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In Case You Need More Proof Womanhood is at Risk, Outlet Put 'Female' in Quotes to Describe Emma Weyant


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It's been an upside world of a week for women, including and especially with women's sports. Any attempts at sanity are squashed. As Madeline covered, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) issued a statement proclaiming Emma Weyant, who is a Sarasota native, the real winner of the 500y freestyle, are squashed. Weyant came in second and lost out to William "Lia" Thomas, a biological male who competes on the women's swim team for the University of Pennsylvania. The Orlando Sentinel, however, in an article by Jim Turner that's behind a paywall, placed "female" in quotes in his headline to describe Weyant.


While Thomas is a biological male, whom many outlets refer to as a "transgender woman" and will use female pronouns to describe the swimmer, Weyant is, indeed, a female woman. 

The brief text of the actual article doesn't provide much more insight into why Turner needs to refer to a female as a "female" in quotes. 

The opening paragraph reads:

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis waded further into gender politics Tuesday, issuing a proclamation that said a swimmer from Sarasota is the nation’s best “female” in the 500-meter freestyle after she finished second last week to a transgender athlete at the NCAA championship.:snip:

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