Tag: Lia Thomas

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4 June 2022
New records and Olympic ambitions: from Petrillo to Thomas, the 'inclusive' sport that excludes women
The incredible injustice of male bodies in women's sports continues despite the silence of the media. But voices of female athletes forced to compete with male opponents are growing
'Valentina' born Fabrizio: new Italian record and convocation to World Para Athletics By now, the victories in the women's category of 'Valentina' born Fabrizio Petrillo hardly make the headlines anymore. Petrillo, a man who identifies himself as a woman, already held the national record in several categories of women's running last year. Recent sporting chronicles report further improvements in his own records. Petrillo took part in the first round of the Fidal Regional Societaries in Forli (14-15 May 2022), where she recorded a new record [...].
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23 March 2022
'Lia' Thomas wins and the patriarchy rejoices
Not even the second scandalous victory of swimmer 'Lia' Thomas is enough to break the media silence on the incredible injustice of men's bodies in women's sports. In the meantime, Iowa has signed a decree to save competitions from these invasions. Another thirty or so US states are planning similar laws. And Australia's prime minister is committed to women's sport. BREAKING NEWS: FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS HAS REFUSED TO RECOGNISE THOMAS'S VICTORY AND HAS DECLARED HIS COMPATRIOT EMMA VEYANT (RUNNER-UP) THE LEGITIMATE WINNER OF THE COMPETITION.
"Lia" Thomas, THE trophy-stealing swimmer (see here), easily won the American University League (NCAA I) final, as predicted. However, she did not receive any ovations at the finish line. All the applause went to the girls, the real winners: runner-up Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan (third) and Brooke Forde (fourth). The photo of the podium (top) is worth a thousand words: Thomas towers alone on the left, in front of the sign with the number 1, while the three girls embrace and celebrate [...].
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24 January 2022
USA: the 'Lia' Thomas case, THE trophy-stealing swimmer
Will Thomas has found a way to break all records: calling himself Lia and beating his opponents, moving from 462nd place in the men's freestyle to first place in the women's freestyle. A grotesque injustice at the centre of a furious debate, effectively ridden by the Republicans.
Last summer there were raving articles in the media celebrating 'transgender athletes': men who, by saying they 'identify as women', had obtained permission from the IOC to compete in the women's category at the Olympics. There was the story of Petrillo, a man with a male body and a male registry, who hoped to participate in the Paralympic Games as 'Valentina' and create a case of Self ID in Italy (here). And then we told you about "Laurel" Hubbard's performative feat of the genre at the Tokyo Olympics (here). After the [...]
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