Lecture: "The Trouble with Too Much T: Examining Eligibility Policies for Elite Women Athletes," Katrina Karkazis | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Lecture: "The Trouble with Too Much T: Examining Eligibility Policies for Elite Women Athletes," Katrina Karkazis

September 24, 2015 - 4:30pm - 5:45pm

In spring 2015, teen Indian sprinter Dutee Chand brought an historic appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, challenging a policy regulating competition eligibility of women with naturally high testosterone (T). These policies, which were adopted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), regulate levels of natural T in women athletes, arguing these women have unfair advantage over women with lower natural levels. Unless they are androgen resistant, women with high T must lower their levels by drugs or surgery in order to continue competing in the women’s category—a category they’ve competed in their whole lives.

Though ostensibly not a continuation of the decades-long doomed project of sex testing female athletes, the T policy nevertheless is the latest attempt to use a biological marker to draw a bright line between women and men for sex-segregated sports and to regulate who can compete as a woman. Katrina Karkazis who helped to bring the Chand case will provide a wide-ranging discussion of why too much T in women is considered a problem at all—and the harmful effects of seeing it as such.

For more information, see this article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/sports/international/dutee-chand-female-sprinter-with-high-male-hormone-level-wins-right-to-compete.html?_r=0

 

GSWS will hold a discussion-based colloquium for faculty and graduate students on Dr. Karkazis's important book Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience as well from 12:30-2:00 in 402-E Cathedral of Learning (GSWS Library). A limited number of books are available for GSWS faculty and graduate students.

The suggested reading is chaps. 5 and 7.

 

 

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