The USWNT forward made the statement that high school sports teams aren’t as “important” as the “lives” of trans people.
On Friday, a former collegiate volleyball player voiced her displeasure with Democrats and high-profile female athletes who support transgender athletes.
Megan Rapinoe, the top player on the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, recently discussed the reception transgender athletes would receive in June 2022, when Title IX will have been in effect for 25 years.
“I would also encourage anyone who is concerned that their child may be at a disadvantage to take a deep breath and consider what we are actually talking about. This concerns the actual lives of individuals. I hate to break it to you, but your kid’s varsity volleyball team doesn’t really matter. If it meant saving the life of even one child, Rapinoe told TIME, it wasn’t worth it.
Former Division I athlete at Rutgers and Florida International University Adriana McLamb deemed the allegations “absurd.”
We certainly care, but as a volleyball player, I think it’s absurd.A quote from McLamb’s Friday appearance on “Fox & Friends”: “We care a lot about your daughter’s high school volleyball team.”
In the instance of Payton McNabb, who testified this week in North Carolina and was seriously injured and knocked out by a real guy on the other side of a net, this is especially true. This is important to us because it is becoming hazardous and unjust to women’s sports.
Senior at Hiwassee Dam High School in Murphy, North Carolina, McNabb, claims that last fall, a biological male who was allowed to play on a girls’ team due to a rule set by the state’s high school athletic association spiked her in the face, causing severe and permanent physical and mental injuries.
I’m representing the generations of strong female athletes that came before me. The members of my squad, my close pals, and my little sister. Biological males and women should not engage in combat. At a news conference on Wednesday, she added, “I may be the first person to come to you with an injury, but if this doesn’t go away, I won’t be the last.” After being harmed, this was her first public statement.
McNabb advocated for the passage of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which would make it unlawful for actual men to participate in girls’ sports. She achieved this by relating anecdotes from her own life. Three Democrats joined the majority of Republicans in voting in support of the bill on the same day it was introduced.
Discussions over transgender athletes have become increasingly common in women’s sports ever since 2021, when transgender swimmer Lia Thomas began competing against traditional female competitors. Republican anger is high when transgender athletes compete against persons of the opposite biological sex.
We’ve been saying this for a while, and now it’s finally happening. Selina Soule and other athletes took part in this a few years back. Last season, Lia Thomas and Riley Gaines were rivals. “It’s becoming more common to see both biological males and females playing sports,” McLamb said.
To paraphrase, “If we don’t stop it, sports for women will be over.”
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. The measure, often known as the “Save Women’s Sports” law, was approved with a vote of 219 in favor and 203 opposed. Every single Republican voted “yes,” while every single Democrat voted “no.”
McLamb said she was “very thankful” that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans pushed the bill ahead, despite criticism from Democrats who labeled it “bullying.”
Transgender persons won’t be harmed by this measure. To quote her, “It’s good for women.”
In my opinion, this is information that every female player should have. Most of the players on the other team are over six feet tall when we play volleyball. I entered this world in ’54. No decent guy ever shown interest in me. There’s a legitimate reason why the net is larger. Baseball and softball are played on distinct types of fields. There was a lot of effort put into passing Title IX 50 years ago for a good reason: so that women and men could compete on equal terms.