Letter to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors from Walter Smith.

Now that International Transgender Day of Visibility is behind us, it is safe to discuss your lack of visibility in the matter regarding UVa student Emma Weyant, who, in the world where reality and truth are valued, is the true women’s NCAA 500 freestyle swimming champion. None of you has spoken out regarding the injustice of her loss of the 1st-place trophy to a transgendered individual, Lia Thomas — a silence, I suspect, that arises from your terror of woke intersectionalists.

The only statement I have seen from any UVa official was a quote in The Jefferson Independent, in which President Jim Ryan bravely stated, “I’m not an expert on this and I haven’t been following it as closely as others… I have to say it seems unfair to me, at a very basic level.”

Wow! What clarity of thought! What bold leadership! I now see how Ryan was selected to lead Thomas Jefferson’s University — to make it Great and Good as only he can!

Consider the vast brainpower that UVa could bring to bear to address the quandary of how such a travesty could be allowed to occur. I have compiled a spreadsheet of 2020 salaries of President Ryan and his cabinet, the deans and the vice provosts. With the vacancies and promotions and salary increases from 2020, it appears that nearly $18 million of salary cannot solve this enigma. Our president, now employed until 2028, can’t. Our new Provost, employed through 2027, can’t. Our newly extended-until-2028 Chief Operating Officer can’t. Our Chief Human Resources Officer, now employed into 2027, can’t. Does his HR system track male and female? Can the HR system help? Can the female athletic director, to whom all coaches of all male and female teams report, provide a clue? Does she even care about her female athletes?

Or does the deafening silence of UVa leadership reveal an ideological prison where one cannot admit basic truths? 

I’m not a biologist, and I didn’t clerk on the Supreme Court, and I was not dean of Harvard Ed School, and I was not a professor at UVA Law, and none of my daughters participated in a “girls” team sport, but I am sure that boys and girls are different, and at the collegiate level it is unfair to “people with XX chromosomes” to compete against “people with XY chromosomes.”

I did coach youth soccer and noticed that girl players could hold their own against boys until about 12 when the boys got to be too big, too strong, too fast. Your fellow BOV member, Hucles Mangano, can confirm this. She is a four-time soccer medalist in the Olympics. Perhaps she can recall the 2017 match in which the U.S. women’s national team lost an informal match to the FC Dallas U-15 boys academy team.

I’m no athlete either, but I can tell a similar tale. One summer in Charlottesville I went to Memorial Gym to play pick-up basketball. My team was a random group of guys. I would guess two or three played high school basketball; I and a couple of others were just guys looking to play some hoop. We called “winners” on another match in the gym and wound up playing members of the women’s basketball team. It was a decently competitive game. The guys won 15-12, and I had my first ever elbow thrown at me. (Girls play rough!) The UVa women were pretty good at this time. Debbie Ryan would have been the coach, and I think Geno Auriemma may have been an assistant coach.

In “Lia” Thomas’s last year as a man, he did not rank among the top 400 of male swimmers. Emma Weyant is the women’s champ. She has eggs and fallopian tubes and XX chromosomes and has the extraordinary power to carry a foetus to  birth. Lia Thomas does not. Thomas is 6′ 1″ in height and weighs in the vicinity of 165 pounds. Weyant is 5′ 8″ and weighs about 127 pounds. If Emma Weyant had Thomas’ testosterone level, she would be disqualified for doping. 

Board members, respect the “science.” Acknowledge biological reality. Protect your female athletes!

But you won’t. Either you are captive to intersectional ideology or you are too timid to stand up to it. You accede to those who cast ruthless judgment upon figures from the past, remove their names from buildings and their statues from the grounds, and would contextualize the founders of this nation for falling short of contemporary values.

One day the worm will turn. One day, future generations will look back, marvel at your unwillingness to defend Emma Weyant, and contextualize you. By your cowardly silence, you prove you are not qualified to oversee the University of Virginia.


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68 responses to “UVa, Defend Your Women!”

  1. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Eff UVa and their… uh, not literally, women.

    Hey! So, I just got slapped with my first HUF on my vehicle registration. Would it hurt them to show THEIR calculations on the form?

    I don’t know from where they get their combined MPG, but it ain’t what EPA uses.

    1. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      When the HUF first appeared I wrote how opaque the process was, and my queries to DMV for the formulas, data were ignored. I just got an unexplained $1.78 check from the state which might have been a rebate on my license payment. Used that much gas depositing it….

      This fellow Smith does like the useless rants and gestures, and Bacon puts it out there, so why not? No one will resign, no one will respond. The Tech student bumped off the podium made a statement, but nobody at UVA has that much gumption.

    2. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      When the HUF first appeared I wrote how opaque the process was, and my queries to DMV for the formulas, data were ignored. I just got an unexplained $1.78 check from the state which might have been a rebate on my license payment. Used that much gas depositing it….

      This fellow Smith does like the useless rants and gestures, and Bacon puts it out there, so why not? No one will resign, no one will respond. The Tech student bumped off the podium made a statement, but nobody at UVA has that much gumption. The story of the race and the winner has been well told over and over by now.

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        I called them. Got the actual numbers used in my calculation. They have my car at 31 MPG combined. The EPA has it at 26.

        What sucks is they use average Virginia owned vehicle annual miles, NOT YOUR ACTUAL mileage. So, that’s around 12,000 versus my actual of 6000.

        So between doubling my mileage and using some bogus combined mileage, they are ripping me for about $16 per year.

        I agree with the HUF, but their use of averages versus actual numbers is just plain wrong.

        They send me an 8.5×11 expensive grade of paper of which they use 1/3. The least they can provide are their values.

      2. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        If Va Department of Taxation can rely on taxpayer honesty, i.e., 760 ADJ, then surely DMV can rely on that same honesty to calculate ones proper fee.

  2. John Harvie Avatar
    John Harvie

    To paraphrase, lo0king at the photo above confirms “a picture is worth a kiloword”.

    1. Paul Sweet Avatar
      Paul Sweet

      Youngkin can’t do much about it. Ryan can.

      1. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
        Dick Hall-Sizemore

        What can Ryan do?

        1. That’s a fair question. Walter, if you’d been Ryan’s PR consultant, what would you have urged him to say and/or do?

          1. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            For a school with an honor system (theoretically)?
            Say the truth.
            “It is ridiculous. Unscientific. Unfair. And I don’t need to study this extensively to come to that conclusion.”
            Doesn’t he have 5 kids?
            I am so thankful my kids never got into the swimming world – think of Emma Weyant’s parents and all the time they put in for her to go to the FL equivalent of NOVA. And she gets cheated. How would you feel?
            Plus, how are “we” Left and Right to have any serious, substantive discussion about anything if “we” can’t agree that 2+2 = 4?
            And I wouldn’t need a PR consultant to tell me that.

          2. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            You clearly forgot Renee Richards.

            You should be thankful in another way too. If one of your kids had a sexual identity crisis, they’d have probably chosen suicide to speaking with you about it.

          3. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Thanks for the substantive reply. (That’s not what I’m really thinking though.)

          4. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            You’re whole letter IS substantive. Made entirely of Bessie’s yesterday’s lunch.

          5. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            It is. And you just waste everybody’s time. Kids should be off limits in comments. Along with parents, siblings, etc. You have no idea about anyone’s family and your comment deserved a very crude response.

          6. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            You’ve made yourself perfectly clear, as have all contributors on BR, as to where they stand on LBGT issues. It is not much of a leap as to how you would have dealt with the issue at home. The fact that you, as well as the others mentioned, remain intolerant only shows you’ve not dealt with it closer than the internet.

          7. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Thank you for your moral superiority. Yes, you Leftists are better people, and a special place is reserved for you in Valhalla… or with Gaia or into your vast void of nothingness. Quit digging your hole.

          8. LarrytheG Avatar

            if you found out you had such a person in your family, it would not influence your view?

          9. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Not his. My daughter’s friend at 15 was openly lesbian and she had a friend, who my daughter knew somewhat, who was also openly lesbian… by not to her family. She chose to confide in an N&W coal train instead of her father. That was all it took for me to stop making jokes and reconsider it all

          10. tmtfairfax Avatar

            If my son, who is quite strong and athletic (He earned a 3rd degree blackbelt in TKD), decided to complete as a woman, I wouldn’t support that. If he simply decided, he was female, I’d support his decision.

            Males are generally stronger and often swifter, etc. than females. Remember when a U15 boys soccer team beat the U.S. Womens National Team? https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/a-dallas-fc-under-15-boys-squad-beat-the-u-s-womens-national-team-in-a-scrimmage/

            Lia Thomas was 462 as a male swimmer.

            It’s simply unfair to allow genetically males compete in female sports.

          11. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            We are ethically superior, not morally. We are also smart enough not to believe in Valhalla, or even a place in the void.

          12. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Psalm 14:1…

          13. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            QED. Proving only that you really cannot think for yourself and must take direction from goatherds.

          14. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            So says the subject of the verse…

          15. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Perhaps pointed but given the stats, NN comment is generally accurate. Suicide rates among transsexuals are very high. The risk is real and parents definitely struggle with it. Just like the “meh” approach to the Covid threat to the immunocompromised, Conservatives routinely show they care very little about the plight of the marginalized in our world today. Transsexuals are no exception.

          16. LarrytheG Avatar

            Conservatives seem to have trouble sometimes reconciling their own beliefs with realities on the ground, thus a father who cannot deal with a child who violates his beliefs – it just becomes “unacceptable” and the child ends up on their own with their issue. A not uncommon thing at all.

          17. DJRippert Avatar

            What on Earth does your comment have to do with men competing against women in women’s sports?

            This was the key quote in the article …

            “If Emma Weyant had Thomas’ testosterone level, she would be disqualified for doping.”

            Is that true?

            I thought you lefties loved science. That sounds pretty scientific to me.

          18. DJRippert Avatar

            So …allowing genetic males to compete against genetic females in Division 1 college sports will lower the suicide rate for transsexuals?

          19. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Walter has (even here in the comments to his own piece) demonstrated that his position is one of simply being against all things transsexual and the comment thread that I was responding to is where suicide rates were introduced to the discussion.

            To answer your question, I don’t really know (and likely nobody does). I can tell you that nobody is choosing to transition to a different sex so they can win a Division 1 swim meet. This particular issue is complex to be sure… Walter is simply using it to beat his anti-trans drum… nothing else…

          20. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            “Plus, how are “we” Left and Right to have any serious, substantive discussion about anything if “we” can’t agree that 2+2 = 4?”

            You mean like transsexuals actually exist and are also human beings…?

          21. LarrytheG Avatar

            ow ow ow

          22. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            No one said they aren’t human beings. But you Lefties think you are “loving” by saying what they want to hear. You give the alkie a bottle. You give the morbidly obese a dozen Krispy Kremes. You tell the unhappy sexually confused, sure, go ahead and do it, and that is not loving. You say it to protect yourself, not to help them.

          23. LarrytheG Avatar

            No Walter. You do not “give” them anything but you accept that everyone has failings and how we try to improve ourselves.

            In your world, you write them off, In the “lefty” world, we do not and instead try to provide the things they need to get better – whether it’s small children with learning disabilities or adults who smoke or addicted to alcohol, drugs or opioids.

            There are only a few few ‘perfect’ folks in this world … the rest of us are always trying to improve.

          24. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Larry – you don’t know squat. You do not know me. You do not know what I think or how I think any one specific problem should be handled – people are different. There are broad rules of general applicability. However, I am glad you now acknowledge that everyone has failings, and will do your best to restore all the statues torn down and judge people fairly. And there are no perfect people in this world. No, not one. Certainly not me. Nor you. Nor any commenter or author here (even the ones I agree with). You Lefties amaze me with your intransigence to reality. Do you “love” your kids by not holding their hands as you approach an intersection? Don’t they need to learn not to run into the street? Do you let them put their hands on the hot burner? There are behaviors that are good or bad or healthy or unhealthy or better for societal good. Given that we are imperfect, hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. But that doesn’t mean you don’t acknowledge right and wrong, good and bad. There is truth. And Lia Thomas is a biological male and that is unfair competition for biological females. Truth. Acknowledge it.

          25. tmtfairfax Avatar

            When does personal responsibility take over? And there is a difference between justice and mercy but room for both in society.

          26. DJRippert Avatar

            25 year olds should be able to play high school football whether they are enrolled in high school or not. Anything less is blatant ageism.

          27. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            “No one said they aren’t human beings. But …”

            Axiom: Everything said before the word “but” is a lie…. Prime example…☝️

          28. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Says a troll…
            When you tell people what they want to hear, you are protecting yourself and not being loving to them. When you tell people the truth, you are being loving to them and putting yourself at risk.
            That’s the truth…and you can’t handle the truth.

          29. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Is that what they tell you in your conversation therapy training these days…?

          30. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            No…what I heard in my how to recognize a Soros trained troll in the “How to recognize a Soros Trained Troll” classes was the Soros trained troll will use DARVO to avoid saying the truth and change the subject. Good classes!

          31. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            “No…what I heard in my how to recognize a Soros trained troll in the “How to recognize a Soros Trained Troll” classes was the Soros trained troll will use DARVO to avoid saying the truth and change the subject. Good classes!”

            You must have skipped “how to string a sentence together” day… alas…

          32. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            No. They said to hit them back with recitation of the same thing…which is the same thing they do with constant repetition of the same bogus points…over and over…again and again…. and that’s why you repeat it again and again. The How To Recognize a Soros Trained Troll classes are the goodest! And the best! And super!
            (The theory is to be an ear worm so the Troll can’t stop mulling it over. Does it work?)

          33. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            The best you can hope for is it half working, y’know…

          34. DJRippert Avatar

            The crux of the actual argument – “If Emma Weyant had Thomas’ testosterone level, she would be disqualified for doping.”

          35. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Not so sure that is true. I don’t know T levels in either athlete but I assume it is monitored and that (through hormone therapy) the trans woman’s levels are within allowable ranges for other women. If not, your point is solid and that is how the issue should be governed.

          36. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            No, it’s not. Why does Ryan, or any other university president, have to answer for the NCAA? He’s as powerless with them as is the Supreme Court.

            What the president of any university should say:
            “That’s waaay above my pay grade. Ask Coach (insert football coach’s name) since he makes an obscene amount of money, and this is entirely in his department. Being a transgender is of no advantage academically, so please don’t ask me again.”

          37. LarrytheG Avatar

            Yes. WHY does Ryan need to answer?

          38. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Because,… in order for a person to hold a position of authority, he must be an authoritarian. Otherwise he’s a wussie lefty.

          39. DJRippert Avatar

            He runs the university including the women’s sports teams. Why does Disney’s CEO have to respond to DeSantis’ so-called “don’t say gay” rule?

          40. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Ryan is to the NCAA as is the candy store ower to the MAFIA.

          41. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Maybe the same thing as Youngkin’s PR consultant…??

      2. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Yes, he can refer the issue to the NCAA, or the obscenely paid football coach.

  3. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    In case you cannot zoom in on the accompanying photograph, THIS is who is responsible…

  4. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    This is a problem easily solved with weight classes, non-gender specific weight classes. I guarantee that a 110 lb woman can compete with a 110 lb man in wrestling, boxing, running, skating, skiing, and swimming.

    Lia Thomas would still be the fastest woman in a 190-pound weight class, and would still be 400th in the class. No gain.

    1. walter smith Avatar
      walter smith

      Larry – you are wrong, as usual. If you overlapped 110 pound men and women, at the extremes, the woman could beat a man lower on the curve. But anywhere in general, randomly, it would be a huge exception. Men and women are … different!

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        before the transgender thing, there have been questions about the size and strength of some “pure” women also, no?

        You have a woman who is taller and more muscular than other woman and out performs?


        1. walter smith Avatar
          walter smith

          You mean some women are more masculine than others?
          Why, yes. Because not only are men and women different, different people are different…
          But if “it” has XX, “it” is woman; and if “it” has XY, “it” is male.

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            there are some women who are clearly bigger and stronger than most typical women through no personal efforts. Do those (women and men) who are bigger stronger than than other competitors have “unfair” advantages in that their superior performance may be due to their physical attributes they were born with rather than hard and diligent work on their part?

            If you are 5 ft tall, and very athletic , can you compete against 7 footers?

          2. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            That’s called life Larry. Different people are different. That’s why the top teams have better athletes. Smarter people are smarter. Faster people are faster. This could be the stupidest “point” you have ever made.

          3. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            East Africans in long distance running competition … unfair!!… according to Walter anyway…

  5. Donald Smith Avatar
    Donald Smith

    Are we sure Emma Wyant opposes Lia Thomas’ participation in the NCAA finals?

    The lady in the cowboy hat, Erica Sullivan of University of Texas, published an op-ed in Newsweek supporting…Lia Thomas.


    1. walter smith Avatar
      walter smith

      She agrees it is OK for her efforts to be diminished by cheating?
      Great. Let’s cheat at everything. (Oh, wait, UVA pretty much eviscerated the honor system) The UVA Men’s Basketball team was not up to recent years. Why not compete in the Women’s NCAA Tournament? Another National Championship! And soccer and lax? We could win the national cup competition!
      Why do we even have “men’s” and “women’s” sports?
      Seriously, you people are slaves – captives of an alien ideology of stupidity – and think you are so smart!
      And the UT swimmer proves another point – these kids have been indoctrinated and are afraid to speak…and they are terribly unhappy.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        why do we even have “sports” in College to start with? No connection with academics and in fact, we allow sub-standard academics for many who excel in sports but not academics?

        As far as I know, no other higher ed in the world integrates ‘sports’ into higher ed like
        we do. It’s really a scourge in many ways that distracts from, even perverts the concept of “higher ed” – it’s mostly not.

        Ryan and other higher ed leaders have little or anything to do with the NCAA and it’s rules and pretty sure he and UVA do treat trans-gender like they do any other , no?

        1. walter smith Avatar
          walter smith

          The old my hands are tied, Pontius Pilate dodge, huh Larry?
          He’s paid a million a year to lead an educational institution. And he doesn’t “know?”
          A steaming pile of you know what.
          Sorta like saying I follow the science (and will screw the kids over).
          These people are political apparatchiks, not educators. And I intend to smoke them out.
          Of course the BOV won’t resign. They’re political apparatchiks first. But they will be known as such when the dust settles.

    2. Fair question.

      Wyant has not publicly expressed her personal views, as far as I know. Perhaps she fears stirring an uproar, whichever way she leans.

  6. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    I’m training right now to break some female powerlifting records. It involves growing my hair out and drinking lots of bourbon. Once the hair is long enough I will transition just long enough to take a dump in the female bathroom at Lululemon and then set the female deadlift records. That evening I’ll transition back. Oh but I may also transition every Thursday long enough to enjoy the ladies drink specials.

  7. The governor of Weyant’s home state celebrated her victory but her own university administration did not. What an incredible reflection on academia’s hypocrisies.

    I want to both congratulate all biological women swimmers who participated and especially those who were bumped out of an accolade by Lia Thomas.

    I also want to point out that I played many sports as a young kid, some very competitively. I’m not convinced that there are no sex differences in abilities for them until puberty. If kids weren’t already sexually differentiated, they wouldn’t be born with one sex’s genitalia and reproductive organs. Male fetuses are virilized from the moment of conception.

    Unfortunately I wasn’t paying rapt attention to the more minor differences that childhood may have exposed in sports abilities, but I’m pretty sure they exists along with the basic sex differences we’re born with. Boys lungs don’t expand past girls’ in puberty. Girls uteruses are already taking up extra room in their abdomens (and ovaries, etc.) as little girls. The list goes on. The differences may be way more minute but they exist and don’t just magically appear at 10 years old.

    Thanks for any otherwise great letter, wish more people would take such an active role against what they don’t like happening. How did Americans become so passive?

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