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March 31, 2023
Watch: Girls sports advocate Riley Gaines stumps scientist on basic biology, crowd laughs as he pulls 'Ph.D' card
Earlier this week, Riley Gaines spoke at the University of Pittsburgh. If you need a refresher, Gaines is the former NCAA swimmer for the University of Kentucky who competed against biological male Lia Thomas. Gaines and Thomas actually tied at the NCAA champs, but they decided to give the trophy to Thomas. Just cuz.
Gaines spoke about this experience at UPitt, and at one point, she asked an anthropologist about the difference in male and female bones.
"So if you were to dig up a human, two humans, in 100 years from now, both man and woman, could you tell the difference, strictly off of bones?"
And this man sad, "no". Which we all know for a fact ain't true. That's why the crowd burst into laughter and chaos immediately after his answer.
\u201c.\u2066@Riley_Gaines_\u2069 to anthropologist: "If you were to dig up\u2026 2 humans\u2026 100 years from now, both man and woman, could you tell the difference, strictly off of bones?"\n\n"No."\n\n*CHAOS*\n\n"I'm not sure why I'm being laughed at if I'm the expert in the room. ... I have a PhD!"\u201d— Vince Coglianese (@Vince Coglianese) 1680182018
He then got very butt-hurt that he was being laughed at for denying a long-known scientific reality.
"I’m not sure why I’m being laughed at if I’m the expert in the room. Have any of you been to archaeological sites? Have any of you studied biological anthropology? I’m just saying, I’ve got over 150 years of data. I’m just curious as to why I’m being laughed at.”
Gaines tried to explain that she has done a lot of research into this topic and considered all viewpoints, but he cut her off, saying, "I have a Ph.D." Which of course resulted in more laughter.
I think what Gaines was trying to get at was, no matter how a person "identifies" during their lifetime, a scientist examining their body centuries later could determine if they were a male or female because of the undeniable biological differences. Men and women's skeletons differ in bone density, length, and structure - and all these things happen to benefit men in sports. Women's bodies, and specifically their bones/pelvis, are structured to prioritize child-bearing.
But what do I know? I don't have a Ph.D.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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