“They say I’m not a girl”

Case Studies of Gender Verification in Elite Sports

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About the Book

In July 1950, a young Dutch intersex woman was expelled from elite competition by the International Amateur Athletic Federation. It turned out to be the beginning of a dark era in the history of women in sport. Dozens of intersex athletes were suspended, although no fraud was ever uncovered. Suspension had pernicious effects on their lives. They hardly appeared in public, lived in solitude, committed suicide or attempted to. Biographies of these banned athletes highlight the unfair play of gender verification and of their exclusion from competition.

About the Author(s)

Max Dohle is a sports historian specializing in gender aspects of elite competition. He lives in The Netherlands.

Bibliographic Details

Max Dohle

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7378-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3701-3
Imprint: McFarland