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Doctors Confirm That Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Has An Unfair Physical Advantage Over His Female Teammates

By Gina Florio··  3 min read
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Trans swimmer Lia Thomas rose rapidly through the ranks of women’s swimming when he abandoned his pronouns and demanded that everyone refer to him as a woman. Since then, the whole country has erupted into an argument about whether men belong in women’s sports (spoiler alert: they don’t).

Thomas was recently interviewed by Good Morning America and talked about his future dreams of competing in the Olympics as well as the differences that took place in his body and mind when he started taking hormone blockers. He has always tried his very best to make it sound like going through a “transition” has put him on an even playing field with his teammates, even though the results of his swim meets speak for themselves. Although there are multiple “experts” and popular voices who support Thomas and his efforts, there is finally a group of doctors willing to speak up publicly and state the obvious: Thomas will always have an unfair advantage over his female teammates. 

Doctors Finally Confirm That Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Has an Unfair Advantage over His Female Teammates

There is a long laundry list of ways that men and women differ from each other, including bone structure and density, muscle mass, wingspan, size of heart and lungs, cardiovascular capability, muscle twitch ability, etc. It doesn’t take a medical doctor to tell you that a man doesn’t belong in women’s sports. But unfortunately, we live in a society where common sense is thrown out the window and people need to hear things from experts that were simply accepted as fact a few short years ago. 

Lia Thomas was ranked 462nd on the men's team, but after transitioning onto the women's team, he has been raking in all sorts of medals and awards for his new success. Experts are finally willing to speak up and discuss why Thomas has an unfair advantage over his female teammates. A New York Times article featured an interview with Dr. Michael J. Joyner from the Mayo Clinic, who studies physiology in male and female athletes. He brings up the differences in testosterone levels. 

“There are social aspects to sport, but physiology and biology underpin it,” Dr. Joyner noted. “Testosterone is the 800-pound gorilla.” 

Even in the womb, boys generate levels of testosterone much differently than girls do, and we can’t forget that records for elite male swimmers are 10-12% faster than elite female swimmers. The physiological differences in men and women begin at conception, and no amount of hormone blockers can change that fact. “You see the divergence immediately as the testosterone surges into the boys,” Dr. Joyner said. “There are dramatic differences in performances.”

“Lia Thomas is the manifestation of the scientific evidence,” Dr. Ross Tucker, a sports physiologist, added. “The reduction in testosterone did not remove her biological advantage.”

It’s truly sad that we have to hear this from doctors to believe it. Thomas’ female teammate recently spoke up anonymously to say that UPenn made it clear to the women from the very beginning that Thomas’ participation on the team is “a non-negotiable.” We can only hope this madness ends soon and young female swimmers are granted their chance to compete fairly once again.

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