“What’s fair is fair!” transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner, who won an Olympic Gold Medal as biological male Bruce Jenner, said Sunday, following a decision by the world’s swimming governing body to effectively ban biological males from competing against women.
“It worked! I took a lot of heat - but what’s fair is fair! If you go through male puberty you should not be able to take medals away from females. Period,” Jenner tweeted, after FINA voted to change its eligibility rules.
As The New York Post explains:
“FINA members widely adopted a new ‘gender inclusion policy’ on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. The organization also proposed an ‘open competition category.’”
The change is not intended to encourage males to transition before the age of 12, it’s just meant to prevent transgender athletes from having the unfair competitive advantage that comes from transitioning after puberty, a FINA spokesperson told The Associated Press.
The unfair advantage of biological males competing against biological females has become a topic of national debate, fueled by the recent success of transgender women athletes, like University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who became the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history after winning the women's 500-yard freestyle earlier this year.
Thomas, who had competed on the university’s men’s team for three years, began setting women’s swimming records after transitioning.
Jenner’s opposition to biological males competing against women is nothing new.
“I’ve said from the beginning, biological boys should not compete against biological girls…this Woke world we’re living in right now isn’t working,” Jenner tweeted back in January.
"Biological boys - I've said from the beginning - should not be playing in women's sports. We need to protect women’s sports," Jenner said in an interview on Fox News Channel that same month (see video below).