Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Female Olympians Having Testosterone More than Average Athletes may be Banned

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is reportedly considering new rules that would ban female Olympians who are not "feminine" enough. The IOC argues that women with high testosterone levels similar to the amount found in men have an unfair athletic advantage, and should be barred from competing alongside female athletes with average testosterone levels. 

Rebecca Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis co-wrote a blistering takedown of the proposal in The New York Times, arguing that such a rule would be discriminatory and ineffective, as "there is just too much variation in how bodies make and respond to testosterone" for the guidelines to be fair. Should the IOC reconsider?

Read more: Business Insider


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