Riley Gaines: Saying ‘biological’ gender is ‘admitting there’s an un-biological alternative’

Champion swimmer-turned-champion of women’s rights Riley Gaines wants to end the use of “biological” as a gender clarifier, because “language matters.”

Though the NCAA All-American admitted on Fox Business’s “Varney & Co.” on Friday that she used to use the term, she had an epiphany, and she won’t be using it in the future.

(Video: Fox Business)

“Look, I’ll be the first to say I adhered to this for a long time, too,” Gaines explained. “I thought I had to make the distinction that I am, in fact, a biological woman, that [transgender swimmer Lia] Thomas is in fact a biological male, but it hit me a few weeks ago, really, what we were doing when we added that prefix of ‘biological,’ because we’re admitting there’s an un-biological alternative, and there is not.”

“There is man, there is woman, there’s male, there’s female, mother, father, boy, girl,” Gaines stated. “This idea of ‘biological woman’ is crazy.”

“I don’t think we realize how much language matters, how important it is, because when we use these words, we put emphasis behind them,” the former Kentucky swimmer said. “It dictates our well-being. It dictates what these words mean. And so I think God created the only distinction we’ll ever need when He created man and woman.”

Gaines’s vow to stop using the term “biological” is not unlike podcaster Megyn Kelly’s Pride Month promise to stop using “preferred pronouns.”

“It seemed harmless,” Kelly said in June, “and I had no wish to cause offense. Trans people were tortured enough, it seemed to me, by the nature of their dysphoria and society’s disdain for them in general.”

“I didn’t see the harm,” she confessed.

She then proceeded to list the very real harms that have come out of the “preferred pronoun” movement.

“How can we stand up to any of this if we are complicit?” Kelly asked.

“To pretend” that a man can become a woman and vice versa “is to foster a lie that is hurting too many people, almost all of them girls, women and girls,” she explained. “They say pronouns are a gateway drug. They open the door to these lies that lead to real harm to real females.”

“For these reasons,” Kelly concluded, “I have resolved to base my conversations around gender on the same tenets that already govern my life: truth and reality. I will not use preferred pronouns, a decision motivated by a growing alarm over women’s rights and the safety of children.”

On X, Gaines is being celebrated for her decision to drop “biological.”

“She is so brilliant!” said one user. “She is right.”

“This is science,” stated the official Nebraska Republican Party account. “This is common sense.”

“It’s time to stop referring to women as ‘biological females.’ @Riley_Gaines is right,” agreed the Independent Women’s Forum. “There is only one biological reality for women.”


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