Imagine you are a parent to a female college student-athlete. Now, imagine, what would you do if your daughter told you that someone who was a man and still had male genitalia was frequently naked in front of your daughter every day after practice. How would you feel as a parent?
That is a current predicament at the University of Pennsylvania. A letter was sent to city and school authorities addressing the vast concerns over the situation. It appears to have been ignored by all those addressed in the letter.
“We are writing to report a potential violation of Pennsylvania Code of Law Section 3127 and of Title IX and of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking Policy,” the letter began. The violation is based on reports that female swimmers have claimed they felt “uncomfortable” and “definitely awkward,” as University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas doesn’t “always cover up” in the locker room, exposing male genitalia in front of college-aged females. Thomas has been granted use of the female locker room since identifying as a woman.
The letter was sent to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia police commissioner, the Philadelphia sheriff, UPenn’s executive director of the Office of Student Conduct, and the university’s Title IX officer. Yet, the serious claims and allegations made in this letter were seemingly ignored by all of them, based on what I was told.
My own requests for comment went ignored. I emailed the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, UPenn’s Title IX office, and the executive director of the school’s student conduct office. All of the emails went unanswered.
“University of Pennsylvania policy is that if reports ‘are made with or come to the attention of the following offices, they must ensure that appropriate action is taken, including notifying the University’s AVP and Title IX Officer,'” Amanda Stulman, one of the signers of the letter, told me.
Based on all of the reports surrounding Lia Thomas’s involvement with the school’s swimming team, and the fact that it has become public knowledge that many of the swimmers fear retaliation if they were to complain, “the University of Pennsylvania has been sufficiently put on notice of potential violations of Title IX and its own policy that it should have initiated an investigation without requiring that an individual impacted student come forward as a Complainant."
According to the letter, the conduct reported in the letter violates “both Pennsylvania criminal code and University of Pennsylvania policy.” Such allegations are claimed to be in violation of the state’s law on indecent exposure, in which it is stated that “a person commits indecent exposure if that person exposes his or her genitals in any public place or in any place where there are present other persons under circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this conduct is likely to offend, affront, or alarm.”
The letter also references the University of Pennsylvania’s Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy. This stipulates that “sexual harassment” includes “any unwanted conduct that is based on an individual’s sex.” It further describes violations, including when someone “conditions an educational or employment benefit on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct,” detailing a circumstance “a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and/or objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to an educational or employment program or activity.”
An important caveat to all of this is the fact that Lia Thomas was on the men’s team for three years before transitioning to become a woman. As a former men's swimmer and someone who still has male genitalia, Thomas is routinely naked in front of female college students, some as young as 17. This should raise some huge red flags.
It should also be noted that teammates have made the claim that Thomas “still dates women." But ultimately, claims that Lia Thomas’s male nudity is unwanted in the women's locker room, and that it makes teammates uncomfortable, should have been enough for the school to take action.
The letter was written by the USA director of Keep Prisons Single Sex and Women’s Declaration International, USA. The letter stipulated that it was written by “representatives of our organizations and as interested members of the public, not as representatives in any capacity of the potentially impacted individuals.” One of the reasons this happened is that many, if not all, of the swimmers who want to speak out on the issue “fear retaliation and are concerned about maintaining their scholarships and reputations in the community.”
Most importantly, the letter stipulates that “a report such as this one should be considered an adequate basis requiring law enforcement and the university to conduct an investigation without any female members of the swim team having to make an individual direct report themselves.”
Another important aspect of this is the concerns of the female swimmers allegedly being ignored by UPenn officials. The letter speaks of incidents in which team members allegedly “have raised their concerns with the coach, trying to get Thomas ousted from the female locker room, but got nowhere.”
“‘Multiple swimmers have raised it, multiple different times,’ a UPenn swimmer stated. ‘But we were basically told that we could not ostracize Lia by not having her in the locker room and that there’s nothing we can do about it, that we basically have to roll over and accept it, or we cannot use our own locker room.’”
Imagine that, if you will, for a second — female swimmers must either accept a male walking around naked, exposing male genitalia, or else be forced not to use the female locker room.
“'It’s really upsetting because Lia doesn’t seem to care how it makes anyone else feel. … The 35 of us are just supposed to accept being uncomfortable in our own space and locker room, for like, the feelings of one.’” And not just any one, but one who is male, identified as a man for three out of four years in college, and allegedly continues to have sexual interest in women.
Based on the lack of acknowledgment or response to the letter, it appears that UPenn and the city of Philadelphia have decided they are going to impose their own will and morality on the matter and ignore any claims of potential harm or code violations and any of the legal liability that could accompany them.
Such action is arrogant, insulting, and disturbing, but it is also potentially very expensive. The school and the city appear to be willfully ignoring the safety concerns of female students about indecent exposure by a male student.
It appears that the female athletes are indeed “third-class citizens,” as a UPenn swimmer told me in a previous interview. Why else would any claims of such magnitude be so quickly dismissed? This is a school that will thoroughly investigate the flimsiest claims that males are harassing females, but it deliberately does nothing about this form of harassment.
Female students should not have to endure being exposed to penises, just so that administrators can feel good about themselves trying to mainstream transgender ideology.
Even the wokest of the woke should empathize with college-aged females upset about being forced to look at a man's penis after sports practice or else be expelled from their own locker room. It is bad enough that women are losing out on opportunities and fair competition because of a male competitor's obvious natural biological advantage. Now, college-aged females must suffer the additional indignity of school-sanctioned male access to their private spaces, all under the guise of equality.