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Sex Testing: Gender Policing in Women's Sports

Lindsay Parks Pieper


In 1968, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) implemented sex testing for female athletes at that year's Games. When it became clear that testing regimes failed to delineate a sex divide, the IOC began to test for gender—a shift that allowed the organization to control the very idea of womanhood. This book explores sex testing in sport from the 1930s to the early 2000s. Focusing on assumptions and goals as well as means, the book examines how the IOC in particular insisted on a misguided binary notion of gender that privileged Western norms. Testing evolved into a tool to identify—and eli ... More

Keywords: International Olympic Committee, sex testing, female athletes, IOC, womanhood, gender, sport, female athleticism, sexist, racist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040221
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsay Parks Pieper, author
Lynchburg College