University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas thinks he is Jackie Robinson.
“She compares herself to Jackie Robinson,” an anonymous teammate told the Washington Examiner.
Born a biological male who went by Will for nearly two decades, Thomas now competes against female swimmers as a woman called Lia. So Thomas is right, that is groundbreaking by definition. But it’s hardly admirable like Robinson’s legacy.
And unfortunately, Thomas won’t be the last male to take on female competitors after he couldn’t cut it against other men. Every spot a female athletics team gives to a biological male, like Thomas, takes a position away from a female. Where are the Title IXers on this? The feminists? The blue checks? We can’t find them. They are hiding.
So long as they refuse to acknowledge the detrimental effect Thomas has had on women’s swimming, Thomas will continue to break women’s swimming records.
Thomas certainly won’t stop himself. In fact, Thomas finds this all rather amusing. His teammate describes him as arrogant and unfeeling around the team.
“She laughs about it and mocks the situation. Instead of caring or showing that she cares about what she’s doing or what she’s doing to her teammates, she’s not sympathetic or empathetic at all. Lia never addressed our team. She never asked if it was OK. She never asked how we felt. She never tried to explain how she feels. She never has said anything to us as a group. She never addressed anything.”
Sadly, it doesn’t matter how the women feel. They are voiceless because they are afraid. They speak up only anonymously. #GirlPower no more. Thomas’ actions silence women.
Jackie Robinson brought all sports forward for everybody, but “Lia” Thomas is taking female sports backward. Perhaps so far back that they won’t have a future. That’s what will happen if leagues like the NCAA allow men to compete against women. Women’s sports will cease to exist. That’ll be Lia Thomas’ legacy.