Watch: Surfer speaks out against allowing biological males in women's division, makes brave decision about her future
It seems the opposition to biological males competing in women's sports is picking up steam. I can't imagine why. Such bigots.
Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer, posted a video slamming the World Surf League's new rule that allows transgender individuals to compete against women. Hamilton gained fame after she lost her arm in a shark attack when she was 14, inspiring the movie "Soul Surfer."
She explained her problem isn't with individual trans people. It's that dudes competing against women just isn't fair. She thinks many girls agree with her but are scared to speak up: "This concerns me as a professional athlete that has been competing in the World Surf League events for the past 15-plus years [...] I think many of the girls currently on tour are not in support with this new rule and they fear being ostracized if they speak up.”
\u201cSurfing champion Bethany Hamilton responds to the World Surf League's new policy allowing biological males who claim they are women to compete against women: "I personally won't be competing in or supporting the World Surf League if this rule remains."\u201d— Catch Up (@Catch Up) 1675641565
She went on to ask a series of questions that I'm guessing will remain unanswered from the World Surf League: "How is this rule playing out in other sports like swimming, running, MMA? [...] Is a hormone level an honest and accurate depiction that someone, indeed, is a male or female? Is it really as simple as this? How did whoever decided these ‘hormone rules’ come to the conclusion that 12 months of testing testosterone make it a fair and legal switch?"
Hamilton then announced she will no longer compete in or support the World Surf League as long as this rule stands. Keep in mind, this is a woman who overcame losing her limb and still managed to succeed in her sport. She's no stranger to obstacles. But competing against biological men is literally insurmountable - so much so that she would rather abstain.
Seems like there might be something to this whole "biological men are stronger that women" argument, but what do I know. I'm just a silly female with a basic understanding of biology.