Sex-Hormone Guidelines For Athletes Will Never Be Fair

An international sporting body has issued new guidelines concerning hormone levels and who can compete as a woman. The new rules could resolve some of the questions raised in the wake of the Caster Semenya scandal, but they may also create problems of their own. » 4/15/11 12:14pm 4/15/11 12:14pm

Female Sports Fans And The Men Who Judge Them

This week was FULL of stories about female sports fans — an article on which jerseys are top sellers among women, a Times piece on women watching football, and a series on the so-called "challenges that face female sports fans." » 2/04/11 3:20pm 2/04/11 3:20pm

LPGA To Let Trans Golfers Compete

In response to a lawsuit by transfemale golfer Lana Lawless, the LPGA has voted to remove the "female at birth" requirement from its constitution. This means Lawless and other trans golfers should now have the right to play. » 12/02/10 10:25am 12/02/10 10:25am

Soccer Team Accused Of "Gender Cheating"

In a case reminiscent of the Caster Semenya scandal, opposing teams are accusing the Equatorial Guinea women's soccer team of including male players. » 11/12/10 1:52pm 11/12/10 1:52pm

The NCAA's First Openly Trans Basketball Player

Kye Allums is about to become the first openly trans person to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. And while his life hasn't always been easy, a lot of people could learn from his story. » 11/02/10 12:12pm 11/02/10 12:12pm

Transgender Golfer Sues LPGA For Right To Compete

A transgender golfer was excluded from competition when organizers changed the rules to allow only athletes who were "female at birth." Now she's suing. » 10/13/10 9:35am 10/13/10 9:35am

Making Sports Fair For Transgender Athletes

A new report says the number of transgender high school and college athletes is growing — and it's time for schools, teams, and regulations to catch up. » 10/05/10 12:48pm 10/05/10 12:48pm

Foolish Xbox Folk Assume All Gamers Are Boys

When a blogger contacted Xbox Support about her account, she got a form letter with tips — for her son. But if Xbox assumes that all gamers are boys, it may be missing out on a growing market. » 8/09/10 7:03pm 8/09/10 7:03pm

Semenya To Compete Again

Both the IAAF and Athletics South Africa have said Caster Semenya will be allowed to return to competition. Her coach says she will run in local events before returning to the international stage. [BBC] » 1/14/10 1:40pm 1/14/10 1:40pm

Notes On A Scandal: The Future Of Intersexuality & Caster Semenya

Thoughtful articles by Ariel Levy and Judith Butler explore the larger issues of sex and gender behind Caster Semenya's story — and how the mishandling of the young athlete's "gender testing" has affected her life. » 11/23/09 12:00pm 11/23/09 12:00pm

Too Little, Too Late: Semenya's Gender Test Results Won't Be Made Public

In a reversal, the IAAF says it will not be releasing the results of Caster Semenya's gender tests. And, according to a statement by the South Africa sports ministry, Semenya will keep her medal and prize money. » 11/19/09 9:30am 11/19/09 9:30am

South African Olympics Official Suspended Over Semenya Case

South Africa's Olympic governing body has suspended Athletics South Africa President Leonard Chuene, who admitted he lied about Caster Semenya being gender tested to protect her. The ASA has apologized to Semenya for the handling of her gender verification. [BBC] » 11/05/09 10:40am 11/05/09 10:40am

Who Needs Neuroscience When You've Got Trivial Pursuit?

Hasbro has devised an online, boys-against-girls Trivial Pursuit game "to see if trivia can answer the age-old question:" who's smarter, men or women? We're sure questions about golf and seventies TV shows will resolve this issue for good. [Daily Mail] » 10/23/09 2:30pm 10/23/09 2:30pm

Gender-Test Trauma Affects Semenya's Schoolwork

Caster Semenya is apparently so traumatized by her very public gender testing and the leaking of results that she's not able to take her university exams. Luckily, the school is understanding, and she'll be able to take them later. [SMH] » 10/15/09 11:20am 10/15/09 11:20am

Caster Semenya In Hiding, Receiving Trauma Counseling After Test…

The Guardian is reporting that Caster Semenya has gone into hiding and is receiving "trauma counseling" after the results of her gender tests were publicly announced last week— tests, her mother claims, Caster didn't know anything about. » 9/13/09 4:30pm 9/13/09 4:30pm

Australian News Report Describes Semenya As "Hermaphrodite," Sparking…

An Australian newspaper has reported that Caster Semenya is a "hermaphrodite" with internal testes and no womb or ovaries — and unsurprisingly, many people are disgusted and outraged. » 9/11/09 9:30am 9/11/09 9:30am

Semenya To Return To Hero's Welcome, But Female Athletes Still Expected…

A celebration will greet Caster Semenya and her teammates when they return to South Africa tomorrow — but Semenya's body type is still not celebrated in women's sports. » 8/24/09 9:40am 8/24/09 9:40am

Caster Semenya's Father Weighs In On Gender Controversy

The controversy regarding world champion runner Caster Semenya's gender rages on, and now her father has spoken up in her defense, noting that while "you may mistake her for a man," she is still very much a woman. » 8/22/09 1:15pm 8/22/09 1:15pm

Communists, Germaine Greer Weigh In On Semenya Sex Controversy

As more details emerge about which intersex conditions would stop runner Caster Semenya from competing as a woman, even Germaine Greer has something to say. » 8/21/09 9:30am 8/21/09 9:30am