FIFA is still subjecting women to the demeaning practice of gender testing


This past January, the BBC published an intense interview with former African Player of the Year Genoveva Añonma. She shared a series of stories detailing the difficulties she faced both before and during her professional career, many of which stemmed from issues about gender roles and perception from soccer officials, her opponents, and ever her own family. Particularly striking was Añonma’s recollection of the time – after scoring the goal that clinched the 2008 African Women’s Championship for Equatorial Guinea – that she was called in by tournament officials and forced to submit to a humiliating round of gender testing, after the defeated South African team launched accusations that she was not a woman.

At the time, I assumed the strange and invasive practice…

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