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Since 1987, America has recognized March as Women’s History Month. In this year’s proclamation, President Biden wrote that the event “provides an opportunity to honor the generations of trailblazing women and girls who have built our Nation, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a people.”
Truly a noble effort. But in 2022, nothing can be so simple. We can’t even agree what a “woman” is, let alone “history” or “month.”
The latest example occurred during the hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R–Tenn.) asked the nominee, “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman?'”
I’ve written elsewhere about this fellow, the guy who poses as a woman and crushes the hopes and dreams of real female college athletes. Finally one woman has come out publicly to complain about it, as reported in this blunt but excellent piece in the Spectator:
Reka Gyorgy showed commendable courage this weekend for finally speaking out against the National College Athletic Association’s rules regarding trans competitors. The Virginia Tech swimmer and Olympian was bumped out of a finals spot in the 500 free due to transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas’s participation.
I’ve written before about how much I appreciate Bari Weiss’s reporting, including her Honestly podcast. Hers is currently the only Substack publication for which I am a paying subscriber. I think she is important, a loud voice — albeit from the left — for free speech and open discussion of topics the left would generally like to have censored.
Her podcast today is about Lia Thomas, the man who swims on the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team. This is obviously a sensitive topic: Say the wrong thing and, if you’re a public figure, you can expect to be canceled; if you’re just a regular person, anticipate abuse directed at you and, in this case, your daughter if she happens to swim on the team with Mr. Thomas.