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Olympics Sex Verification: The Demeaning Practice of Sex Testing Elite Women Athletes

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Dr. Katrina Karkazis, the Stanford bioethicist spoke candidly about the ban that makes female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone ineligible to compete under International Association of Athletics Federation rules.

International sports organizations have long subjected female elite female athletes to humiliating practice of sex testing, designed to identify those with abnormally high testosterone levels.



Katrina Karkazis

Katrina Karkazis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Senior Research Scholar with the Center for Biomedical Ethics. She is a cultural anthropologist with a particular interest in contemporary biomedicine. Her recent work has examined contemporary debates over the medical management of infants born with intersex diagnoses. Fixing Sex, her book based on this research, was published by Duke University Press. She is also course coordinator and instructor for The Responsible Conduct of Research courses (Med255 and Med 255C).

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