A Canadian journalism professor recently locked down her X account, previously known as Twitter, and faced the backlash of former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines after suggesting that parents should expose their children to the genitals of adults.
Gaines, an advocate for women’s sports and a critic of the transgender agenda, was one of many people who reacted to the comments made by University of British Columbia professor Katja Thieme.
According to reports from the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Thieme had posted a video on Twitter of Gaines speaking in defense of female athletes against potential intrusion by transgender-identifying participants.
Last month, Thieme tweeted her response to this video which caused widespread disapproval.
She commented, “Hey, want to know one of my all-time excellent parenting ideas?”
The radical, far-left teacher added, “Let. Little. Children. See. Penises. And. Vulvas. Of. Various. Ages. And. Sizes. In. A. Casual. Normalized. Totally. Safe. Way. The world will thank you for it. And so will those children when they grow up.”
She also referred to Gaines as “whiny” and a “transphobe,” and stated that female athletes who express discomfort with males in their locker rooms only fuel “anti-trans activism.”
On July 10, a tweet prompted numerous reactions, leading Thieme to adjust her account settings to private. In response to the post, one individual remarked.
“This is the absolute definition of grooming. Regrettably, it seems unlikely that any disciplinary action was taken by the university due to the prevalence of liberalism in Canada and academia.”
Gaines later came across an article from The Mail and provided her own assessment of the situation.
She suggested that Thieme should be held accountable in a court of law.
“You. Are. Deranged. And. Should. Be. In. Prison. I’d tag you, but, naturally, you made your account private,” Gaines wrote.
She added, “If you need a guest lecturer for you [SIC] course, let me know. In the meantime, someone should check her search history.”
If you're not inclined to click on the article, my tweet is in response to this tweet from Theime:
'Let. Little. Children. See. Penises. And. Vulvas. Of. Various. Ages. And. Sizes. In. A. Casual. Normalized. Totally. Safe. Way.'
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) August 3, 2023
Gaines faced a difficult challenge competing against Lia Thomas, a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s swim team.
Even more troubling was that she had to share a locker room with him, an experience which has spurred her to become a passionate advocate for safeguarding women and girls from male athletes who are increasingly engaging in sports alongside them, as well as invading their private spaces.
.@Riley_Gaines_ on deciding to speak out against Lia Thomas competing against female athletes: "I remember the moment when it hit me, that if we as women…weren't willing to stick up for ourselves how could we expect someone else to stick up for us? This has to come from us." pic.twitter.com/O8YxRoyYkK
— YAF (@yaf) August 6, 2023
Neither Thieme nor her university has responded to the professor’s tweet — nor Gaines’ response.
She also says her areas of study include “gender and sexuality” as well as “political movements.”