Through this period all female athletes competing at the Olympics were required to undergo a "sex test
" to confirm that they were, in fact, female.
"The most serious and dangerous use of drugs by females," one journalist warned, "is the taking of male hormones." The press erroneously reported that a "new infamous sex test
"--sex chromatin testing, developed in the late 1940s and used at the 1968 Olympics--would offer an ideal scientific solution.
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"It takes DNA from 24 sites with two components in each, so it gives you 48 components plus a sex test
A MAN who demanded a sex test
after a schoolgirl runaway spent the night in his home has saved himself from jail.
During the '70s and early '80s, amniocentesis in India and China was widely referred to as "the sex test
." One crass advertisement by an Indian clinic claimed: "Better 500 rupees now than 5,000 later." This slogan implied that it was cheaper to spend money on a test to give would-be parents the option to abort a girl, than to save for a girl's marriage dowry.
More than 200 years later, the Swedish writer, Lawrence Banck reports a similar sex test
. Indeed, no less than the Keeper of the Vatican Library in the 15th century, Bartolomeo Platina, is another who mentioned the chair with its hole through which the papal genitals could be touched to ensure he was male.
runner Caster Semenya has been "completely shattered" by claims she is half male, her spokeswoman said.
And while I'm at it, why all the surprise around South African 800m world champion Caster Semenya and her sex test
? If you don't think improving on your best time by 22 seconds in a year is suspicious - fine.
I mean if every woman who looked like a man had to undergo a sex test
then your average bingo hall would be empty.
WELL done to world athletics chiefs for grabbing the bull by the short and curlies and ordering women's 800 metres champ Caster Semenya to have a sex test
over fears she is a man.