USA Swimming discriminates against female athletes. Earlier this year, the organization, which governs elite swimming competitions, issued rules allowing swimmers who were born male to compete as women so long as they can demonstrate testosterone levels of less than 5 nmol/L for a period of at least thirty-six (36) months before the date of application.

Most females (including elite athletes) have testosterone levels of 0.12 to 1.79 nmo/L.

The truth is that athletes who have experienced male puberty can rarely lower their testosterone levels to normal female ranges. Moreover, many of the changes brought about male puberty (such as changes to height and wingspan) are permanent and unalterable. The science is clear: testosterone suppression does not come close to leveling the proverbial playing field

USA Swimming’s insistence that there is some way to eliminate the athletic advantage that post-pubescent males have over females denies science. But it also ignores the fact that this is not only about fair competition – it is also about equal opportunity to compete at all.

Allowing biological males to swim on women’s teams limits female swimmers’ opportunities to compete and receive scholarships.

Use the form to contact USA Swimming TODAY and tell them to keep post-pubescent males out of women’s competitions.

*For more information on fairness for female athletes, check out “Competition: Title IX, Male-Bodied Athletes, and the Threat to Women’s Sports”.

*For more resources on the topic, check out IWV’s guide “How To Talk About: The Threat To Women’s Sports.

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