Former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines responded Monday to comments Lia Thomas made in an interview last week about the alleged «half-hearted support» she received from women who argue that only athletes born as girls should compete. against other women in sports.
The former University of Pennsylvania swimmer told Schuyler’s Dance podcast «Dear Schuyler» that some women wear the «guise of feminism to push transphobic beliefs.» She expressed her dismay at the support she received from her coming out as transgender in contrast to the outrage she received when she competed against biological women in women’s sports at the NCAA level during the 2021-22 season.
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Gaines responded to Thomas on the «Michele Tafoya Podcast.» The Kentucky alumnus tied Thomas in one of the NCAA Championship events last year.
«It just amazes me, honestly, when I hear that,» Gaines told Tafoya. «What I see, the words that come to my mind, is entitlement. It’s narcissism. It’s putting your own feelings, your own safety, your own privacy, your own justice, your own dignity, your own sanity, I could go on. .. Above anyone else you know you are the one that affects all those things for the majority of the population Women make up 51% of the world.
«Competing with us, Lia knew we didn’t feel comfortable in the locker room. Lia knew we were giving our chances to someone who had never earned the same accolades in the men’s division, but she didn’t care. It just shows complete disregard. by women, that is misogyny.
«Feminism and sex-based terms are not fluid. These are not terms that just change based on how you feel. And so totally change what the feminist movement is and what the feminist movement was started for, what represented in the ’90s which it really represented until about three years ago I think COVID was a big tipping point for a lot of these things these terms don’t change you can’t change them just because you feel like it so now I guess that I consider myself a feminist, something I would never have considered before. So, I call it a modern feminist, which means that women deserve respect. We deserve equal opportunity, and we don’t deserve to be overshadowed, ignored by men in the charade of being women».
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Thomas’ comments came as Republicans backed a House bill aimed at preventing biological men from competing as transgender athletes in women’s and women’s sports. The Biden administration has also proposed new additions to the Title IX rules to bar states from enacting similar bills.