Bethany Hamilton’s Stand
This month, the World Surf League announced it will allow transgender-identifying men to compete in its women’s surfing competitions.
John StonestreetJared Eckert
This month, the World Surf League announced it will allow transgender-identifying men to compete in its women’s surfing competitions. The new policy made an even bigger splash when “Soul Surfer” Bethany Hamilton announced she would no longer compete because of it.
Like any athletic association that caves to radical gender ideology, WSL’s new policy threatens hard-won fairness for women in sports. Last year, transgender athlete Lia Thomas, a below-average swimmer in men’s competition, snagged a Division 1 national title in women’s swimming.
These policies are rooted in ideology, not science. Despite what activists claim, male athletes retain competitive advantage over women—even after taking estrogen for an extended time.
Hamilton is taking a lot of heat, enduring threats and vitriol because of her stand. She is essentially stating the obvious, but as has been attributed to George Orwell, “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
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