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Gender, Steroids, and Fairness in Sport / John Devine

Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Volume: 13, Issue: 2, Pages: 161 - 169

Swansea University Author: John, Devine

Abstract

Eligibility to compete in sport is organised principally around two binary distinctions: ‘clean/doped’ and ‘male/female’. These distinctions are challenged both by steroid users who wish to return to competition following a period of suspension, and trans women athletes who wish to compete in women’...

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Published in: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy
ISSN: 1751-1321 1751-133X
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa36717
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Abstract: Eligibility to compete in sport is organised principally around two binary distinctions: ‘clean/doped’ and ‘male/female’. These distinctions are challenged both by steroid users who wish to return to competition following a period of suspension, and trans women athletes who wish to compete in women’s events. Recent empirical work has suggested that steroid users retain an elevated capacity for muscle reacquisition years after they cease to use steroids. I suggest that an analogous worry may arise with respect to certain trans women athletes who wish to compete in women’s events. If sound, this argument would establish an unexpected parallel between eligibility debates surrounding returning dopers and trans women athletes.
Keywords: Doping, transgender athletes, trans sport, gender and sport, eligibility to compete
Issue: 2
Start Page: 161
End Page: 169