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Olympic medallist Sharron Davies faces backlash for saying ‘binary sex matters’

Vic Parsons July 1, 2019

Sharron Davies' Team GB ambassador portrait in 2011. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images for Team GB/British Olympic Association)

Ex-Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies is being criticised after she said that “humanity dies out” if you put a “biological male and a trans woman on an island.”

“Binary sex matters,” Davies, 56, said.

The former British swimmer won an Olympic silver medal in the 400m individual medley at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

In March 2019, Davies said that she doesn’t believe transgender women should be allowed to compete in women’s sport.

“It’s not a transphobic thing,” she told the BBC at the time.

Twitter users have criticised Davies’ latest comments.

“She sounds like she’s on crack,” one user wrote.

Greg Owen, a co-founder of the I Want Prep Now campaign, replied to Davies’s, “You ok hun?”

 

James Felton, the Bafta-winning writer of CBBC show The Dog Ate My Homework, said, “Why are you putting imaginary people on imaginary islands in order to manufacture problems that don’t exist? “Ah you don’t mind trans people now, but what if they were the last people on an island i made up, hmm? DO YOU WANT HUMANITY TO DIE, HMMM?” makes you think.”

Other users have highlighted that in Davies’ scenario, repopulating the planet becomes difficult due to the limited gene pool.

Yet more Twitter users have criticised what they see as Davies’ anti-feminist perspective.

The trans activist and writer Shon Faye said, “Hard not to read this tweet and imagine myself, a trans woman, at the end of humanity. Being repeatedly mounted by my male companion, who hopes to populate our new home, to no avail.”

Davies’ responded to some Twitter users, including those who accused her of homophobia.

Davies also added on to her original tweet that her experiment would only work if “we haven’t killed all the fish with plastic first!!”

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