The Resource Sex testing : gender policing in women's sports, Lindsay Parks Pieper

Sex testing : gender policing in women's sports, Lindsay Parks Pieper

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Sex testing : gender policing in women's sports
Title
Sex testing
Title remainder
gender policing in women's sports
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Lindsay Parks Pieper
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "In 1968, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) implemented sex testing for female athletes at that year's Games. When it became clear that testing regimes failed to delineate a sex divide, the IOC began to test for gender --a shift that allowed the organization to control the very idea of womanhood. Lindsay Parks Pieper explores sex testing in sport from the 1930s to the early 2000s. Focusing on assumptions and goals as well as means, Pieper examines how the IOC in particular insisted on a misguided binary notion of gender that privileged Western norms. Testing evolved into a tool to identify--and eliminate--athletes the IOC deemed too strong, too fast, or too successful. Pieper shows how this system punished gifted women while hindering the development of women's athletics for decades. She also reveals how the flawed notions behind testing--ideas often sexist, racist, or ridiculous--degraded the very idea of female athleticism"--
  • "To assess the long-lasting significance of sex testing in sport, this book explores its history, from the 1930s to the early 2000s, with particular emphasis on the International Olympic Committee's mandated compulsory sex checks on all female competitors. In 1968 the Medical Commission implemented the first test of the modern Olympic Movement. The procedure intended to guarantee the authenticity of Olympic competitors and identify male masqueraders, as well as to scientifically confirm the separation of men and women in athletic competition. Although the Medical Commission never discovered a single male imposter, and the test illustrated the impossibility of determining the exact constitution of woman, the IOC maintained the policy for three decades. With both the impossibility of discovering a clear sex divide and the increased presence of female dopers, the IOC adjusted its semantic framework to encapsulate gender normativity. The conspicuous adjustment from sex to gender underscored the Medical Commission's changing anxieties. Rather than to catch men disguised as women, the test evolved into a measure to preclude female Olympians with biological advantages. In other words, the Medical Commission eventually viewed gender verification as a tool to eliminate competitors it deemed too strong, too fast or too successful for women's competition. Olympic womanhood--dependent on a belief in natural, dichotomous sex/gender difference--required female athletes to conform to conventional notions of white, Western femininity. Through these regulations, the IOC has continuously reaffirmed a binary notion of sex, privileged white gender norms and hampered female athleticism"--
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1985-
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Pieper, Lindsay Parks
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
GV709
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Sport and society
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  • IOC Medical Commission
  • IOC Medical Commission
  • Women athletes
  • Sex discrimination in sports
  • Sports
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • Sex discrimination in sports
  • Sports
  • Women athletes
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Security
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
  • Athletes
  • Athletic Performance
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Sexism
  • Gender Identity
  • Racism
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Sex testing : gender policing in women's sports, Lindsay Parks Pieper
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252098444
Lccn
2016004102
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt18j89t8
System control number
  • (OCoLC)936205674
  • (OCoLC)ocn936205674
Label
Sex testing : gender policing in women's sports, Lindsay Parks Pieper
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252098444
Lccn
2016004102
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt18j89t8
System control number
  • (OCoLC)936205674
  • (OCoLC)ocn936205674

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