There’s been a lot of attention paid to Lia Thomas this week, as she became the first openly transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I national championship. As Twitchy reported, there was an iconic photo of Thomas standing on the winner’s podium, while the biological females who came in second, third, and fourth made their own:
This photo sums it up. pic.twitter.com/0AmlThG4EA
— EJ (@Ejmiller25) March 18, 2022
He doesn’t have a fancy blue check, but we want to bring in school social worker Justin Spiro, because he reminds us that whatever we think about biological men competing in girls’ sports, we should have the discussion as if there were a transgender person in the room — plot twist! — because one probably is.
We should have done a post on it, but there was a graph from the New York Times going around recently comparing actual statistics — e.g., what percentage of the population is black — with what people polled believed. Either that, or embattled author Abigail Shrier is right, and school-age girls are all calling themselves trans now.
How about discussing it as if a biological female athlete were in the room.
“One probably is.” Oh yes. So common. One in every three or four people thinks they were born with the wrong body parts. pic.twitter.com/gfluPdiGEb
— Jesse Pinkman’s Roomba (@corrcomm) March 19, 2022
This is so damn patronising. Many also disagree. Are they in the same room as you?
— Pendle (@quietlyaway) March 18, 2022
We will discuss the topic in whatever way we please, thanks Justin.
— 🦖 Hannah Kay 🦖 (@Mumoftwo1329) March 18, 2022
I'd happily tell a transgender person that I support their rights, pronouns, etc and still ardently stand against what Lia Thomas is doing. And I bet most of them would agree.
— Andrew (@MitchRapp_) March 18, 2022
Yep, exactly. Turns out it's possible to hold two logical thoughts simultaneously.
— Dustin L Stout™ ⓥ (@dustinlstout) March 18, 2022
I'd like it discussed as if a woman was in the room, a woman who matters because it seems as if with all this, we don't
— Berath #FBPE 🇬🇧🇬🇭🎲🌈🦊 (@Berathe) March 18, 2022
Probably is? Dude, you’re really bad at math.
— The H2 (@TheH2) March 19, 2022
I don't think rooms hold as many people as you're assuming in this tweet.
— FLERP! (@FLERP8) March 18, 2022
Huh? One probably is in the room? We must hang out in different types of rooms
— reryseena (@nyr_section223) March 19, 2022
Are there any women in this room?
— Sall Grover (@salltweets) March 19, 2022
Intelligent women saw through that "Be Kind" anaesthetic years ago. So here's an idea: how about the NCAA talk about their obliteration of women's swimming as if there are intelligent women in the room…because there are, and we're organizing.
— BiologicalWimpund 🇺🇦 #KPSS (@WimpundB) March 18, 2022
Any woman can talk about how gender ideology erodes womens rights, without having to be careful not to offend those who are responsible for the erosion of womens rights, and if these people are in the room, so much the better to hear the truth.
— Marley McDermott (@kilgefin) March 19, 2022
Nope. Sugarcoating and handling people with kid gloves is what got us into this mess.
— ScubaJack (@Here4Sports88) March 18, 2022
Please discuss the topic as if Virginia's Emma Weyant is in the room.
— Prof Lisa Sargese, M.A., M.T.S, CH (@amidala64) March 18, 2022
The second-place finisher? Yeah, good idea.
Let’s have a conversation where NCAA women swimming athletes are in that room also, asking the questions.
— ChiefBurningWhispers (@krhendo) March 19, 2022
No. Women don’t need to change their language just because one man might find it offensive. Just no. We need our language to stand up for our rights.
— Passie (@Passie_Kracht) March 19, 2022
It's so symptomatic of the whole thing. "Let him on your team, the poor kid has a rough time". They're counting on us to be compassionate in areas they never would be expected to themselves. And then shame us as mean when we object. It's so condescending and infuriating.
— Jette Gnudtzmann (@gnudtzmann) March 19, 2022
I don’t adjust my speech when there is a man about, thanks.
— Annie Kenneysaurus (@lennysperson) March 18, 2022
How about discussing it in the women-only section of the spa with a naked trans woman sitting across from your young daughters. That caused weeks of protests, with even Antifa getting involved and punches being thrown. Let’s have that discussion.
Caitlyn Jenner responds to being accused of ‘another disgraceful attack on trans athletes’ https://t.co/kYpXRmsThN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 18, 2022