Martina Navratilova Flames Reporter after “Take Back Title IX” Tour Bus is Vandalized

Lefteris Pitarakis

Independent Women's Forum (IWF) members, a women's advocacy group, are on a 13-day bus tour. 

The tour is called the "Our Bodies Our Sports - Take Back Title IX" tour. It is bringing attention to the Biden administration's rewriting of Title IX. Riley Gaines, NCAA swimmer Paula Scanan, and legendary tennis star Martina Navratilova are joining the women. Riley Gaines, a former NCAA champion swimmer and current podcast host, was at the forefront of speaking out against transgender athletes in women's sports. She is a trailblazer. 

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The supporters of trans athletes are an active, intense population. Progressives are more concerned with appeasing a tiny minority of trans activists than they are with preserving women's sports. IWF members are frequently criticized as being anti-trans. 

It is not anti-trans to want women to be protected under Title IX. It is wrong for men to compete with women because it is not fair competition. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that men are physically stronger than women. They are faster, too. That is science. Whatever happened to the progressive left insisting that we all 'follow the science' when it came to other issues? Shouldn't athletic competition also rely on science when the rules are made?

The tour bus was vandalized with vulgar language and messages written with Sharpie markers, calling the group anti-trans on Thursday in North Carolina. 

The group held a rally in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Thursday, but when they were set to leave, they found their bus "egged & defaced with profanity and anti-woman messages" by "overnight vandals."

Messages from the vandals included "Hate Group," "Trans women are women," "f--- transphobia," and "Bigots on board." A penis was also drawn on the bus.

The Carrboro Police Department said to Fox News Digital that they were unsure of the cost of damage.

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The bus tour manager released a statement

"It’s disgusting but not surprising to see such a blatant anti-woman attack on a tour bus – our home on the road – that represents a national movement fighting to preserve equal opportunity, fairness, and safety for women in athletics," IWF coalition and bus tour manager Brianna Howard said in a statement. "The Title IX rewrite from the Biden administration is in itself just that – an attack on women. We are disheartened but will continue to stand strong and share this important message across the country: women will not be replaced or sidelined. The Our Bodies, Our Sports Coalition has been working to save women’s sports since 2021, and we aren’t slowing down anytime soon. This cowardice attack will only make us stronger and louder as we continue to roll into Washington, D.C., to amplify our message to the administration and Congress!"

Riley Gaines spoke out, too.

Added Gaines: "It's amazing that females wanting female-only sports warrants such a reaction. They’ve resorted to name-calling, defaming, and intentional misrepresentation when they can't dissuade from our position. And now they’ve added violence and vandalism to their tactics. Common sense, logic, reason, lived experience, and science are on our side. Let's be clear. The trans-rights activists don't want inclusion; they want the exclusion of women."

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As Martina pointed out, this isn't a left versus right issue for everyone. She calls herself a leftist yet she has been in support of women in sports from the beginning of the trans movement. When another woman on the tour called herself a leftist, Martina said she was, too. 

Martina blasted a reporter who responded to her by calling her anti-trans. 


Ouch. And yea!

This is where we are. Women athletes are being injured by men during competitions. The battle to get Title IX passed took years. It's important that women have the opportunity to compete in sports. They receive scholarships for education and they can go on to professional career opportunities. If men continue to compete in women's sports, women's sports will cease to exist. Women have to stand up and say no. The same is true of their families and coaches. It has to stop. Where are all the feminists? 

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John Stossel 5:30 PM | July 13, 2024
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