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Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces bill banning biological males from competing in women’s sports — and is immediately branded transphobic

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has introduced legislation that would effectively ban biological males from competing in women’s sports, no matter their transgender status.

At the time of this reporting, NCAA rules permit transgender women (biological males) to participate in women’s sports.

Following the news of the newly introduced bill, social media users branded Gabbard a transphobe.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday report from Sports Illustrated, Gabbard’s bill would specify that Title IX be applied solely on the basis of a person’s biological sex.

Gabbard introduced the “Protect Women’s Sports Act,” which was co-authored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) on Thursday.

A press release from the offices of Gabbard and Mullin said:

Since its creation, Title IX has been confronted by various challenges, often resulting in nuanced or situational solutions to the circumstances. This has included considering the fairness of an individual of one sex to play on a team designated for another sex when no such team is available to the individual, such as women’s field hockey or men’s football. This bill protects the sex-based intention of Title IX protections by reaffirming the biological sex-based distinctions between men and women in athletics.

In a statement, Gabbard added, “Title IX was a historic provision championed by Hawai’i’s own Congresswoman Patsy Mink in order to provide equal opportunity for women and girls in high school and college sports. It led to a generational shift that impacted countless women, creating life-changing opportunities for girls and women that never existed before.”

The Democratic lawmaker added, “However, Title IX is being weakened by some states who are misinterpreting Title IX, creating uncertainty, undue hardship, and lost opportunities for female athletes. Our legislation protects Title IX’s original intent, which was based on the general biological distinction between men and women athletes based on sex. It is critical that the legacy of Title IX continues to ensure women and girls in sports have the opportunity to compete and excel on a level playing field.”

In a statement, Mullin said, “Title IX was designed to give women and girls and equal chance to succeed, including in sports. Allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports diminishes that equality and takes away from the original intent of Title IX. As the father of three girls involved in athletics, I want them to be able to compete on a level playing field. I am proud to lead this bill that will safeguard the integrity of women’s sports and ensure female athletes can compete fairly.”

What was the reaction?

RawStory reporter Matthew Chapman addressed the new bill, and on Twitter, wrote, “Tulsi Gabbard is scum and her weird online cult of supporters are scum too.”

American Independent editor Kaili Joy Gray added, “Tulsi returns to her bigoted roots.”

Biologist Jeremy Yoder wrote, “Tulsi turning TERF is the absolute opposite of surprising, it’s anti-surprise, it’s actually reducing my degree of surprise at totally unrelated things that have happened in the last 24 hours.”

Writer Charlotte Clymer added, “Tulsi Gabbard is now introducing a blatantly transphobic piece of legislation aimed at trans and non-binary young people. Of course, that’s hardly surprising for a Republican.”

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In an attempt at inclusivity, Tampax tweets that men get periods, too — and it backfires spectacularly

Tampon manufacturer Tampax has insisted that men can get periods, too, sparking a firestorm on social media for being anti-woman and more.

What are the details?

As reported by the New York Post, tampon brand Tampax — which is owned by Proctor & Gamble — tweeted in September, “Not all people with periods are women.”

Though the company tweeted the message last month, it’s now gaining traction across the internet, sparking heavy criticism from those who believe in science.

Tampax tagged the tweet #mythbusting, #periodtruths, and #transisbeautiful.

The tweet reads, “Fact: Not all women have periods. Also a fact: Not all people with periods are women. Let’s celebrate the diversity of all people who bleed!”

At the time of this reporting, the tweet received more than 27,000 comments.

What was the response?

Despite hordes of social media users rallying around the company with praise for such an inclusive campaign, many people railed against the notion and argued that the company is alienating women and ignoring science.

Conservative author and commentator Ben Shapiro wrote, “Fact: all people with periods are women.”

Former Major League Baseball player Curt Schilling added, “Every single person that has have had a cycle is scientifically and genetically a woman. That’s not offensive, it’s not meant to be offensive, it’s just a scientific fact. Facts can’t be offensive but YOU can be offended by them when they don’t follow your narrative.”

Another social media user added, “Sigh…so tired of companies disrespecting their main target audience & gaslighting the public for virtue signaling points.”

“I honestly don’t understand how some companies sound identical to parody or satire,” another user wrote.

One woman who identified herself as a mother chimed in, “Oh dear @Tampax your products are more expensive but I have been buying them for decades. Not any more. Anyone who calls me and my daughter “people who bleed” isn’t getting a penny more of my money.”

One user seemed to encourage a boycott of the company, and wrote, “Tampax is owned by P&G. You can also boycott their other products: Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®.”

“Dear Tampax, are there instructions on the box for men who want to insert a tampon up their penises? As an attorney who has successfully litigated product liability cases, I would be very interested in your answer, in writing of course,” added another user who identified himself as an attorney.