Is there a right not to know one's sex? The ethics of ‘gender verification’ in women's sports competition

  title={Is there a right not to know one's sex? The ethics of ‘gender verification’ in women's sports competition},
  author={Claudia Wiesemann},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  pages={216 - 220}
  • C. Wiesemann
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Education
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
The paper discusses the current medical practice of ‘gender verification’ in sports from an ethical point of view. It takes the recent public discussion about 800 m runner Caster Semenya as a starting point. At the World Championships in Athletics 2009 in Berlin, Germany, Semenya was challenged by competitors as being a so called ‘sex impostor’. A medical examination to verify her sex ensued. The author analyses whether athletes like Semenya could claim a right not to know that is generally… 


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