‘Eligibility regulations for the female classification’: somatechnics, women’s bodies, and elite sport

Bromdal, Annette ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1307-1794 and Rasmussen, Mary Lou (2022) ‘Eligibility regulations for the female classification’: somatechnics, women’s bodies, and elite sport. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 14 (2). pp. 239-254. ISSN 1940-6940

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Employing Nikki Sullivan’s notion of somatechnics, this article looks at the bodies of women athletes as sites of embodied subjectivity and considers how they are marked in medical discourses produced by significant cultural entities such as sporting governing bodies and their medical experts involved in the management and treatment of women athletes born with particular intersex variations. Somatechnics is understood in this paper as co-constitutive by developing understanding of how bodies are seen and produced in ways that are always already intertwined. To do this, we draw on two interviews with Dr Patrick Schamasch, the former Medical and Scientific Director of the International Olympic Committee and Dr Hermina Schneider, a Sports Medicine Expert of a European National Olympic Committee and their unique, unreported, and unofficial discourses and actions concerning contemporary eligibility regulations/tests in women’s sport. Building on the notion of somatechnics, our, focus is on developing understanding of the regulation of the corporeality of women athletes. Our aim is not to elucidate the truth of such regulations, but to contribute to an understanding of how modificatory practices aimed at women athletes endure, and the rationales governing the thinking behind those who are the authors of eligibility regulations for the female classification.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 03:33
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 04:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: bodies; eligibility regulations for the female classification; embodied subjectivity; Intersex; modificatory practices; somatechnics
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440705 Gender, policy and administration
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441010 Sociology of gender
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441012 Sociology of inequalities
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230108 Gender and sexualities
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130602 Organised sports
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2022.2028878
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47481

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