Who's afraid of Stella Walsh? On gender, "gene cheaters", and the promises of cyborg athletes

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Publication BookChapter
Title Who's afraid of Stella Walsh? On gender, "gene cheaters", and the promises of cyborg athletes
Author(s) Jönsson, Kutte
Date 2012
Editor(s) Tamburrini, Claudio Marcello; Tännsjö, Torbjörn
English abstract
In this article, I argue that there are moral reasons to embrace the construction of self-designing and sex/gender-neutral cyborg athletes. In fact, with the prospect of advanced genetic and cyborg technology, we may face a future where sport (as we know it) occurs in its purest form; that is, where athletes get evaluated by athletic performance only and not by their gender, and where it becomes impossible to discriminate athletes based on their body constitution and gender identity. The gender constructions within sports and sports culture are solid, however. Here, I argue that the rough distinctions we use to define people in terms of sex/gender tend to create and recreate old-fashioned and discriminatory sex/gender-boundaries. A morally reasonable way of meeting this issue, is to say that the problem is not the individuals who (for one reason or another) transcend certain gender categories, but the categories in themselves.
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue The Ethics of Sports Medicine
Series/Issue Ethics and Sport;
ISBN 978-0-415-48051-2
Pages 121-144
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) gender
cyborgs
sport
ethics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13919 (link to this page)

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