Transsexuals in sport – fairness and freedom, regulation and law

Coggon, John, Hammond, Natasha and Holm, Søren (2008) Transsexuals in sport – fairness and freedom, regulation and law. Sports, Ethics and Philosophy, 2, (1), 4-17. (doi:10.1080/17511320801896091).


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The question of if, and under what conditions transsexuals should be allowed to participate in sports in their acquired sex is becoming increasingly relevant partly because the number of transsexuals is increasing partly because many countries now provide mechanisms for achieving legal recognition as belonging to the new acquired sex. This paper develops (1) an analysis of the justification for maintaining sex segregation in some sports and (2) an account of the rights of transsexuals to be recognised in their new sex. On the basis of these two analyses it critically evaluates two set of rules for the participation of transsexuals in elite sports: the UK guidelines issued in pursuance of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the International Olympic Committee's guidelines. It is argued that these guidelines are conflicting and that a modified set of criteria is more justifiable

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/17511320801896091
ISSNs: 1751-1321 (print)
1751-133X (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 342902
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2008Published
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 11:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:34

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