Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes

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Rowman & Littlefield, Dec 11, 2019 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are likely to feature the first transgender athlete, a topic that will be highly contentious during the competition. But transgender and intersex athletes such as Laurel Hubbard, Tifanny Abreu, and Caster Semenya didn’t just turn up overnight. Both intersex and transgender athletes have been newsworthy stories for decades.

In Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes, Joanna Harper provides an in-depth examination of why gender diverse athletes are so controversial. She not only delves into the history of these athletes and their personal stories, but also explains in a highly accessible manner the science behind their gender diversity and why the science is important for regulatory committees—and the general public—to consider when evaluating sports performance.

Sporting Gender gives the reader a perspective that is both broad in scope and yet detailed enough to grasp the nuances that are central in understanding the controversies over intersex and transgender athletes. Featuring personal investigations from the author, who has had first-person access to some of the most significant recent developments in this complex arena, this book provides fascinating insight into sex, gender, and sports.
 

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Contents

1 Prehistoric Womens Sport
1
2 The Science of Intersex Conditions
9
3 Intersex Athletes in the 1930s
21
4 Postwar Sex Testing
35
5 Transgender 101
47
6 Early Transgender Athletes
57
7 Not the End of Sex Testing
69
8 Joannas Story
81
15 Transgender Athletes 20132017
165
16 The 2016 IOC Transgender Guidelines
179
17 Aftermath of the CAS Decision in the Chand Case
193
18 Transgender Athletes 20152018
207
19 Transgender Athletic Research Update
221
20 The Caster Semenya Trial
233
One Last Story
247
Recent Developments in Gender and Sports
251

9 Transgender and Intersex Athletes 20042009
93
10 Caster Semenya
105
11 Transgender and Intersex Athletes 20092014
115
12 The PostSemenya Landscape
129
13 Dutee Chand
141
14 Dutee Chand versus the IAAF in the CAS
153
Notes
253
Bibliography
307
Index
315
About the Author
323
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Joanna Harper is a medical physicist who has written extensively on gender and sport. She has been an expert advisor to many international sports federations, including the International Olympic Committee, on matters relating to gender variance and sport. Harper was an expert witness for the IAAF at both the Semenya and Chand trials before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Harper has been racing at a relatively high level for over forty years—first in the men’s category, and for the last twelve years in the women’s category.

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