wherethingsbreakdown:

raggedyanndy:

IAAF approves new rules on hyperandrogenism

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

• IAAF clarifies position on testosterone in female athletes
• Regulations aim to avoid repeat of Caster Semenya affair

The IAAF has approved the adoption of new rules and regulations governing the eligibility of females with hyperandrogenism to take part in women’s competition.

Competition in athletics will continue to be divided by gender, recognising that there is a difference in sporting performance between elite men and women predominantly due to higher levels of androgenic hormones in men.

A female with hyperandrogenism who is recognised as a female in law will be eligible to compete in women’s competition in athletics provided that she has androgen levels below the male range (measured by reference to testosterone levels in serum) or, if she has androgen levels within the male range she also has an androgen resistance which means that she derives no competitive advantage from such levels.

A pool of international medical experts has been appointed by the IAAF to review cases referred to it and to make recommendations to the IAAF in such cases to decide on the eligibility of female athletes with hyperandrogenism.

translation: any woman who performs better than officials think she should will be banned from competition until she is subjected to a battery of physically/emotionally invasive exams to prove that she falls within an arbitrary definition of womanhood.

because the definition of woman is “genetically sucks at sports,” and any variation from that makes you a fucking fraud.

(via whereskullsarebroken)

Currently reading:

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

Annabel by Kathleen Winter. Here’s the blurb:

In 1968, in a remote part of Canada, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people share the secret—the baby’s parents and a trusted neighbour. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to go through surgery and raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows up within the hyper-male hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self—a girl he thinks of as ‘Annabel’—is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life. As Wayne approaches adulthood, and its emotional and physical demands, the woman inside him begins to cry out. The changes that follow are momentous not just for him, but for the three adults that have guarded his secret.

(UK link) (US link)

Will post a review when i’ve finished. I’ve heard positive things about it, though.

Okay, i finished Annabel on Monday and here are my thoughts.

I really enjoyed it. I don’t know what i was expecting—i think something a lot like Middlesex—but this was quite different from whatever that was. If i could describe it in one word I would call it delicate. The story is delicate. The writing is strong. It’s a great novel.

I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
(UK link) (US link

Currently reading:

Annabel by Kathleen Winter. Here’s the blurb:

In 1968, in a remote part of Canada, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people share the secret—the baby’s parents and a trusted neighbour. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to go through surgery and raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows up within the hyper-male hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self—a girl he thinks of as ‘Annabel’—is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life. As Wayne approaches adulthood, and its emotional and physical demands, the woman inside him begins to cry out. The changes that follow are momentous not just for him, but for the three adults that have guarded his secret.

(UK link) (US link)

Will post a review when i’ve finished. I’ve heard positive things about it, though.

You know what? I’ll just embed the first part.

This is part one of BRILLIANT documentary Paris is Burning. The Wikipedia entry sums it up better than i could:

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America. 

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