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Clear Skies Overhead for Dutee Chand, But Clouds Loom on the Horizon

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 07.29.2016 | Sports
Silvia Camporesi

Better late than never, one could say. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced yesterday that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations on Hyperandrogenism have been suspended until further evidence can be provided.

The Burden of Proving Femininity in Athletics: Why Dutee Chand Should be Allowed to Compete

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 05.25.2015 | Women
Silvia Camporesi

The assumption of the IAAF regulations is that hyperandrogenism -- a genetic variation where female individuals produce high levels of testosterone -- provides an unfair advantage and disrupts the level playing field. This assumption is wrong.

What Are Little Girls Made Of: The Dangers Of The New Olympics Gender Tests

Maya Rupert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maya Rupert

According to the new IOC rules, the test won't be administered to all female athletes but only when "the chief medical officer of a national Olympic committee or a member of the IOC's medical commission requests it." This will disadvantage any woman perceived as not sufficiently feminine.

Are We Ready to Embrace Prenatal Blood Tests?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

In the field of prenatal diagnosis this has become a holy grail of sorts, with researchers chasing a reliable test, and diagnostics companies lapping at their heels to bring the tests to market and reap the financial rewards.

Semenya's Struggle Teaches Us About Understanding Gender Identity

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Emma Ruby-Sachs

A South African runner whose gender identity stirred up huge controversy will be permitted to keep her title and prize money. But how do we define what is too male to compete in a women's sport?

Genetic Freaks: Semenya & Yao. One Gets Humiliation, the Other Gets an NBA Contract. Why?

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jane Devin

I find it disturbing that anyone, least of all an 18 year-old, would be subjected to forced gender testing in order to appease their competitors.

What Defines A Woman...And What Does California's Prop 8 Have To Do With Menopause?

Rebecca Booth, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Booth, MD

Recently I have held some interesting conversations stemming from the debate about California's Prop 8. Specifically, if the law defines the state of matrimony to be legal only between a man and a woman, how does the law define a man and a woman?