Welcome to the World Surf League, where defining a woman requires an algebra equation.
The World Surf League this month announced plans to adopt the International Surfing Association's policy, which requires trans athletes seeking to compete in the women's division to maintain a testosterone level less than 5 nonomoles per liter (nmol/L) for the previous 12 months.
Yes, in order to compete in the women's league at WSL, you don't have to be a woman, you just have to be chemically castrated.
Enter Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark and got her own movie, "Soul Surfer," that detailed her faith in God and her struggle to return to the sport.
She wants nothing to do with the new woke rules:
Good for you, Bethany. Good for you.
In two different videos shared to Instagram this week, Hamilton said she believes she is speaking up for other pro surfer women who fear being "ostracized" for having the same opinions…
"Is a hormone level an honest and accurate depiction that someone indeed is a male or female? Is it as simple as this?" she asked.
In her follow up video, she questioned the policy again: "Am I just a hormone number? Is it as simple as that?"
Hamilton argued that moving forward with these policies in surfing would allow for "male-bodied dominance" seen in other "women's sports like running, swimming and others."
Here's the video for you:
She asks some pretty important questions here, but I want to focus on her solution:
I personally think that the best solution would be to create a different division so that all could have a fair opportunity to showcase their passion and talent. And I think it's really hard to imagine what the future of women's surfing will be like in 15-20 years down the road if we move forward allowing this major change.
So boys, if you want to become girls and you want to compete in sports, you should have your own category. We realize you're not quite as good as the boys, so you can't compete there. And we know you'll beat out all the girls, so you shouldn't compete there either.
It's really a simple solution, and you can count me in as part of team Bethany!