In a nutshell: in swimming, female athletes no longer need to worry about being humiliated by an athlete who went through puberty as a male.
The athlete whose post-transition name is Lia Thomas made headlines by crushing women’s records and leaving competitive female athletes to flounder in the wake trailing behind Thomas.
That led to an international conversation about the future of women’s sport, with many legitimately wondering if the continued existence of that future was now in doubt.
This was further complicated by Thomas has only recently switched to competing as a female in these events after an unimpressive result in men’s events.
The numbers don’t lie:
Lia Thomas used to be ranked 554th in the 200 freestyle, 65th in the 500 freestyle and 32nd in the 1650 freestyle in Penn men’s championship which was held in 2018/19. She is now an NCAA top fighter in all of those events if she competes in them at the collegiate championships. —VimBuzz
Would such a dramatic jump in status and a shot at an Olympic medal prove tempting for athletes trying to gain an advantage?
The oversight body for competitive swimming has laid down a ruling on this issue, which basically bans Thomas (and others) from competing against women who went through puberty as female.
FINA members widely adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. The organization also proposed an “open competition category.”
“This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair,” James Pearce, who is the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, told The Associated Press.
“They’re not saying everyone should transition by age 11, that’s ridiculous. You can’t transition by that age in most countries and hopefully, you wouldn’t be encouraged to. Basically, what they’re saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage.” — NYPost
This is hardly a new problem in sports. The Guardian listed a number of such stories several years ago. Here is one example from the 1930s.
In the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Adolf Hitler wanted to show the world the supremacy of the Aryan race – and he needed German athletes to win. Ratjen, notable for her deep voice and her refusal to share the shower room with the other female athletes, was Germany’s entry for the women’s high jump. She came fourth. Britain’s competitor, Dorothy Tyler, who won a silver medal, remembers her. “I had competed against Dora and I knew she was a man,” she says. “You could tell by the voice and the build. But ‘she’ was far from the only athlete. You could tell because they would always go into the toilet to get changed. We’d go and stand on the seat of the next-door cubicle or look under the door to see if we could catch them.” Tyler held the world record for the high jump, but when officials wrote to her telling her that Ratjen had broken it, she wrote back. “I said: ‘She’s not a woman, she’s a man,'” she says. “They did some research and found ‘her’ serving as a waiter called Hermann, so I got my world record back again.” Dora, who had been born Hermann Ratjen, had in fact been a member of the Hitler Youth and said that the Nazis had forced him to enter as a woman.
The Olympic committee is already incensed over this decision, naturally.
But former-decathlete-Bruce-turned-influencer-Caitlyn Jenner is 100% behind it.
Where future trends in other sports will go remains to be seen.
The activists are counting on us being cowed into silence. They want to make cowards of us. It’s up to us to decide if we’ll let them.
by Doug Giles
Beginning in March 2020, many Christians went into lockdown-freak-out mode.
They “socially distanced” themselves from corporate worship and from pretty much everyone and everything else, except, of course, liquor, and grocery stores.
Uncut, irrational, unbiblical, and not to mention, unconstitutional, fear gripped many churches and church leaders.
Should pastors publicly repent if they obeyed Fauci in regard to how they conducted their ministry instead of adhering to the clear commands of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
That’s a legit question, eh?
Get your copy of Dear Christian: Your Fear Is Full of Crap now. Better yet, grab an extra copy for any petrified pastor who dutifully put obedience to the unconstitutional edicts of Mayor McCheese ahead of obedience to the explicit commandments of the LORD God Almighty.