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PixieJane
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posted June 29, 2016 01:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought this was worth sharing...especially where even in these relatively enlightened times this is still a factor, and there's even panic of the "wrong gender" in a public restroom.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/the-humiliating-practice-of-sex-testing-female-athletes/ar-AAhIEyQ

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No governing body has so tenaciously tried to determine who counts as a woman for the purpose of sports as the I.A.A.F. and the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). Those two influential organizations have spent a half-century vigorously policing gender boundaries. Their rationale for decades was to catch male athletes masquerading as women, though they never once discovered an impostor. Instead, the athletes snagged in those efforts have been intersex women — scores of them.

The treatment of female athletes, and intersex women in particular, has a long and sordid his­tory. For centuries, sport was the exclusive province of males, the competitive arena where masculinity was cultivated and proven. Sport endowed men with the physical and psychological strength that “manhood” required. As women in the late 19th century encroached on explicitly male domains — sport, education, paid labor — many in society became increasingly anxious; if a woman’s place wasn’t immutable, maybe a man’s role, and the power it entailed, were not secure either.

Well into the 20th century, women were discouraged from participating in sports. Some medical experts claimed that vigorous exercise would damage women’s reproductive capacity and their fragile emotional state and would make them muscular, “mannish” and unattractive to men. Critics fretted that athletics would unbind women from femininity’s modesty and self-restraint.


Btw, in regards to the lies about athletics making women barren, I read an interview in which a woman shared how she and many high school girls heard that lie as an explanation why they weren't allowed to join the track team (1970s), and their response was to sneak onto the field and run on their own time as permanent birth control!

And btw, note that in the article it's called "sex testing." Sex as a noun. This is one of those things about "S-E-X in subliminal messages." Assuming my subconscious saw it as a child in say Disney movies (can't forget Pepsi, which my parental units thought hilarious to get me to find while the local news was making a big deal about these Pepsi cans, probably the only time either of them ever paid for Pepsi!), then why would my mind have to interpret it as a verb rather than a noun? (I know this is a bit random.)

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PixieJane
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posted June 29, 2016 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I thought it worth adding this:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36092431

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When Alec Butler was born in 1959 it was assumed Alec was female. But after being brought up as a girl, Alec - now an award-winning writer and film-maker - realised they were intersex, someone whose anatomical, hormonal or genetic sex is neither completely male nor female.

I was about 12 when it really hit. I started to grow a beard and I had a period. So it was really confusing for me. My parents were a little freaked out. They took me to some doctors, but no-one knew about being intersex in the small town where I grew up in Canada. One doctor said, "We're going to have to put her in a mental institution until she learns how to dress like a girl and put on makeup." This was at the age of 12, when even most genetic girls aren't being forced to do that. Luckily my parents were outraged and they said, "We're not going to do that. We're just going to love you, and you can choose how you want to be." That was a gift. Lots of intersex kids don't have that.


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posted June 30, 2016 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting.

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posted July 06, 2016 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted July 07, 2016 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting this.

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posted July 25, 2016 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a current controversy over gender and passports.

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posted August 17, 2016 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Target has lost a lot of profit over their bathroom controversy.

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