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La ventana. Revista de estudios de género

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IBARRA, Mariana Elizabeth. “Walk me through your testosterones”: an analysis about transgender and hyper-androgynous player’s regulations. La ventana [online]. 2020, vol.6, n.52, pp.161-190.  Epub 09-Feb-2021. ISSN 1405-9436.

In this work we will problematize the speeches of truth that operate in modern sports institutions in the case of transgender and hyper-androgynous people. For this purpose, we will use as a source the latest resolution of the International Olympic Committee (2015) referring to these types of athletes.

We are interested in investigating what is hidden about the speeches that are raised in the name of the fair competition, "fear competition". Through a discursive analysis, and through the contributions of queer theory, we will seek to analyze the truth discourses that circulate in the regulation, which bodies and subjects do you enable? Which ones are denied? In a second moment, we will focus on the effective application of the resolution in argentinean cases of hockey players who are not highly competitive, how is the operalization in the regulations of amateur sports? What negotiations and resistance are possible? Is there a violation of rights?

We believe that while the resolution considered makes visible for the first time, situations of athletes who compete in high performance and break with the male / female dichotomy; It does not end up overcoming the dominant senses with which sports were built. It maintains a biomedical look to think bodies and although it explicitly recognizes the diversity of generic identities, the proposed measures are far from getting out of the binary scheme. Each recommendation suggests that athletes conform to a female or male category. If the focal point was on genitality before, it is currently focused on hormonal control, in both situations under the application of body control technologies whose purpose is to discipline it.

All in all, we consider that being able to review what happens in our local contexts with the demands of dissident groups allows us to rethink our institutions and provide a critical look at the deconstruction and reconstruction of sports for all.

Palabras llave : sports; real speeches; dissenting sexualities; queer theory; bodies.

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