Also cross-posted on The Feminine Miss Geek.
Caster Semenya, a track star who faced intense scrutiny in 2009 after allegations of being a man. -photo by Erik Van Leeuwen
The International Olympics Committee recently released a report titled,“IOC Regulations on Female Hyperandrogenism: Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, 2012,” which dictates that three doctors (a gynecologist ,a geneticist, and an endocrinologist) will get to decide if female athletes are actually female.
Sports is one of the very few remaining social structures where sex segregation and therefore sex testing is still generally acceptable. But the problem with these specific regulations is that they are based on faulty reasoning; there is no shortage of scientists that say testosterone levels are not the defining factor for being a woman, and there is no direct correlation between androgens and performance.
What’s more disturbing is that athletes can be singled out for additional medical testing simply for looking manly.
Via Suite 101:
Under this active policy, athletes legally living as women, but with naturally high testosterone, could be ineligible to compete in the Olympics. Moreover, anyone who deviates from the perceived norms of feminine characteristics could be subjected to additional medical testing as the report goes on to actively call for the National Olympic Committees to “actively investigate any perceived deviation in sex characteristics.”…
Genetic and bodily differences in sports are often obvious by sight: Gymnastics competitors have comparatively smaller frames than weightlifters. Taller women make better basketball players than short women. Michael Phelps has an unusually large torso and armspan, hypermobile joints, and is exceptionally close to the clinical levels of Marfan’s Syndrome.
There is no logically consistent reason to partition these genetic advantages from androgen levels and competitively strip a significant portion of female athletes their gender title.
The article gets more into citations from medical and ethical experts, saying the available scientific data does not back these IOC policies. If we must have two sex categories, then the process needs to be a more comprehensive process than three doctors comparing hormone levels to numbers on a chart.
And as far as I know, there are no policies for men that have “sub-male” levels testosterone. It’s a disturbingly unfair set of regulations that anyone caring about gender issues, sports, and basic fairness should complain about.
I’m not sure if this is the most direct way (comment if you have current contact info for the IOC), but the contact info for London Games-related complaints is:
Call us on 0808 197 2012. Hours of operation are Monday to Sunday 9am–6pm.
Email us at [email protected] or by using the web form below.
Write to us at: Complaints, Communication and Public Affairs, The London 2012 Organising Committee, 23rd floor, 1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5LN.”
Read more at Suite101: IOC Androgen Rules Unfairly Target “Manly” Female Athletes Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/ioc-androgen-rules-unfairly-target-manly-female-athletes-a410665#ixzz22snZELIf
Categories: Social commentary Tags: Caster Semenya, feminism, gender, Gender testing, hormones, hyperandrogenism, IOC, Olympic Games 2012, olympics, sex, sex testing, sexism, sports, testosterone
New International Version (NIV)
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
Guys, I think that using the NIV’s interpretation of the script we can put this Westboro Baptist shit to rest now. They just misread their own book. Honest mistake.
Any reasonable person would protest a soldier’s funeral or burn down a fig farm.
Categories: Social commentary, things that amuse me Tags: Christianity, God Hates Fags, NiV, The Bible, Westboro Baptist Church
Gangnam is one of the most affluent areas of Seoul and is located in the southeast of the city.
If I ever visit South Korea, I imagine every day will be like this.
P.S. Here’s the pelvic thrusting edited into “The Shining.”
Categories: Viral Things Tags: dance, Gangnam, korean, Kpop, PSY, techno
It’s graphic-ful week here at Clantily Scad. I’ll do some writing soon. Promise.
So over at the Ze Frank message boards someone named Hedonism Bot offered to draw us sportsracers.
It took some time with the high volume, but she finally got to me. I think she did a good job! I like the style. Go check out the thread.
I will add this to the list of people that have drawn me.
Drawing from a girl named Maireni a few years ago (It’s NOT my birthday, btw. Just here for reference):
And I’ll never be short of avatar pics.
Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: a show, art, drawings, online community, portrait, sports racers, sportsracers, ze frank
I ordered boots from shoebuy.com nearly 2 weeks ago. A few days ago, I sent them a nice e-mail asking why they haven’t shipped them yet. No response! The original confirmation e-mail said that they would ship in “1-5 days.”
At this point, I don’t even know if they actually have them in stock. For a big site with so much advertising, you’d think they’d have better customer service.
I drew a nice picture with explosive diarrhea expressing my sentiments for this online retailer.
I’m in NJ at the moment where it’s easier to ship things and going back to Brooklyn permanently on the 11th. If they don’t tell me what’s going on by Saturday, I’m going to try to contact them again to cancel the order.
Categories: I arted, Reviews Tags: art, boots, customer service, graphic design, poop in shoe, poopy shoe, shoebuy review, shoebuy.com
Remember, it was sanctioned by God.
Event Page on Facebook–the conservative commenters are adorable.
God 12 minutes ago
Categories: satire, things that amuse me, Viral Things Tags: boycott, chick-fil-a, chicken sandwich, Dan Cathy, gay, gay marriage, god, make fun of chick-fil-a day, obesity, same-sex marriage
Goat Man Frolicking Through the Utah Wilderness Identified As a Hunter
Weird News Wednesday via Time:
At first, officials were baffled– and worried. They were concerned goat man could be in danger once hunting season starts.
But after the story made headlines out of its sheer oddity, state wildlife officials say they’ve identified the man in the bizarre suit. He’s a 57-year-old hunter from Southern California, according to Phil Douglass, conservation outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, told Utah newspaper The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Douglass fielded a phone call from the man but didn’t ask his name. “He gave me details that convinced me it was him,” Douglass said.
Flagrant Bagel, my partner-in-crime, comments, “He’s apparently the most meticulous hunter ever. But I think its a crazy sex thing.”
Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: goat man, Goatman, hunter, hunting, utah