Sex Testing in Sport: The Trouble with Testosterone

October 20, 2021 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3041

Join us for a talk with Professor Katrina Karkazis, PhD MPH, Professor of Sexuality, Women's & Gender Studies at Amherst College regarding "sex testing" in sport. For over a decade there has been contentious debate over sport eligibility regulations that limit women's permissible natural testosterone levels. Addressing and stepping beyond the narrow scientized framing of these debates as to whether higher testosterone gives some women an unfair advantage, this talk contextualizes these regulations within the decades-long practice of "sex testing" women athletes. Tackling the complexity of sex, the relationship between testosterone and athleticism, and the normative ideas about women's bodies that undergird these regulations, this talk reveals "T" as the great distraction from what is really at stake. Register here: Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and OutLaw. Lunch sponsored by the Duke Bar Association. Cosponsored by ACLU, American Constitution Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Coalition Against Gendered Violence, First Generation Professionals, Health Law Society, Human Rights Law Society, If/When/How, Latin American Law Students Association, North Carolina Club, Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and the Women Law Students Association. For more information, please contact Claudia Benz at