In contrast to high testosterone heterosexual middle-aged men of conventionally masculine interests (science fiction, golf, military, economics, computers, etc.) who are used to getting their way who develop an obsessive sexual fetish and demand that everybody address them as, say, Caitlyn, there are also a small number of individuals born with birth defects regarding their genitals that make them feel on the inside different than doctors might guess from inspecting their newborn groins.
Most extremely effeminate male homosexuals are not high achievers, so they don’t get as much press as the even tinier number of highly masculine autogynephiles.
But the existence of women’s sports, where the most fundamental shortcut to winning is to be a man, shines the spotlight on the occasional birth defect in the opposite direction.
For example, slam-dunking 6’8″ baritone-voiced Britney Griner of the WNBA skipped the 2012 Olympics, where women competitors imposed sex testing so they don’t have to compete against crypto-men.
But we live in an age where the interests of the majority, even if they are women, are automatically suspect compared to the interests of an, ideally, microscopic minority.
From the New York Times:
Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete
By JOHN BRANCH JULY 27, 2015
The final appeals court for global sports on Monday further blurred the line separating male and female athletes, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Switzerland, questioned the athletic advantage of naturally high levels of testosterone in women and therefore immediately suspended the practice of “hyperandrogenism regulation” by track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations. It gave the organization, known as the I.A.A.F., two years to provide more persuasive scientific evidence linking “enhanced testosterone levels and improved athletic performance.”
The court was ruling on a case, involving the Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, that is the latest demonstration that sex is part of a spectrum, not a this-or-that definition easily divided for matters such as sport. It also leaves officials wondering how and where to set the boundaries between male and female competition. …
Chand, an 18-and-under national champion in the 100 meters and an Olympic hopeful, was found to have hyperandrogenism and barred from competing against women in 2014 because her natural levels of testosterone exceeded guidelines for female athletes. Now, Chand and other women who may have similar conditions can participate in international competition, perhaps including next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. …
Of course, judging by India’s remarkable track record in the Olympics (India’s national sporting motto: Thank Vishnu for Bangladesh!), having the testosterone level of an Indian male probably won’t turn Chand into Flo-Jo.
The panel was ruling specifically on track and field’s regulation, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s wide jurisdiction means its decision is likely to serve as a precedent for other sports around the world. …
In a case more clearly linked to that of Chand, the South African runner Caster Semenya in 2009 was barred from competition and reinstated nearly a year later after a series of sex tests and much publicity. …
Among those who testified in support of the I.A.A.F. policy was the British runner Paula Radcliffe, who holds the world record among women in the marathon. According to the ruling, Radcliffe said that elevated testosterone levels “make the competition unequal in a way greater than simple natural talent and dedication.” She said that other top athletes shared her view.
“The concern remains that their bodies respond in different, stronger ways to training and racing than women with normal testosterone levels, and that this renders the competition fundamentally unfair,” Radcliffe said of such hyperandrogenic athletes.
But the last word in the article doesn’t belong to the majority of women athletes because, while they may be women, they are still the majority, not the minority. Instead:
“I am shocked and heartened by C.A.S.’s decision,” said Katrina Karkazis, of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University, who helped argue Chand’s case. “I didn’t think it was our time. Dutee has made history with her courageous decision to challenge a policy she felt was unfair to her and to all women athletes.
“It’s a victory for women’s equality in sport. And I’m thrilled she can just now run.”
It’s fascinating how people lobbying for individual special interests have mastered the art of using feminist propaganda: “a victory for women’s equality in sport.”