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New York Times Science reporter Azeen Ghorayshi drew attention this week for her report on the Penn State swimmer. lia thomasthe transgender athlete who has fueled a national debate about whether transgender women should participate in women’s sports.
Thomas made headlines in recent months after repeatedly breaking swimming records just two years after competing as a biological male, defeating his female competitors.
In a report published Wednesday, Ghorayshi addressed the question “What defines a woman?”
“These thorny questions about the nature of athletics are not new to women’s sports,” Ghorayshi wrote. “They have arisen many times over the past century, usually when an athlete considered too masculine began to win. Sports authorities have relied on medical tests, whether anatomical, chromosomal or hormonal, to determine eligibility in the female categories, without requiring analogous tests. for men. But in the realm of elite physical performance, where extraordinary biology is the rule, science has never provided precise answers.”
The articles addressed controversies in women’s sports for decades with experts weighing in on the topic.
One expert, the director of the London Adult Gender Identity Clinic, Dr. James Barrett, suggested that transgender women might be at a disadvantage in some sports, given their heavier musculature, telling the Times: Trans women in general aren’t winning across the board… It’s not obvious that there’s necessarily an advantage at all.”
However, the Times reporter acknowledged, “Still, due to development during puberty, transgender athletes may have some lasting physical advantages in a sport like swimming, such as taller stature and larger hands and feet.”
Ghorayshi shared her report on Twitter, writing, “Lia Thomas is the most recent elite athlete in the last century to have been subjected to anatomical, chromosomal, or hormonal scrutiny to compete in women’s events. Anything they all had in common? They were winning.” “
Critics scoffed at Ghorayshi’s comment.
“‘Chromosomal Justice’ – ‘Elite Athlete’ – Lia Thomas had a lackluster performance when competing against men,” Fox News contributor Joe Concha reacted.
“It takes an enormous degree of credulity to believe that the scrutiny here is not a result of Thomas being a member of the men’s swim team at the same university in 2019,” wrote political commentator Drew Holden. “I just don’t understand how someone acting in good faith can equate the dubious use and application of female athletes’ testosterone testing with the rejection when someone who competed as a man three years ago now competes as a woman.”
“Please explain what ‘chromosomal scrutiny’ means,” The Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller told the Times reporter.
“We’ve finally found a way to trick feminists into defending men,” joked Substack writer Jim Treacher.