By conflating gender and sex, I would argue we fudge the very reason we have sex categories in sport: the male performance advantage.
That observation being about our society – that someone needs, even in The Guardian, to insert that “I would argue” bit into a blindingly obvious statement of truth.
That social construct of gender, hell, do whatever. There are those times though that the universe’s realities concerning sex intervene and must be noted and dealt with.
We might even use gender and sex to differentiate between these two things. Gender being whatever we decide it is whether collectively or individually, sex being that immutable imposed by reality. Even then sex is often to near always not an important distinction except sometimes it is. The task is then to work out when it is.
Breaking skulls in a boxing match might be one of those times. You know, maybe?
But the International Olympic Committee tweaked its guidelines in 2015 to allow athletes such as Hubbard to compete in the women’s category, provided their total testosterone level in serum is kept below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months. Transgender men face no restrictions in the male category for obvious reasons.
Quite, the thing is it’s obvious both ways but only one ever gets talked about……