Progressive activist and soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe went off on a rather confusing rant about “inclusive term” women’s bodies after a Supreme Court decision on Friday overruled abortion decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, effectively kicking abortion restrictions back to the states.
The SCOTUS decision, Rapinoe said at a U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) media event on Friday, “certainly” doesn’t keep “one single child safer,” nor does it “keep one single, inclusive term, woman safer.”
The athlete went on to say that it’s hard to describe how “difficult it is to live in a country where you have a constant, unrelenting, violent tide against you, and onslaught as a woman. And it would be as a gay person, as a nonbinary person, as a trans person, whoever this is going to affect, because it affects a lot more than just women, or ‘cis-women.’”
The verbal gymnastics seemed consistent throughout her comments: “There are an infinite amount of reasons why a woman chooses to do what she does with her body,” Rapinoe said, before adding plural or “gender neutral” pronouns, “or what they do with their body.”
Seeming to undercut her gender-neutral language, Rapinoe reportedly said men are “allowing a violent and consistent onslaught on the autonomy of women’s bodies, on women’s rights, on women’s minds, on our hearts, on our souls. We live in a country that forever tries to chip away at what you have enabled, at what you have been privileged enough to feel your entire life.”
The forward looked to be reading off notes and opened her comments with a shaky voice and tears in her eyes. “I wish that we could just talk about soccer today,” she said, “but obviously with the ruling on Roe v. Wade, that takes precedence over everything.”
Rapinoe, an award-winning female athlete herself, made waves on Sunday when she told Time magazine she is “100% supportive” of “trans inclusion” in girls sports, dismissing concerns about fairness and emphasizing that people “need to understand that sports is not the most important thing in life.”
“I would also encourage everyone out there who is afraid someone’s going to have an unfair advantage over their kid to really take a step back and think what are we actually talking about here,” she said. “We’re talking about people’s lives. I’m sorry, your kid’s high school volleyball team just isn’t that important.”
Rapinoe argued that not many girls have been shortchanged by transgender athletes, yet, anyway.
“Show me the evidence that trans women are taking everyone’s scholarships, are dominating in every sport, are winning every title. I’m sorry, it’s just not happening,” she said. “So we need to start from inclusion, period. And as things arise, I have confidence that we can figure it out. But we can’t start at the opposite. That is cruel. And frankly, it’s just disgusting.”
“We need to really kind of take a step back and get a grip on what we’re really talking about here because people’s lives are at risk,” Rapinoe added. “Kids’ lives are at risk with the rates of suicide, the rates of depression and negative mental health and drug abuse.”