(Closed) Transexuals and Sports

posted 7 years ago in Legal
  • poll: Should a transexual who underwent sex reassignment to be a woman be able to play as female?
    Yes - They underwent surgery and live as a female so should be able to play as one. : (15 votes)
    31 %
    Maybe - If they play as female, it should be noted in the record books that they are gentically XY. : (4 votes)
    8 %
    No - While they may live as women, they are genetically male which gives unfair advantage. : (12 votes)
    24 %
    I'm not really sure what I think about this issue. : (18 votes)
    37 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    This is really interesting. I mean, what constitutes an “unfair advantage”? I feel like, she probably has as much testosterone as the next woman, maybe even less because of the hormones and stuff that she’s had to take

    Post # 4
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think if you used to be a man and have built up muscle and strength as a man,  you do have an edge over athletes who were born a woman. And I think they had more testosterone than regular women and have to keep up getting shots and stuff.

    I dont know the science behind it, but I do know that watching next top model the other day there is a transsexual called Isis and she was able to support her body using her upper arm strength without looking like she was struggling at all, which would be suprising for a woman her size but then it got me thinking that perhaps her upper arm strength is greater than the average woman her size because she used to be a man.


    Post # 5
    5667 posts
    Bee Keeper

    If she fully transitioned to female there’s no question to me she should be allowed to play as one. If she hadn’t finished her transition yet there’s more of a grey area, but this is pretty black and white to me.

    Post # 6
    9482 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    She should play as a female.  She will be losing that “maleness” to her because of hormones being taken to become a woman – if that makes sense.

    Post # 7
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’d like to know the reasons the supreme court allowed her to play. Is there a consitutional violation if she were to be forced to undergo that evaluation? If there a fundamental violation of rights to prohibit her from playing tennis? My guess is something about rights is being impacted and that trumps some “unfair advantage” in terms of sports.

    Post # 8
    968 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I find these questions interesting, but I don’t know enough about it to have a strong opinion either way.

    Post # 9
    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I’m not really sure what I think.  I see both sides, and it’s an interesting issue.  Some females who are born female also happen to have a higher level of testosterone naturally, and they wouldn’t be prohibited from playing professionally because they are genetically female.  So, I guess I don’t view this situation as any different, especially because with the hormone therapy transsexuals undergo as part of their surgery, I think a lot of the “advantage” or distinction between them and other teammembers would be largely gone.

    Maybe they would have to undergo blood tests to make sure the hormone therapy was working and that their levels were in the normal range for their chosen gender?

    Post # 11
    1733 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Men naturally have more upper body strength which could be of an advantage in tennis.  The fact that a transexual may have higher levels of estrogen would not effect muscle composition!

    Post # 12
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I selected that I’m not sure what to think.  In theory I think you would have a physical advantage if you were born male.  However… I’m a big tennis fan and I have never heard of this woman so it obviously didn’t giver her much of an advantage since she wasn’t winning grand slams!

    Post # 14
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    There was a big deal recently with an olympic runner similar to this, though she was gentically xxy, always lived as a female but very apparently had some male physical characteristics in relation to her muslce composition. Caster Semeny was her name, and I don’t know whatever came of that.

    I do believe there is some serious issues to deal with in sports, in high school actually, I played a girl who was formerly male, still had xy chromosomes but was begining the process of going from male to female and it sucked. I’ve played big strong girls before but this was nothing like a big strong girl. This was a 18 year old boy taking estrogen to become a female yes, but she was built like a athetic 18 year old boy which is way different than an 18 year old girl.

    While I am all about gender equaility, physiologically there are some serious differences in those who go through pubuerty as a male and those who go through it as a female. Height, weight distrubution, muscle to fat ratios, muscle composition and locations are all different and I think when those things can offer a serious advantage, it can be an issue but what the resolution to that issue is, I don’t know. 

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