Yesterday, various news outlets began to plug an announcement that a new individual had become the “first woman to win more than $1 million on Jeopardy.” To be frank, that description lacked context.
Amy Schneider becomes first woman to win more than $1 million on "Jeopardy!" https://t.co/4ejAVCbD3m
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 8, 2022
Without belaboring the point, you can probably tell from the above picture that Amy Schneider is a biological man. Now, in the sense that a biological man who claims to be a woman still has a right to compete on Jeopardy, I don’t really care that much. It’s still (sort of) a free country, after all. But to actually let this person claim the title of “woman” when keeping historical records that were formerly limited to biological females is a different issue.
It wasn’t just Jeopardy, though. There was also this “report” from NBC News yesterday which claimed there is “little scientific evidence” that biological men have an advantage in womens’ sports, focusing on the case of a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania.
NBC News: "Little scientific evidence" biological males have an advantage in women's sports pic.twitter.com/zkCClGpq54
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 8, 2022
That claim reminds me of those who push mask mandates and vaccine passports in regards to COVID-19. They’ll cite some obscure lab study that shows masks work 20% of the time in a very specific circumstance (that doesn’t at all represent the real world) and then claim ideological victory. But in reality, you don’t need more studies to know masks and vaccine passports don’t work to stop the spread. You only need to look at the real-world data in places like New York, Australia, etc. which clearly shows they have failed to do so in any capacity.
The same thing applies here. Why do we need more “scientific” evidence (whatever that means) that males have an advantage over females in womens’ sports when we can just look up the real-world sports records for the last century and see the advantage in full view? It’s obvious that biological men in peak physical condition are far more capable than biological women in peak physical condition when it comes to sports that require physical exertion.
Regardless, that combination of stories led The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, who has been very outspoken on this issue, to make this statement on Twitter.
This is more accurate than anything Justice Sotomayor said today. pic.twitter.com/40HCZ0qwu9
— GayPatriot (@GayPatriotUSA) January 8, 2022
I had to post it via someone else’s account because, as you’ve probably figured out, Walsh was banned from Twitter for his post. And just in case the above account also gets banned, deleting the embed, here’s exactly what was said.
The greatest female Jeopardy champion of all time is a man. The top female college swimmer is a man. The first female four star admiral in the Public Health Service is a man. Men have dominated female high school track and the female MMA circuit. The patriarchy wins in the end.
I find this entire thing to be highly Orwellian. Again, people are free to do whatever they want in regards to their personal identity, even if others disagree with it. But there’s a difference between someone making a personal choice and that choice being imposed as objective reality while penalizing women who have done great things.
Amy Schneider is a biological man. The swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania mentioned in the report above is a biological man. They should not be given records that were previously relegated to the ranks of biological women. That is a recipe for erasing the accomplishments of women throughout history, and it’s one that should not be abided by.
As to Twitter’s rules, they are asinine. People should be free to express counter opinions to liberal transgender ideology, especially when those opinions are so backed by evidence. For Walsh’s part, he will likely have to delete his tweet in order to unlock his account. Whether he will or not, we’ll have to wait and see.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article referenced swimmer Lia Thomas’ school as Penn State. The article has been corrected to reflect that Thomas swims for the University of Pennsylvania.