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Transgender swimmers Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig dominate Ivy League competition despite eligibility concerns
In the world of women's sports, sense has finally won out.
FINA, the world governing body for swimming, said on Sunday that biological men can no longer compete in women's events unless they "transitioned" before the age of 12.
In other words, transgender athletes who went through male puberty and got a lot of testosterone will no longer have an unfair advantage in women's competitions because they have bigger muscles, better lung capacity, and more height.
When Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, started beating the other swimmers, it was clear that something was wrong. When she swam with men, she wasn't very good, but when she switched to swimming with women, she became a star.
This year at the NCAA Championships, Thomas went from being ranked 554th among men in the 200 freestyle to being the fastest woman in the 500 freestyle.
Her teammates were so afraid of the oppressive environment created by gender extremists and their cowardly university that they had to stay quiet or complain anonymously.
But the FINA ban is a good sign that the gender madness we've been living through, which has hurt a whole generation of kids in a way that can't be fixed, is coming to an end.
And it is a slap in the face to the Biden administration, which has made a moral crusade out of gender ideology.
Joe Biden probably thought that his executive order last week, "Advancing Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Individuals," was a double winner.
It would give him social points during Pride Month, and it would be a poke in the eye for Ron DeSantis, who signed a law that says kindergarteners in Florida can't learn about sexual orientation and gender identity.
The president's extreme order goes against state laws that protect parents' rights and girls' sports, and it encourages children to take transgender drugs and have surgery.
But it will hurt him a lot at the polls when parents realize how badly cruel experiments on children have hurt them over the past nine years.
As more "detransitioners" who are now young adults tell their sad stories, the tide is turning.
Over the weekend, The Post told some of their stories. Chloe decided she was transgender when she was 12. When she was 13, she was put on puberty blockers and given testosterone, and when she was 15, she had a double mastectomy. By the time she was 16, she knew it was all a mistake. But testosterone made her jaw look more like a man's, widened her shoulders, gave her facial hair, and may have taken away her ability to have children.
She wants the bad things that have happened to her to be a "warning story" for other girls and their parents.
None of this is meant to belittle people who really do have gender dysphoria and feel trapped in the wrong body, and who have found peace through surgery and hormones as adults.
The number of 13–24-year-old transgender people in the US has nearly doubled since 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the number of gender clinics for children has grown rapidly.
Many young people who go to gender clinics are said to be autistic or have bad mental health, which makes it even worse that they are rushed to give them hormones and cut up their bodies.
We can see that doctors aren't being careful like they used to be during the "watchful waiting" era, when most kids grew out of gender confusion and some were just gay.
A recent story on Fox News about a transgender teen who "came out as a boy" at age five seemed to try to normalize the idea of transgender children who are very young. It was put in the form of the well-known activist slogan, "It's better to have a living son than a dead daughter."
This is disgusting emotional blackmail that is meant to scare parents by saying that their toddler will kill himself or herself if they don't give in to their whims about his or her gender.
In any case, a report from the Heritage Foundation that came out last week says that the data suggests that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones do not stop suicides and may even make the risk higher.
Heritage compared the annual suicide rates of young people in states that let them get cross-sex treatments without their parents' permission to those in states that don't. They found a difference after 2010, when puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones started to be used.
By 2020, the suicide rate for young people in states where treatment was easy to get was 14% higher than in states where parents had to agree to treatment.
"Easier access to puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones by minors actually made suicide rates worse. Science hasn't shown that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are needed to stop people from killing themselves. In fact, if anything, it shows the opposite."
The media has blindly repeated the emotional blackmail of gender activists, which has only served the interests of a multibillion-dollar trans-tech industry. In this industry, cynical pharmaceutical companies pump children with chemicals that cause cancer and ruin fertility to stop puberty or cause cross-sex traits.
None of this could happen without the help of doctors and nurses who are willing to ignore their most important duty: "Do not hurt the patient."
In a fair world, the doctors who cut off the breasts of teenagers and put harmful chemicals into their bodies would go to jail. Definitely, there will be class actions.