A Critique Of The New Policies On Elite Female Athletes

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Title: Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes Author(s): Katrina Karkazis, Rebecca Jordan-Young, Georgiann Davis, Silvia Camporesi Date:2012 Keywords: feminist ethics, gender/ sexuality, intersex Research Question/Problem: The policies concerning female athletics were unfair and targeted only women and not men. Method/Approach: Describing the IAAF and IOC policies and uses an example of a female athlete (Caster Semenya). Argument/Conclusion: The policies concerning female athletics are made to seem fair but at the same time they target only those women who look more masculine than the others and as a result intensify the “gender policies” that plagues women’s sports. Argument…show more content…
-IAAF went under extreme criticism for the way they handles Semenya’s case -New IAAF policy was that only women who had under 10 nmol/ L of testosterone levels could compete in female athletics. -Women who have been identified for evaluation must undergo three exams and then go under treatment if needed. -policies make assumptions about gender and its relationship to bodies; sex and gender although expected to be consist with each other do not always do so. -target gender nonconforming female athletics; no real evidence showing that testosterone levels are the cause for unfair advantages Strengths/Weaknesses: Compelling argument of how the policies concerning female athletics are unfair to those women who do not meet society’s norm of what they consider to be female. Target the women who look more masculine since they consider them to have an advantage over the “regular” women. Strengths would be the example of Caster Semenya and the actual policies that were incorporated in the article. Title: The Measurement of Psychological Androgyny Author(s): Sandra L. Bem Date:1974 Keywords: feminine, masculine, androgynous, sex-role inventory Research Question/Problem: testing sex- roles and taking into consideration androgyny Method/Approach: Using data of how students rate masculine, feminine, and neutral words and seeing the social desirability between femininity, masculinity and androgyny Argument/Conclusion: Investigators should focus on the
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