In the wake of Lia Thomas, a biological male, dominating college women’s swimming, 11-time NCAA All-American swimmer Jeri Shanteau fiercely issued a “call to action” and called for a “political movement” to counter the presence of males in women’s sports, asserting, “If you care about women you should care about this cause. … Male bodies competing against women does not uphold what we believe in fairness of sport. And it will trickle down to everything else in life.”
Thomas utterly dominated the female swimmers at the University of Akron’s Zippy Invitational in early December, winning the 1650 free by a gargantuan 38 seconds ahead of the young woman finishing second, (as can be seen here), winning the 500 free by a whopping twelve seconds ahead of the woman finishing second, and winning the 200 free by a still-huge seven seconds.
Speaking with Sean Duffy on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle, “ Shanteau posited, “My message this evening is a call to action. And it is that what you see right now in women’s athletics is going to be the extinction of women’s sports in general. This is the beginning phases of what this looks like. We need people to understand what is going on in athletics. We need people to understand that this is a complete discrimination of women, and what is happening that we do not have our institutions and our universities and our governing bodies standing by. Watching this unfold is complete neglect.”
After Duffy bemoaned the lack of figures willing to take a public stand the way Shanteau was, she replied, “We live in a culture where people are scared. The cancel culture, people lose their livelihoods. The UPenn women did write a letter and they had to be anonymous because it’s scary for them, and what they’re risking , their entire livelihoods thereafter. It’s people like me who hopefully start a trend to encourage more people to speak up, anybody that can do anything.”
“This affects all of us,” she continued. “We have mothers and daughters and sisters and aunts; this is a women’s issue. If you care about women you should care about this cause. And unfortunately it’s really hard for everyone to speak out right now and I actually have empathy for their position. I take great responsibility in trying to speak up and do something and hopefully there will be a wave thereafter.”
Duffy referenced a Politico article earlier in December that reported, “The administration has indicated it plans to include in the new Title IX rules a range of protections for transgender students … including their rights to … participate in school sports.” He surmised, “This could actually become law, that transgender boys get to by law compete against women.”
“My reaction to that is the same reaction I’m having over all of this,” Shanteau replied. “How do we not understand that if we do not use sex as our identifier, we are going to make women obsolete in general, and not just in athletics? It is a standard in which we use, because male bodies competing against women does not uphold what we believe in fairness of sport. And it will trickle down to everything else in life.”
“Young women, what we are setting a standard for, if we do not do something now, we are going to look at young women and our daughters and we are going to say, ‘No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, it will not matter and you do not matter,’ she declared. “That is the message that societally we are preparing ourselves to send to the next generation across the board if we do not do something now. And we need a political movement. We need people to care. We need laws enacted to help the discrimination that is happening against women currently.”