Policing the Boundaries of Sex: A Critical Examination of Gender Verification and the Caster Semenya Controversy

  title={Policing the Boundaries of Sex: A Critical Examination of Gender Verification and the Caster Semenya Controversy},
  author={Cheryl Cooky and S. Dworkin},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={103 - 111}
  • Cheryl Cooky, S. Dworkin
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Sex Research
  • On August 19, 2009, Caster Semenya, South African track star, won a gold medal in the women's 800-meter event. According to media reports, on the same day, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ordered Semenya to undergo gender verification testing. This article critically assesses the main concepts and claims that undergird international sport organizations' policies regarding “gender verification” or “sex testing.” We examine the ways in which these policies operate… CONTINUE READING
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