On Friday's AOL Health:
Tennis Controversy: Female Player (with Male Past)
By Mary Kearl
Who does a person born with both male and female sex organs, but identifies as one gender in particular compete against in sex-segregated sporting events?
Sarah Gronert, a 22-year-old tennis pro from Germany who was born with both male and female genitalia, has chosen to compete against women, and that has some in the tennis community up in arms. "There is no girl who can hit serves like that, not even Venus Williams," says the coach of an opponent Gronert recently beat. The coach, Schlomo Tzoref, also claims, "This is not a woman, it's a man." Is Tzoref just a disgruntled coach, trying to stir up controversy, or is there any validity? What makes a man a man, and what makes a woman a woman -- and how does either affect one's ability to win?
Now, I just don't know what to say. She LOOKS like a girl to me. And I've seen a lot of girls. But maybe I'm not looking in the right place.
How should we define female and male? By chromosomes? By sex hormones? By looks?
Personally, I think we should let the person define themselves. If she *feels* like a girl, she's a girl.