Former NCAA swim star Riley Gaines criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that women could face doctor exams if biological men are banned from female sports.
Gaines stated that there are no genital inspections and called AOC’s assertion “fearmongering.”
The discussion happened during a House Oversight Subcommittee on Health hearing, where Gaines also clashed with Rep. Summer Lee, who accused her testimony of being “transphobic.” (Trending: Joe Biden Admits He’s ‘Not Sure’ About Running If Trump Wasn’t)
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-Lee says my stance is transphobic bigotry
-I respond by saying if I'm a transphobe, Lee is a misogynist
-Lee moves to have my words removed from record
-Her move is withdrawn so technically she's still a misogynist
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“We are talking about opening up all women and girls to genital examinations when they are underage, potentially just because someone can point to someone and say, ‘I don’t think you are a girl,’” AOC said.
“And we’re saying this in an environment of a post-Dobbs America, where states are criminalizing access to abortion and want nothing more than data on women to figure out when, who’s getting a menstrual cycle, who doesn’t have one, and we’re supposed to believe this is going to make us better and safer?”
“I think not, and, per usual, I don’t believe we’re sitting here on a panel of men that has actually thought about the biology and privacy consequences of all women, trans or cisgendered,” AOC continued.
“It’s not the case for any state. She was referring to [the] state legislature and that’s the process states are going to go through to determine who is male and female is they’re going to ‘inspect your genitals.’ No, it’s called a routine physical,” Gaines said.
“It’s something that every athlete, including myself my entire life, has to go through.”
“Certain states check birth certificates and certain [sports] governing bodies [do] cheek swabs, but there is no genital inspection.”
“Actually, the people who had their genitals inspected were the females in that locker room who had a man in that locker room. But that doesn’t matter to AOC or, again, any of the Democratic members in the U.S. House and the Senate or the Biden administration.”
“I certainly agree that was entirely fearmongering. That’s absolutely what that was.”
Gaines emphasized the need for safety and fairness in sports, rejecting the prioritization of inclusion over these principles.
“There’s a place for everybody to play sports in this country,” Gaines said.
“But unsafe, unfair and discriminatory practices must stop.”
“Inclusion cannot be prioritized over safety and fairness,” Gaines concluded.
“And ranking member Lee, if my testimony makes me ‘transphobic,’ then I believe your opening monologue makes you a misogynist.”