Anti-doping regulatory testing practices puts reality on female testosterone levels, does not support IOC Hyperandrogenism Rule.
Illustrates and reveals the IOC is using “selective discrimination” for the use of consumerism to preserve the “vision of femininity”.
With the London Olympics rolling just around the corner in the next few weeks, there has been great anticipation the last several weeks of the concerns of the International Olympic Committee’s [IOC] most recent gender evaluation testing of female athletes, with their focus on female natural serum testosterone levels. This is an effort to shed some light on the facts to articulate correctly, that in-fact what the IOC is actually has nothing to do with “fairness” and or “competitive performance” of a given athlete, that in-fact as many scholars including myself have brought to light, that this is all about consumerism, preserving “femininity” over celebrating excellence and human performance in women as we do with men.
Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport [CCES]
CCES Anti-doping Control email response June 29th, 2011.
“…fluctuations in these hormones may be indicative of the use of Prohibited Substances and/or Methods. It may also serve as a screening tool to perform more detailed analysis of a sample for specific substances (e.g. synthetic testosterone). The laboratory would “only” report an adverse analytical finding (ie. positive test) if the presence of an exogenous (synthetic) form of a Prohibited Substance was detected.”
Natural serum testosterone levels are measured not for the purpose “elevated natural secreted levels”, but for the purpose as markers to “register fluctuation” in doping control to that would indicate possibly intervention and or use of a synthetic testosterone by the athlete.
Measurement of an athlete natural levels are measured “solely” as a tool/reference marker, a base regulator that could show an adverse analytical finding of testosterone. As noted by doping control, ONLY then becomes reported of an athletes testosterone levels show an exogenous presence.
So women with natural occurring higher levels of testosterone, is NEVER reported unless an exogenous presence. (This is really important to the puzzle).
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) of which naturally impacts 18% or higher in female athletes (1 in 5 women), then stays under the radar their higher levels of natural production of testosterone. Though we measure natural serum levels, ONLY used as tail tail markers for testing purposes to show and possible irregularity and variance levels indicating a synthetic origin.
As the IOC has tried to address the Hyperandrogenism Rule as an issue of Intersex which it is NOT that either in an effort to confuse the public, that this is an issue of “Atypical bodies” in sport and that this rule is designed in an effort of “fairness in women’s sport”.
With the research and analytical findings, does not hold water. Hyperandrogenism and PCOS are neither a “Intersex type” though there are over a (100) different types (many person(s) living with an intersex type many times live their entire lives not even knowing they have it), neither as the IOC has expressed, hyperandrogenism or PCOS are in-fact, an intersex let alone a gender issue at all, but used as a tool to confuse, and “project as an attack on women’s sport”, and the concept of women being strong bodied and or strong featured, means that someone is physically cross sexed, is un-factual based on science and untrue.
PCOS, develops in 1/5 women from ages 8 to 45, do too cysts developing on their ovaries causing excessive excretion of androgens into their system. Hyperandrogenism, though similar on how it occurs and develops in women to that of PCOS, only 1/25000 are effected – that the difference is during pubescent development, the elevated androgen can commonly create “outward stronger features in a women’s presentation” though still feminine and ALL 100 % woman.
I hear from many of my girl friends in high performance (HP) cycling, though not unique to cycling in Canada and the United States, that they know, being clinically diagnosed by their physician having excessive testosterone levels. There are many many reasons up and above PCOS and Hyperandrogenism why women develop higher natural serum testosterone levels, it is in-fact common. Testosterone is a “male sex development” hormone, but an “everybody sex hormone”. Human-beings can not live without it and has nothing to with being either male or female on how you identify.
As noted – Important to the IOC’s focus on Hyperandrogenism and testosterone that 1/25000 women are effected by clinically by Hyperandrogenism, where 1/5 women develop PCOS.
The analytical findings and science, validates that Caster was targeted and this is ALL about preserving the “vision of femininity” in sport and has absolutely NOTHING to with either intersex and or performance/fairness as the International Olympic Committee wishes the public to believe.
We know just based statistically, that at a min. 18% of women competing in London in 3 weeks under the radar, and can be certain that the number is much higher, as experts say this is just the women who know and have been clinically diagnosed with PCOS and had symptoms that caused them to seek more information from their practitioner. Noted by doping control and confirmed, if for the IOC, testosterone really is an issue in women, anti-doping is clearly doing nothing about it.
Conclusion, clearly demonstrated based on the facts, specific women are being targeted solely based on what they look like and that they appear feminine enough for commercial purposes. For most women, this is an all to common struggle, but the IOC reconfirms that status and “keeping women in their feminine looking box” seen as sex objects first, athletes second solely for the purpose of commercialism, having absolutely NOTHING to do with either “Intersex and or competitive performance and or fairness in women’s sport.”
If the IOC was being “truthful” about their concerns of women’s natural serum testosterone levels it would have been reflected in anti-doping and passport system. Which we can conclusively acknowledge is NOT being done.
This is all about “selective discrimination” for the sole purpose of consumerism of women bodies.
As a consequence, “real women” are getting hurt bye it!
Published July 2012