Monday, December 18, 2006

Failling a gender test???

Well this article speak for itself. Now I understand the result, this person that won a silver medail in female athletic and either failed to prove she was actually a girl, or manage to prove on the test that she was actually a man.

But I have to wonder if this will not bring about a debate, if she is a transexual male, where should she compete? With male even if she consider herself a woman and as been taking woman hormones for quite a while? With woman even tho she was a man to begin with and
as a different muscle structure then born woman? Or only with other transexual? There is also the possibility that to increase her atlhetic abilities she as been taking so much hormones and performance enhancing drug that her body does not produce the normal hormones. In that case maybe it is time to get her out of the competition, it can't be healthy.

No matter the answer to the question, I wonder how this is going to affect sport and gender roles in society. Are there male athlete that would decide to undergo a sex change opperation to go from average in their discipline to first or second in the woman division (they might be in for a surprise, woman performace are catching up with men)? Will gender test become mandatory in sport? How do we solve this question without infringing on human right?

2 comments:

yofed said...

Actually, as far as I know, they already were gender testing in the 70s for the olympics.... I say that because at the time it was a big deal that princess Ann participated without being "tested" like everybody else... or something like that...

anyflower said...

Interesting...

Let's think about the workplace now. There are male job description and female job description at my work as well as for nurse jobs or cleaning team jobs. How can you decide if Michelle (fictional name) 6'3'', 240lbs of muscle (*and boobs), previously called Michel 5 years ago, will go to the dusting and toilet cleaning job when she was previously moving the big stuff around the place and doing a male job...

When there are gender differenciated jobs, how will you decide if a born female or a new female is going to win the interview process?

Many ethical questions: I have no answers. On that ground, there are so much factors to consider! Will transexuals ever be considered as equals to their new gender siblings? I doubt it. Should they? To whom is it not fare to refuse a job: the transexual or the "gender born" one? Ouch...