Competing for Justice: Changing Sex/Gender Roles and Sport
Ron Katz (Missouri & Balliol 1967)
Sexual stereotyping has existed in sport since at least 776 B.C., when women were not permitted to compete in the Olympics. Although women's rights have much improved since the 1970's--when, for example in the U.S, a law was passed mandating male/female equality in sport at schools, colleges and universities--that law preceded the increasing gender fluidity highlighted by well-known cases like that of transgender female Caitlyn Jenner and intersex Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya. Sporting organisations are now struggling with these issues, particularly balancing individual rights against fair competition.
Ron Katz (Missouri & Balliol 1967) has practiced sports law for many years, was a co-founder of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, and has recently co-authored an article on the subject in a Stanford publication and a book entitled Sport, Ethics and Leadership.