David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
American Journal of Bioethics 12 (7):3-16 (2012)
In May 2011, more than a decade after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) abandoned sex testing, they devised new policies in response to the IAAF's treatment of Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose sex was challenged because of her spectacular win and powerful physique that fueled an international frenzy questioning her sex and legitimacy to compete as female. These policies claim that atypically high levels of endogenous testosterone in women (caused by various medical conditions) create an unfair advantage and must be regulated. Against the backdrop of Semenya's case and the scientific and historical complexity of ?gender verification? in elite sports, we question the new policies on three grounds: (1) the underlying scientific assumptions; (2) the policymaking process; and (3) the potential to achieve fairness for female athletes. We find the policies in each of these domains significantly flawed and therefore argue they should be withdrawn
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Alice Dreger (2010). Sex Typing for Sport. Hastings Center Report 40 (2):22-24.
Gayle Rubin (1975). The Traffic in Women: Notes on the "Political Economy" of Sex. In Rayna R. Reiter (ed.), Toward an Anthropology of Women. Monthly Review Press. 157--210.
Citations of this work BETA
Lance Wahlert & Autumn Fiester (2012). Gender Transports: Privileging the “Natural” in Gender Testing Debates for Intersex and Transgender Athletes. American Journal of Bioethics 12 (7):19 - 21.
Dan O'Connor & Ishan Dasgupta (2012). Sport Is Arbitrary, and That's OK. American Journal of Bioethics 12 (7):30 - 31.
Shari L. Dworkin & Cheryl Cooky (2012). Sport, Sex Segregation, and Sex Testing: Critical Reflections on This Unjust Marriage. American Journal of Bioethics 12 (7):21 - 23.
Pam R. Sailors, Sarah J. Teetzel & Charlene Weaving (2012). The Complexities of Sport, Gender, and Drug Testing. American Journal of Bioethics 12 (7):23 - 25.
Stéphane Bermon, Martin Ritzen, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg & Thomas H. Murray (2013). Are the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes Really Out of Bounds? Response to “Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes”. American Journal of Bioethics 13 (5):63-65.
Similar books and articles
Hida Patricia Viloria & Maria Jose Martínez-Patino (2012). Reexamining Rationales of “Fairness”: An Athlete and Insider's Perspective on the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes. American Journal of Bioethics 12 (7):17-19.
Maren Behrensen, Intersex Athletes: Do We Need A Gender Police In Professional Sports? IWM Junior Visiting Fellows' Conferences XXIX.
Michael Burke (2004). What Would Happen If a 'Woman' Outpaced the Winner of the Gold Medal in the 'Men's' One Hundred Meters? Philosophy in the Contemporary World 11 (1):35-43.
Claudia Wiesemann (2011). Is There a Right Not to Know One's Sex? The Ethics of 'Gender Verification' in Women's Sports Competitions. Journal of Medical Ethics 37 (4):216-220.
Cynthia Townley (2010). More on Enrolling Female Students in Science and Engineering. Science and Engineering Ethics 16 (2):295-301.
Kutte Jönsson (2007). Who's Afraid of Stella Walsh? On Gender, 'Gene Cheaters', and the Promises of Cyborg Athletes. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1 (2):239 – 262.
Sarah Teetzel (2007). Respecting Privacy in Detecting Illegitimate Enhancements in Athletes. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1 (2):159 – 170.
Ira Sprotzer & Ilene V. Goldberg (1992). Fetal Protection: Law, Ethics and Corporate Policy. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 11 (10):731 - 735.
John Coggon, Natasha Hammond & S.⊘ren Holm (2008). Transsexuals in Sport–Fairness and Freedom, Regulation and Law. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (1):4-17.
Bert Scholtens & Lammertjan Dam (2007). Cultural Values and International Differences in Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 75 (3):273 - 284.
R. Juha (2001). Coercive Population Policies, Procreative Freedom, and Morality. Philosophy and Geography 4 (1):67 – 77.
Samia Nour (2011). National, Regional and Global Perspectives of Higher Education and Science Policies in the Arab Region. Minerva 49 (4):387-423.
Anne Hudson Jones (2003). Can Authorship Policies Help Prevent Scientific Misconduct? What Role for Scientific Societies? Science and Engineering Ethics 9 (2):243-256.
Marta Guivernau & Joan L. Duda (2002). Moral Atmosphere and Athletic Aggressive Tendencies in Young Soccer Players. Journal of Moral Education 31 (1):67-85.
Jessica S. Ancker & Annette Flanagin (2007). A Comparison of Conflict of Interest Policies at Peer-Reviewed Journals in Different Scientific Disciplines. Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (2):147-157.
Added to index2012-06-14
Total downloads9 ( #165,606 of 1,101,875 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #52,459 of 1,101,875 )
How can I increase my downloads?