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Riley Gaines Has Lawyers On The Case Now
Those who mess around, will find out
If you were planning a campus crusade against Riley Gaines anytime soon, reconsider your choices, because that form of “activism” is getting expensive.
The champion swimmer indicated Thursday night that she is taking action to uphold her Title IX rights through legal means, including potential litigation.
First in the dock is San Francisco State University, where Gaines was recently assaulted and confined to a room for three hours after campus police and a dean were overwhelmed by a violent mob of students. Her crime? Speaking up for her sex-based rights as established in the plain text of Title IX.
Gaines indicated that legal matters are underway, but gave no specifics. After long reflection and time to think outside a media spotlight, she is ready to take up a fight she never wanted.
Leadership comes naturally to the team captain. “I speak for the overwhelming majority” of college athletes, Gaines said. “I saw the tears of those who missed out.”
Women dealing with transgender cheaters are in touch with her all the time, now. She has become their voice, the one with the courage to speak out in the face of all that hate.
Gaines appeared at the Moonshine Harley-Davidson expo building in Franklin Tennessee with embodiment expert Amy Sousa and transgenderism nonprofit whistleblower K. Yang, both “extraordinary women,” according to Gaines.
Because she had never thought of herself as a “feminist,” Gaines feels as though she is now “in the Twilight Zone,” forced to make common cause with feminists.
Robin Steenman, chair of the Williamson County chapter of Moms For Liberty, one of the event sponsors, praised Gaines “fighting for the future of our daughters.”
Gaines told a crowd of more than 200 that when Lia Thomas took a place from Réka György of Virginia Tech in the first heat, she told Gaines that “I just got beat by someone who didn’t even have to try.”
Thomas, a man allowed to cheat at sports because of his claim to an invisible female essence, was also allowed to enter the women’s locker room and get naked “with no forewarning.”
One moment, the locker room was all “buzzing and chatter,” according to Gaines, and then he walked in, to “dead silence.”
When Gaines asked how this had been allowed, she was cheerfully informed that the locker rooms had been declared unisex without notifying any other athlete.
Gaines, who trained six hours a day, remained focused on her own best swim and in fact tied Lia Thomas down to the hundreth of a second. Ties are very rare in swimming.
However, the NCAA official told Gaines that while she could take a photograph with the trophy, she would have to relinquish it to Thomas. She would get hers in the mail, he said.
When Gaines asked the official why he was the winner, despite their being tied, he responded that the tiebreaker was “chronological order.”
Sousa opened the event with a presentation on language manipulation. “Women are wholly unique from men,” she said. Furthermore, “women do not share ‘identities’ in common,” they share a kind of body.
Like abracadabra, a word that originally meant “I create as I speak,” the word “trans” is a magician’s trick that “does the work of distraction, explanation, and disguise.” Sousa said. It would be meaningless without its political meaning. It is an ideological manipulation.
K. Yang, a former nonprofit employee and transgender rights activist, showed a short film about women protesting Lia Thomas at the NCAA swimming finals. She closed the event with a presentation about gender ideology embedded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Steenman says her organization exists to “inform and equip parents to advocate for their children.” They have held a number of trainings on the topic of gender ideology in recent months, including a lengthy presentation by James Lindsay.
If it seems strange that two very liberal, left-leaning feminists would appear in such a venue, consider how strange it is that mainstream news channels will not even let Riley Gaines on the air to talk.
Gaines said that she offered to appear on every news network to discuss Title IX and the violations of her rights, but every one of them replied: “we don’t want to give you a platform to spread your hate.”
As a result, her first interview was with the Daily Wire. Fox News then picked up the story as Gaines appeared on Tucker Carlson. “Right wingers” are the only outlets giving a platform to women whose rights are getting trampled. This makes it easier to dismiss all women who complain as “right wingers.”
Like Lia Thomas in the locker room, it is a perverse situation.
Gaines gave the crowd an update on Payton McNabb, a senior at Hiwassee Dam High School in Murphy, North Carolina who was badly injured by a transgender volleyball cheater last September.
Cherokee County Schools thereafter forfeited all games against the school rather than risk further injuries to girls. The school which allowed the boy to cheat and injure McNabb has faced no accountability at all.
McNabb still suffers pain, partial paralysis, and vision impairment from the injury she sustained when a male opponent spiked the ball into her face. “I would like to note that the net is seven inches lower for women,” Gaines said.
Despite her lingering issues, McNabb recently testified in support of state legislation to protect female sports.
As a result, the male who injured McNabb messaged her on Instagram last Wednesday, taunting: “I really do be living in your head.”
As the team captain, Gaines had a private team-only chat and a free speech policy. As soon as her teammates got their thumbs on their screens, they were telling her how they really felt about Lia Thomas.
“We didn’t feel unconfortable talking about it” in privacy, she says. Step out into the public eye, however, and they risk being attacked by a violent mob.
Riley Gaines has had enough. She is fighting back now, because she can, while so many others remain silent in fear of angry, entitled men.
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