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in this matter around the time of the London Olympics.
However it is only in Italian so I can't read it.
it's quite well known that a long term exposure to testosterone increases athletic performance, which is why TRT is quite heavily regulated in most sports and actually outright banned in a few
Obviously this isn't the fault of the women have conditions that will cause them to produce excessive testosterone, and it's no excuse for some of the methods that have used to diagnose these conditions ("just look at her") but I can't help but think it's somewhat naive to suggest it has no benefit at all.
If there's going to be testing it should be carried out across the board, I can't think of any reason they can't add hormone testing to the standard IOC guidelines.
Is based on levels in the normal population and not in the elite athlete population which has a total overlap
The whole 'therapy' and genital surgery stuff to conform to visual norms is just grim
Imagine if they did that to male athletes
"Sorry Usain, you're cock is a full 2 inches above average length - we're gonna have to chop a bit off - it's just not fair on the others"
how disability and impairment are treated in sports
although looking at the stats in a slightly different way the study carried out in the BBC suggests 87% of female athletes did fall within the expected range of testosterone along with 84% of men so I'm curious as to how Sonksen's data can be extrapolated into saying there's no gap at all.
Additionally it's not just an issue of testosterone levels of top athletes, but more an issue of how testosterone levels during the developmental stages of someones life can affect their physiology.
(which are way more common than most people would first think), challenge the principle that all bodies have an inbuilt inherent 'truth' about their sex and that this is dimorphic. so the problem with official sports and sporting authorities is that they uphold, at all costs, ideal and very restrictive understandings of sexual difference. which make it virtually impossible for intersex people's lives to even be culturally intelligible. for 'women's sports' and 'men's sports' to exist as a dualism, we need to effectively pretend that a continuum of human morphology, which includes intersexed condions, is not a thing.
Plus the incidence of women with intersex conditions and/or androgen conditions is of course far higher in elite sports so for it to be legislated against rather maintains a false 'ability gap' between male & female
'Male' & 'female' become bounded in a negative feedback of defining and policing norms
it is effectively saying, sorry you are too good at this FOR A WOMAN
that women who aren't intersexed\androgen insensitive may not have the same physical advantages. I realize fairness is a difficult concept to maintain when athletes come from vastly different backgrounds but I think it's also possible to see how this could potentially be problematic.
well, one of the problems.
though i don't know at present whether it's an assumed ability gap, or what research has been done
the idea that in order to compete, someone might have to have "extensive genital surgery"...that's horrific
i guess it's...sports governing bodies are desperate for their sport to remain competitive enough that they can rake in a whole buncha money from sponsorships, so if a case like Caster Semenya comes up, and they can say "ah but she's not all woman therefore she can't compete", they will. it's not a million miles from the idea in history that black people shouldn't compete against white people, because they'd win and that wouldn't be fair
while you have competitive sports as entertainment, this kind of shit ain't changing, is it? hrm.
assuming there are a dozen or so intersex conditions, and they infer /somewhat/ of a genetic advantage in terms of competitive sports, then what can you do if they consider themselves/are considered to be female?
that has inflated in the last 60 years and just generally get over the obsession with who is the fastest person in the world at doing "X"
enjoy the spectacle of it. I don't think there's any reason people should 'get over' that.
People watch what is put in front of them.
Have a good weekend everyone!
^annihilated by my debating skills
and this worth listening to from 6m30s http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l7pv3
unusually high quality for that programme.
I haven't listened to the programme yet.