim officials decry the unfairness of allowing a biological male to take hard-won spots away from women. Cynthia Millen, a 30-year USA Swimming official, resigned in December 2021, saying she hoped others in the sport would agree that Thomas has an unfair advantage. Others are speaking out, teammates, competitors, and parents.
Last week, the Penn swimmer won the women's 500-yard freestyle championship to become the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history. According to Denise Shick, an expert in transgender issues, allowing men to compete against women sets women’s sports back decades. She’s the author of Moving Forward in Hope: A Devotional for Families of LGBTQ+ Loved Ones. Shick’s dad went through hormone therapy and later regretted it, as so many do.
Women are more than 10 percent slower in the pool, due to biological differences. Regardless of hormone therapy, this presents an unfair advantage for someone born as a male. Shick says, allowing a male to compete against women is cheating. News media that think it is admirable are failing to consider the implications for other collegiate sports like basketball or soccer. Ironically, women’s advocacy groups have been largely silent, perhaps afraid of LGBTQ backlash. But for Shick, she says the answer for reclaiming women’s sports is going to hinge on whether biological women refuse to compete against biological males. They need to take back their sports.
Shick says we’ve replaced reason and biology with feelings, and this is killing the future of many young girls who want to compete. No matter how hard we try, we will never erase the way God created us, she says. When we start tinkering with biological reality, we are heading into dangerous territory with significant implications.

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