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Riley Gaines: The Urgent Plea for the Women's Bill of Rights
The Urgency of Defining Womanhood: A Rallying Cry for the Women's Bill of Rights
Welcome to 2023. We've come so far in women's rights, only to find ourselves back in a battle over basic biology.
A top-notch college athlete, Riley Gaines, stood before Congress last Wednesday, imploring them to pass the "Women's Bill of Rights."
This isn't just any piece of legislation - it is a desperate call to arms to defend the very essence of womanhood.
Gaines doesn't stand alone. The bill is led by Rep. Debbie Lesko and backed by two dozen Republican lawmakers who believe that it's about time we got our basic definitions straight.
"I'm speaking for so much more than just myself," Gaines stated, echoing the silent cries of countless women.
Gaines, a decorated swimmer, was thrust into the national limelight last year after tying with Lia Thomas, a biological man, in an NCAA women's national swimming championship event.
The NCAA's decision to prioritize the feelings of a male over Gaines's rightful victory was nothing short of a betrayal to every woman in sports.
The proposed "Women's Bill of Rights" rightly emphasizes the undeniable differences in body composition between men and women.
It calls for a clear distinction between the sexes, not just in sports but in critical areas such as prisons, domestic violence shelters, restrooms, and more.
"We have the right to vote as women. We can own property, but we have to plead and beg for privacy in our locker rooms so we’re not violated, and when you do plead and beg, you’re called a bigot. You’re called transphobic for wanting safety," Gaines lamented.
It is a disturbing reality when women are vilified and silenced for wanting safety and privacy.
The term "woman" has been hijacked and reinterpreted by unelected bureaucrats, judges, and administrators, denying biological reality. As Gaines powerfully put it, "The public knows what a woman is, and it's time that our laws did too."
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, one of the bill's cosponsors, reinforced the necessity of the bill with her own impending motherhood, a miracle exclusive to women.
She stated, "[Men] can't have children... Biologically they're simply different."
Her words ring clear as a bell: standing up for women is not anti-trans; it's simply defending the biological reality.
In a world that has seen so much progress for women's rights, it's shocking and frustrating that we're now fighting to defend the very term that defines us.
The push for a Women's Bill of Rights isn't just about women like Gaines and Luna. It's about every girl, every woman, who ever dared to compete, excel, and be herself in a world that seems determined to rewrite her existence.
It's time to say enough.
Our definition of womanhood isn't merely under attack in swimming alone but also in other sports, such as cycling.
Take Hannah Arensman's story as an example: a 24-year-old promising athlete, a 35-time winner on the national cyclocross circuit, forced to abandon her Olympic dreams after losing to a biological male.
Arensman didn't just lose a race; she lost a piece of her heart and soul, "There are a million different levels where it hurts," she confessed.
Arensman's story is a testament to how the distortion of biology in sports creates an unfair playing field.
She courageously opened up about her decision to leave the sport, saying that including trans competitors meant she would "lose no matter how hard I train."
Her final race at the 2022 National Cyclocross Championships saw her lose out on a podium spot to trans rider Austin Killips in the Women Elite category.
The pain was more profound than physical exhaustion; it was the agony of a dream slipping away.
But Arensman's struggle didn't end there. She was targeted by a left-wing Antifa gun club, which protested at her final race, accusing her of being part of a 'massive TERF [trans-exclusionary radical feminists] problem in cycling.'
For Arensman, the line between standing up for women's rights and being labeled a bigot became increasingly blurred, adding another layer to her already multi-faceted pain.
Her story is a stark reminder of the urgent need for the Women's Bill of Rights.
It's a fight not just for the safety and privacy of women but also for their dreams, their passions, and their rightful place on the podiums of the world.