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Volume: 16 Issue: 5
(May 2018)

does sex segregated sport still hold value demand transgender women accorded human right play sport levels challenged thinking sports

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Does sex segregated sport still hold value?

The demand that transgender women be accorded their human right to play sport at all levels has challenged thinking in the sports industry. The Australian Football League’s decision to exclude transgender woman Hannah Mouncey from competing in its premier women’s league but allow her to continue to play in the lower, state, leagues appears inconsistent and raises a number of issues. Sports administrators and members of the public are asking: What do we mean by fairness and a ‘level playing field’?; how do we define ‘women’ in women’s sport?; and does binary sex segregation in sport still hold any relevance or benefit in the future? Catherine Ordway, Senior Consultant at Snedden Hall & Gallop and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, addresses those questions in this article.

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