Monday, December 18, 2006

How Do You Fail a Gender Test?

We are so screwed up as a society that now it's funny. George Constanza cheated on an IQ test in Seinfeld. Columbia University students were caught cheating on an ethics test. Athletes fail drug tests fairly regularly but how do you FAIL a gender test, like this woman (?) did? By definition, if you fail a gender test did you cheat? How do you study for a gender test?

In a nutshell, a female, Indian runner has been stripped of the silver medal in the 800 meters at this month's Asian games.


The Times of India says test results for the runner that were sent to the Indian Olympic Association show that she "does not possess the sexual characteristics of a woman."

And apparently it takes:

a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist and internal medicine specialist.

to interpret the results.

What's really funny here is that they have to use a test to tell. I know there are some very rare conditions that might make it difficult to tell the difference but you would think that information about a rare condition like that would have come out sooner. Absent an exotic answer, wouldn't the locker room have solved this issue without a test? Will you need to start testing your date before you take them out to dinner? What will your date say when you show up at the door with a test kit and 4 doctors?

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