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Where’s the Rule book for Sex Verification?

The I.A.A.F(International Association of Athletics Federation) are having a really hard time determining the gender of Caster Semenya, world champion runner for South Africa. The WTF part of the story is that it really isn’t as simple as penises and vaginas to determine a persons’ gender. At least scientifically speaking. From the NYT:

So, some say, just look at genitals. Forget the genes — pull down the jeans! The I.A.A.F. asks drug testers to do this. But because male and female genitals start from the same stuff, a person can have something between a penis and a clitoris, and still legitimately be thought of as a man or a woman.

Moreover, a person can look male-typical on the outside but be female-typical on the inside, or vice versa. A few years ago, I got a call from Matthew, a 19-year-old who was born looking obviously male, was raised a boy, and had a girlfriend and a male-typical life. Then he found out, by way of some medical problems, that he had ovaries and a uterus.

via Hacker News(Heated and interesting discussion over there)

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