AMERICAN trans swimmer Lia Thomas broke six records at the weekend – and set off another round of nervously-hedged talk about the fairness of former males competing in female sport.
In the 500 metres, 22-year-old Thomas, a muscular six-footer competing for Pennsylvania University at the Ivy League women’s swimming and diving championships at the Harvard University pool in Boston , finished half a pool length ahead of the second-placed girl.
No biologically female competitor stood a chance of winning against him and qualifying for the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association championships next month, something for which the girls have trained since childhood.
Thomas is expected to triumph at these championships as well. But, while lips were pursed around the Harvard pool, none of the competing girls or their parents dared to break the omerta that surrounds his participation.
Transgender hysteria and the prospect of career-threatening reprisals by their universities against complaining students guaranteed that. Girls worry that a word out of place could be held against them when they apply for post-grad courses, or even jobs, when their studies are over.
The internet is a permanent public record and the transphobia police permanently look out for prey. Ivy League students who belong to the future elite in government, the media and finance, can easily be hounded into untouchability on social media.
This is quite simply intolerable, not least because the taboos about transgenderism largely lie outside the legal sphere. Its privilege arises from fear of being caught offending the unwritten laws of inclusivity and identity politics. Self-censorship ensures the orthodoxy of everyone who wants to keep a job, the prospects of a career and even friendships.
It’s no exaggeration to say that for its victims, trans enforcement resembles the Stalinist terror of the 1930s. The show trials are on social media and there are no physical executions, but the intimidatory effect is the same.
Hollywood loves to make films about the evils of McCarthyism, but here we are, repeating the same insidious pressures on freedom of speech.
Suzy Weiss attended the three-day swimming event and reported on Substack – where Americans go nowadays for independent news and analysis rather than to the liberal MSM, which automatically supports any trans cause so long as it is approved by progressive activists.
She talked to a father who said: ‘I see someone beating people badly and it’s not fair.’ But he also was sympathetic to Thomas who, when not racing, sat apart from the female students for whom the occasion was a festival of girly, adolescent enthusiasm for their sport.
‘I’m also seeing that people aren’t talking to her – her team mates aren’t encouraging her,’ he added. ‘She’s like an island alone. It can’t feel good to know that there’s nobody in the stands who is happy you won.’
This brings us to the question of how we integrate trans men into our society in ways that protect their civil rights without harming the civil rights of biological women.
The trans population of the UK is tentatively estimated at between 200,000 to 500,000. There are an estimated 1.4million trans people in the United States.
That is a lot of people and their numbers have been growing fast since Bruce Jenner came out as Caitlyn on a fraudulently glamorous Vanity Fair cover. If the trans population continues to expand, it will have to be accommodated and treated as a third sex with rights and also limits of its own that are clearly defined.
These would not include the right of big, powerful males such as Lia (ex-William) Thomas making a mockery of female sports which nowadays are mostly the same as those played separately by men.
If Thomas played in women’s football or rugby, or other contact sports, he could do a lot of physical damage to his slighter, lighter and frailer opponents. It’s hypocrisy to pretend that the rules should be different for swimming and athletics.
Trans men have their own beauty pageants in several countries. Cross-dressing in men is not an uncommon fetish, but it was absurd that a former male should have defeated 21 biological women to become Miss Nevada last year.
Men who undergo transgender procedures do not become female and it insults real women and the beauty of the female body when it is pretended they do. Tolerance and obliviousness to reality are not the same thing.
Activists compare the struggle for trans rights with that for gay marriage, but they’re not all the same thing. Gay marriage involved only the two people concerned; what was at stake was a principle.
Trans activists demand rights that affect everyone else. Their problem is that mostly they show us their unpleasant face. Transgendered people are not the enemy. It’s the extremists who are.
It’s unarguable that the trans community has forced its way into the mainstream. Trans girls are all over YouTube and have televisions series such as I Am Jazz and Always Jane, the latter on Amazon Prime.
The grotesqueness of this was illustrated by New York radio host Howard Stern, who enthused that Jane has ‘just gotten out of high school and she’s hot … nice titties’.
It got worse. Stern said: ‘They’re going to cut her cock off by episode four and that’s what I’m waiting for.’