In Sherri Irvin (ed.), Body Aesthetics. New York, NY, USA: pp. 192-221 (2016)

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Peg Brand Weiser
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
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This essay is about the history of challenges that women in elite sports have faced with respect to their gender identity within a society that perpetuates misleading aesthetic norms of beauty; it is a history fraught with controversy and injustice. . . . We recommend both the acknowledgment within the realm of elite sport of perceptual sexism based on misleading aesthetic norms of beauty, and a way of correcting such erroneous categorization that allows athletes the autonomy and agency to choose to compete as male or female based on a declaration of their own gender identity.
Keywords beauty, gender, Caster Semenya, women's sports
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