These women athletes were barred from competing because they weren’t “female” enough

Published August 12, 2016 This content is archived.


An article on BuzzFeed about the “gender tests” administered by the Olympics that examine the genitals, chromosomes and testosterone levels of some of the world’s best women athletes, but not men, interviews Susan Cahn, professor of history and the author of “Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in 20th Century Women’s Sports.” While the IAFF and IOC have continued to search for new ways to neatly sort athletes into “female” and “male” categories, their main goal has stayed the same: excluding athletes who don’t fit the mold of “true women,” she said.

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