In pressing their case on hyperandrogenic athletes the IAAF have ensured hostile scrutiny will always fall on women who defy norms imposed by the powerful
This isn’t a norm imposed by the powerful. It’s that we’ve a division between male and female in most sports on the grounds that male and female differ physically. That’s the reason for the whole distinction in the first place.
Yes, at the meeting point there’s a certain blurriness. But because we are doing a classification thing here we need to have an actual classification.
We’re told this year that in the womens’ 800 metres the gold, silver and bronze medals were all won by those somewhere on that blurry line between being female and intersex.
Given that we are, originally, doing this dividing on the basis of the difference in physiques that might not be an entirely sustainable place for our classification line in that blurry area.
Yes, it is blurry. The gold medallist does not have ovaries but undescended testicles. Is that line in the right place?