The right of trans individuals to participate in women’s sports is a controversial topic. Recently, the topic received yet another chapter as transgender swimmer, Lia Thomas, won her second Ivy League title this week with a record-setting effort.
Thomas won the 200-meter freestyle competition with a record-breaking time of 1:43.12, beating the second-place Samantha Shelton by over 2.5 seconds.
Previous best record was standing at 1:43.78. Her record-breaking time came a day after she won the Ivy League’s 500-meter freestyle. She set another record doing it – 4:37.32 .
Thomas previously swam as a male for three years at U Penn before transitioning to female. She was permitted to compete this season after undergoing testosterone suppression treatment for over a year. It is reported she retains the genitalia and gonads still, making her female teammates uncomfortable.
Despite undergoing various treatments to suppress her testosterone before competing, some still disagree with her participation against female athletes. This is due to a physical advantage resulting from going through puberty as a man.
From a friend:
1) 2019, WILL Thomas in men’s finals – the difference between 1st and 7th was almost 8s.
2) 2022, LIA Thomas (in green, women in black) in women’s finals – the difference between 1st and 2nd was 7.5s. The difference between 2nd and 8th was almost 8s. pic.twitter.com/zsObNlCfpq
— Emily Kreps (@ekreps) February 19, 2022
One of the opposing voices is Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner had won an Olympic gold medal in the 1976 decathlon as Bruce Jenner. Jenner has a unique perspective having dealt with gender dysphoria while being an elite athlete. She slammed Thomas in an appearance on Fox News.
“[Lia Thomas] is also not good for women’s sports,” Jenner said. “It’s unfortunate that this is happening. I don’t know why she’s doing it. She knows when she’s swimming she’s beating the competition by two laps. She was born as a biological boy. She was raised as a biological boy. Her cardiovascular system is bigger. Her respiratory system is bigger.
“Her hands are bigger. She can swim faster. That’s a known. All of this is woke world that we’re living in right now is not working. I feel sorry for the other athletes that are out there, especially at Penn or anyone she’s competing against, because in the woke world you have to say, ‘Oh my gosh, this is great.’ No it’s not.”
Penn’s Lia Thomas beat out another transgendered individual Yale’s Iszac Henig (female to male) in the 100 free at the Ivy League Championship on Saturday night. Another record was smashed with this victory. It’s the third individual win for Thomas during the week.
USA Swimming updated its policy February 1st of this year. They now require transgender athletes who are competing at an elite level to have small levels of testosterone – reportedly half of what Thomas was allowed to compete with – for at least 36 months before being eligible to compete.
Distance between Lia Thomas and 2nd place finisher in the Ivy League Championship. https://t.co/femJs4yomk pic.twitter.com/nBYZubMl1X
— Misha Fitton ????????️??? (@MishaFitton) February 20, 2022
Rogan was recently a guest on podcast of fellow comedian Tim Dillon and addressed the matter:
“Unlike like this swimmer. Was it UPenn? Is that what it is? The swimmer that’s like lapping all these biological women, that’s f—-d because they don’t have a choice they have to compete. “
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.