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Do you think transgender athletes be able to compete in professional sport?

An example of this is Caster Semenya, who competes in womens athletics and is very successful due to her high testosterone levels, do you think she should be able to compete?
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Since we are all supposed to be equal why not? At the end of the day it's just a sport. In-fact I think men and women should be able to compete against each other if they chose to.
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It's an interesting one. All athletes who compete against each other have physiological differences which make for advantage or disadvantage, that's why some consistently beat others. In other words, there's no such thing as a 'fair' race. Except, having athletes compete against their own personal best, if managed correctly, is probably the closest thing to that.
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Moved to Sport.
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They have as much right as anyone else.
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(Original post by tdart)
Do you think transgender athletes be able to compete in professional sport?

An example of this is Caster Semenya...
...who isn't transgender. Great example!
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I don't think they should. I am all for trans rights, but for example, a man who transitioned to being a woman will still have some characteristics that are male, such as testosterone and strength. Or another example, a woman who is taking testosterone to appear more masculine could be equivalent to an athlete taking drugs.

It is a very difficult topic. Men do have a physiological advantage over women.
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Semenya is intersex rather than transgender. Yes, of course they should be allowed to compete. But in which section? Semenya has as much testosterone as a healthy, sporting man in his 20s. Hence the physique. 'She' should in my view compete against men, it's not fair for women to be expected to race her.
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No, they are taking drugs that alter the body, it's the equivalent of letting people on steroids or blood doping compete.
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(Original post by Axiomasher)
It's an interesting one. All athletes who compete against each other have physiological differences which make for advantage or disadvantage, that's why some consistently beat others. In other words, there's no such thing as a 'fair' race. Except, having athletes compete against their own personal best, if managed correctly, is probably the closest thing to that.
But those are natural. Performance enhancing drugs aren't allowed.

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Since we are all supposed to be equal why not? At the end of the day it's just a sport. In-fact I think men and women should be able to compete against each other if they chose to.
you're joking, right?
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How about transgenders compete with other transgenders? Therefore it's fair.
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They have as much right as anyone else.
Should there be a new trans section? Transmen won't be at the same level of performance as regular men without taking testybois which is essentially a performance enhancing hormone.
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But those are natural. Performance enhancing drugs aren't allowed.



you're joking, right?
No, why not? It's about time there were more sports allowing men and women to compete together.
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If you let men compete against women, why have women's sport in the first place?

And no, testosterone depressing medication does not remove male advantage. Hence why the IOC is already lowering its limit from 10 nmol/L to 5. But even still, one cannot fully revert the changes produced by male puberty. Hence males should not compete against females.
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They have as much right as anyone else.
You are quite right, they have as much right to compete in the category of their birth sex.
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(Original post by yudothis)
If you let men compete against women, why have women's sport in the first place?

And no, testosterone depressing medication does not remove male advantage. Hence why the IOC is already lowering its limit from 10 nmol/L to 5. But even still, one cannot fully revert the changes produced by male puberty. Hence males should not compete against females.
I agree entirely. Couldn't have written it better!
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No, why not? It's about time there were more sports allowing men and women to compete together.
ok. definitely joking
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