Lia Thomas Mansplains What Feminism Means To People Who Don't Want Him To Compete In Women's Sports: "You Can't Have That Half-Support"

William Thomas changed his name to Lia and quickly dominated women's collegiate swim. Now he's telling feminists that they must support his sports career.

By Gina Florio2 min read
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William Thomas was ranked 462nd in men's swimming at the University of Pennsylvania. He decided to grow out his hair, take some hormone blockers, change his name to Lia, and join the women's swim team instead. Lia started breaking records and winning awards, all the while swinging around his male genitals in the women's locker room. What followed was a divide in the culture, resulting in one camp of people who pretended as if Lia was a victim for not being accepted as a trans woman while the other refused to go along with the charade of a trans-identified man stealing opportunities and awards away from hard-working female athletes. Lia has also been caught red-handed on social media expressing interest in BDSM and kink, pornographic cartoons featuring underage girls, and watching male athletes crush in the skulls of women. Much of his online activity has resulted in people accusing him of having autogynephilia, a paraphilia, which is a type of mental illness or mental distress that causes some kind of mapping error of internal desire.

"To cut all the nuance away, it's basically a male-bodied individual who's mapped his entire sexual desire onto himself as a female," explained Masha Jagasdottir, an expert in childhood development and social services, in a YouTube video. "And the draw in that comes from the fact that it's the only woman that he'll ever be able to control completely, is his own body. So he wants the embodied feeling of suppressing and humiliating a woman."

Despite Lia's seemingly sick desires, he is still claiming that he is a victim of transphobia. In a recent podcast interview, he slammed feminists who refuse to support his participation in women's sports.

Lia Thomas Mansplains What Feminism Means to People Who Don't Want Him to Compete in Women's Sports

On a podcast called "Dear Schuyler," Lia demanded that feminists support him swimming against women—or else they're not really feminists at all. He says it's not enough for feminists to say they respect his identity as a "trans woman" while they insist it's unfair for him to compete against women.

"You can't really have that sort of half support where you're like, 'I respect her as a woman here but not here,'" Lia declares. "They're using the guise of feminism to sort of push transphobic beliefs. And I think a lot of people in that camp sort of carry an implicit bias against trans people but don't want to fully manifest or speak that out and so they try to play it off as this sort of half support."

The host, who is a self-identified trans person that competed in collegiate men's sports, claims that these people "reduce women to reproductive capacity," which she believes is "extremely anti-feminist."

"I don't want to put those women down because I see pain," she continues. "I see pain and the pain is coming from somewhere. It's not you, though. It's the patriarchy. How can we get people to see that?"

It's amusing to watch the mental gymnastics it takes to claim that the patriarchy is responsible for feminists not wanting a man to take away opportunities and medals from female athletes who have been working hard for years to get to where they are and are at a clear disadvantage when competing against men, regardless of whether they identify as trans or have received multiple rounds of hormone therapy. Ironically, Lia is sitting in front of a microphone talking about feminism and insisting that women who oppose his participation in sports aren't actually feminist enough; what he's actually doing is mansplaining what feminism is, because apparently these women aren't living up to his expectations.

The claim from the host Schuyler that these feminists are just in "pain" also highlights the radical left's go-to tool: fake compassion. These two trans-identified people feign concern for feminists who don't want to give up the same-sex spaces they fought so hard for, as if their concerns aren't valid or real—they're just emotional and hurt by their past. It doesn't get anymore misogynistic than that.