2.26.2022

If I was the person in charge of the decision, I'd say any male who has completely transitioned... counseling, hormones and surgery... wants to live and compete as a female - absolutely. Welcome to the team. But no, going without a haircut and putting on a female swimsuit instead of a Speedo doesn't make you female.

Random chit-chat about Will Thomas - whom most know now as Lia Thomas, the supposedly trans-swimmer from University of Pennsylvania.  The one breaking all the women's records... swimming as a woman.  

Even though he is still biologically male... with all the parts.

When this first started making the news I found it mildly frustrating and interesting but I didn't waste my time pondering it too much.  At the time, not knowing much about the specifics (we had FAR more important things going on in life when he/she started making news), I just glossed over the articles - feeling frustrated that females were once again being told we weren't good enough (I touched on this previously when male models started to be featured wearing women's clothing, in women's fashion magazines - with their naturally skinny hips and thighs and body shape - letting us real women know that without literally starving ourselves almost to death, we'd never look as good in that pencil skirt as someone who naturally has no extra padding on hips, thighs, backsides, etc.

But this is about a swimmer who supposedly is trans... but wasn't at all anything but 100% male until a year ago.  He competed 3 years for the men's team.  Then everything shut down for Covid for a year and during that time he figured out if he swam as a female he could seem better because he'd be competing against females.  

So he grew out his hair longer... and decided to call himself 'Lia' instead of 'Will'.  That's it.  That's all that changed.   Suddenly everyone had to accept his 'new' identity and the women had to accept him (p*nis and all) into their locker rooms as well.  

Previously, Thomas competed for Pennsylvania’s men’s swimming team, competing for three years before having a year off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
– with her last event for the men’s team coming on November 16, 2019"

 


 

"......A trans swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, who previously spent three years competing in men’s competitions is now breaking records in women’s events.

She ‘blasted’ University of Pennsylvania records in the 200m freestyle and 500m freestyle at the event – posting times that beat almost any other female swimmers across America.

And with a time of 1:43:47 in the 200m freestyle, Thomas would have been in line to secure a silver medal at the NCAA Women’s Championships, while her 4:35:06 in the 500m freestyle would have been good enough to win bronze. 

This is the latest controversy in the ongoing argument over whether trans people should be allowed to compete in sports alongside athletes of the opposite gender than they were assigned at birth."   

"...Lia’s success at the event held last weekend has reignited the debate, as she was a key component in her team’s success in the 400 free relay, and she swept the board when it came to 100m, 200m and 500m free individual events. "

 

My pondering this over coffee this morning is coming from a couple different places.  

The first being that I'm good friends with someone who has daughters in competitive swimming.  It's a huge part of their life and college entrance for one of them was based on her swimming. Now swimming for her school at University.  I bite my tongue and say nothing on the subject because I can't change anything and my opinion doesn't matter... but I'd be furious if that was my daughter having to compete against in men in women's swimming.

Second place I'm coming from.  I know someone who DID transition to female.  He become she.  It was not a decision or action made quickly after swimming 3 years as a male, and then deciding to try  swimming his last year as a female simply by growing his hair longer. 

The son of an old friend is now the daughter of an old friend.  The transition was/is real.  He is now she... and although she did grow out her hair a bit longer, she also went through counseling, took hormones and completed surgery.  I've known her since she was about 9 years old.

There is no comparison between the person I know who truly did become trans-woman and the one who seemingly just decided literally spur-of-the-moment to demand to swim their senior year of college as a girl and make headline news and win medals.  

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Personally, if Will Thomas had shown an interest in being trans at any point earlier, had lived life as female at any point prior, had been in counseling, started hormones or was on the path of transitioning to male before he suddenly went from competing male to competing as a female, I'd accept it better.

And if I was the person in charge of the decision, I'd say any male who has completely transitioned... counseling, hormones and surgery... wants to live and compete as a female - absolutely.  Welcome to the team.  But no, going without a haircut and putting on a female swimsuit instead of a Speedo doesn't make you female.

This particular person just doesn't seem legit to me. 

 

 

But you know... my opinion really doesn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things and, it's just the coffee talking again anyway.