Recently two African athletes, Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, have been banned from the Olympic 400 metre dash for not suppressing natural testosterone levels that exceed 5 nmol/L. This is being spun into a narrative that black ‘cis’ women athletes are being victimised by racist terfs who can’t tell the difference between trans athletes and black female athletes.
Nobody is talking about the fact that these athletes are intersex and have testes that produce these high levels of testosterone. It’s not discrimination against ‘cis black women’ for their athleticism. In Rio 2016 the women’s 800M winners podium had 3 XY intersex individuals on it including caster semenya. How is this fair for black women without high testosterone who couldn’t compete?
I feel for intersex individuals as it isn’t their fault but really they are taking the place of women who don’t have the testosterone advantage. All of these claims that terfs hate black women but nobody is thinking about the black female athletes that don’t have the chance to perform because their places are being taken. Also it’s ridiculous coming from the side of the debate that is pushing middle aged white males into elite competitions at the expense of young indigenous female athletes (see Laurel Hubbard).
I’m so tired of this manipulation of the facts and fiction-writing. We should be able to have a proper conversation about DSDs and sport without being accused of trying to eliminate black women from the competition because the XY athletes in question are black. A separate DSD contest sounds to me like the answer to these issues, but of course that would be met with cries of ‘racial segregation’ from the TRAs despite the fact that these countries could send a non-intersex female to run in the non-intersex category - and that white majority countries could enter athletes with DSDs into the DSD competition.
In short, the people crying about ‘terf racism’ don’t care about intersex people, they don’t care about black women, and they don’t care about women’s sports. They are appropriating the real issue of racism in sport for political point scoring and as a distraction technique to deflect from the Hubbard controversy