I was very pleased to get the following statement from the IAAF this morning (emphasis is added by me).
I'm making excerpts from it the QOD so check out the front page.
The IAAF wrote:
The IAAF has today responded to an open letter from the Women’s Sports Foundation and Athlete Ally, which requested that the IAAF rescind the new eligibility regulations for the female classification, due to come into effect on November 1, 2018.
IAAF RESPONSE TO OPEN LETTER
The IAAF has not and will never try to prevent women from participating in athletics.
In fact, the IAAF has been one of the foremost advocates for women’s sport for almost a century. It has long championed equal access to competition and equal prize money at a time when many other sports still discriminate in this area.
Contrary to claims made in an open letter written by the US-based Women’s Sports Foundation, the IAAF’s new female classification rule does not seek to prevent any woman from competing in athletics.
Under the Regulations, women with Differences of Sexual Development (DSD/intersex) will be eligible to compete in any event at domestic level. They will be eligible to compete in all but distances from 400m up to 1 mile on the international championship programme. They will also be eligible to compete in those distances if they take measures to ensure their testosterone levels are under 5nmol/L (which puts them on an even playing field with the rest of the female population). They will be eligible to compete in male and intersex competition. The choice is theirs.
The IAAF seeks only to maintain a fair and meaningful category for women to compete in athletics. It makes no judgment about gender or sexual identity. It has only acted upon the scientific evidence established by esteemed scientists around the world, which shows that i) there is correlation between testosterone and performance in at least certain specific athletic events, ii) women who produce testosterone in the normal male range, and are androgen-sensitive, thereby enjoy a substantial physical advantage over women who produce testosterone in the normal female range.
The women’s category of sport is by nature a restricted category. Without limits, it would cease to exist and it is the responsibility of the sport’s governing body to establish those limits.
In the same way, under 20 competition is restricted to those athletes who are under 20, because those who are over 20 have a natural biological advantage over younger athletes who are still developing into adults.
Sports that have weight divisions to establish fair competition also impose limits that require some athletes, male and female, to change their body composition in order to abide by the rules of that event.
This rule has been established under the same principles that have governed fair competition in sport throughout its history.
The IAAF has been a leading supporter of women in sport for most of its long history and will continue to be.
This whole hyperandrogenism thing needs to be flipped on its head. The IAAF is trying to save women's sports but if a man says it it falls on deaf ears. Women have to lead the way and get the PR out there that IAAF is trying to save women's sports.
I was talking to a female friend of mine who isn't a track fan but is a sports fan. I told her about what is happening in Connecticut right now at the high school level. Humans are competing as boys at the indoor state meet and then switching to women at the outdoor meet three months later and winning everything in site.
Her reply to me, "Wow. That needs to be stopped. As if men don't already do enough to keep women done. Now you guys are getting desperate and pretending to be women so you can dominate our sports."
While I don't think we should transgender people are "pretending", I do think she nailed the essence of the matter perfectly. If you have a ton of testosterone in you, you can't be allowed to compete in women's sports. Whether that testosteone comes from you having a penis or internal testicles isn't really anyone's business. We don't want to sexual examine you, we just want to limit it.