He may as well have said, “Don’t let your lying eyes deceive you.”
Because the proof was right there in front of a decidedly woke man and a refreshingly un-woke woman who were seen on video arguing in the bleachers about transgender swimmer Lia Thomas — a biological male who identifies as female — who was at that very moment, in the process of destroying the competition at the NCAA women’s swimming championships Thursday.
What are the details?
As Thomas was far out in front of female swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries — the University of Pennsylvania athlete later won the NCAA finals in the event amid booing — the pair appeared to be in the middle of a debate. The woman asked the masked man, “So you’re saying that his body is the same as the girls in the pool?”
The man argued back: “Every body is different.”
“No, no,” the woman replied. “So, you’re saying he doesn’t have male organs?”
He? Uh oh. That’s on the left’s list of fighting words. The guy then dutifully corrected the woman’s misgendering, saying “she” with some emphasis in reference to Thomas and adding that the woman was “twisting words.”
“I’m a woman; that is not a woman,” his adversary declared. “Do you have ovaries?”
Apparently uncomfortable answering the question, he tried to turn the tables on her: “Can I ask you a question?”
Then out it came: “Are you a biologist?”
(Read: If you haven’t been trained in an accredited institution of higher learning in the biological sciences and don’t work full-time as a biologist, then you have no authority to say what a man is or a woman is. Because science.)
“Oh my god, don’t be ridiculous!” the woman shot back. “I’m not a vet, but I know what a dog is. You rely on stupid arguments because you don’t have an argument. I’m not an astrophysicist, but I know what space is.”
The guy — who may have been the captain of his high school debate team, we’re checking on that — quietly replied, “Yeah, but that doesn’t mean you know how space works. I’m happy to have a real conversation with you if you’d like.”
The woman had enough: “If you don’t think this is going to destroy women’s sports, if this is alright with you, then I’m sorry, but it’s insane. Absolutely insane.”
Thomas, who was favored to win the 500-yard freestyle, finished that championship race in 4:33.24 — the fastest time in the NCAA this season, the 11th fastest time in NCAA history, and 16th fastest time ever, SwimSwam said.
The second-place finisher — Emma Weyant, a University of Virginia freshman — clocked a career-best time of 4:34.99. But that wasn’t enough to eclipse Thomas, who beat Weyant by almost two seconds and more than a full body length. Not incidentally, Weyant won the silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2020 Olympic Games — long before Thomas was making national headlines.
Thomas on Friday qualified for the NCAA women’s final in the 200-yard freestyle, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. EST.