Thorny issue of women and girls sports and the inclusion of trans athletes
Noel Plum's video insights
The debate over women's sport and the complex and thorny issues of what place trans-women and those with intersex conditions have within sport has been heating in some circles. Comments by celebrated athletes such as Martina Navratilova, Sharron Davies, Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe have shown considerable push.
In this video, Noel covers some recent events and tries to explain the present problem, thought to be completely unsolvable. The present labels of "men's" and "women's" sports events look need an alternative model moving into the future. Expect to see many efforts in the future on how to work to and to discuss various models.
Video hopes to deal with objections.
Abandon the model of dividing sport into "men's" and "women's" categories by
- Re-label the "women's" category explicitly as the "female" category.
- Disband the "men's" category.
- Create an "open" category for anyone: male, female, man, woman or non-gender binary.
Bill Price posted on Facebook and calls this a meta issue
The topic is sure to affect all in sports, regardless of the level and age groups. He contends that the solutions presented so far by the IOC, NCAA, USA Swimming, and the IAAF (to name just a few) don't address the real scope of the problem. He posted that coaches "need to develop a deeper understanding of why this issue is causing such a ruckus, and why some are concerned about the future of sport."
Plenty of discussions swirl about on the YouTube page as well.
Other Links to research:
- Caster Semenya takes gender rule challenge to sports court
- LGBT group severs links with Navratilova over transgender comments
- Sharron Davies: Former British swimmer says transgender athletes should not compete in women's sport
- Sports stars weigh in on row over transgender athletes
- Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenized group should be resisted