Trans rights have been a hotly debated topic over the past week or so, after Lia Thomas, a trans athlete, won the women’s 500-yard freestyle at the United States college championships.
Whilst Lia Thomas may identify as a woman, she was born a male and her body developed through puberty as a male. It shouldn’t be controversial or up for debate that a biological male is a man. When my kids were born, the midwife took one look at them and said, “It’s a boy” and she was 100% correct.
This debate even made it to the Chamber for the annual International Women’s Day debate, where my colleague, Sir Bernard Jenkin, dared to suggest that a woman is an adult female human. Again, Sir Bernard is 100% correct. Just as a biological male is a man, a biological female is a woman. Each gender has fundamental biological differences, and they cannot compete on a level playfield against each other.
It is not fair on women that have trained for years to be the very best at what they do to be forced to compete against trans athletes. It also is not fair that women’s safe spaces – public toilets, hospital wards and prisons – are open to biological male use. Violence against women is nearly always committed by men but more and more violence against women is being committed by those who identify as women but are biological males.
Women make up 50% of the global population, and yet their rights to fairly compete and safely use public facilities are being threatened in order to pander to the, yes very loud, but tiny percentage of the population.
I posted Olympic silver medallist, Sharron Davies’, Mail on Sunday article on my Facebook page which argues for fair sport for females. Approximately 900 people have liked the post – the vast majority being women. Athletes are scared to speak out, yet women agree with Sharron who actually speaks for the majority of the population.
Women deserve to feel safe. Women deserve to work hard and be the best at what they do, without being beaten by a biological male it would be impossible for them to fairly compete against. If an athlete cheats by taking performance enhancing drugs, they are banned from competing. I would argue that biological men competing against biological women gives the trans athlete an even bigger advantage, yet this is being allowed by the International Olympic Committee.
This is not about excluding trans athletes from competing. This is about defending 50% of our population who should be allowed to compete fairly and be rewarded for their hard work. Lia Thomas has jumped from competing pretty averagely in the male category – 554th as a man – to 1st in the women’s category. Surely it is obvious that Lia Thomas’ win was not about being the best athlete. She won because she is biologically male.
Women deserve better and the vast majority of the population agree.