On the situation in general, the way the IAAF have only targeted her alone and not addressed all events under their banner is disgusting. I hope she has some recourse for discrimination against them. The way they have handled the entire situation makes the FFA look like a highly competent organisation.
On her specific case, it’s a very tough one and my stance goes against where I stand on gender & gender identity.
I do believe she has every right to call herself a woman but I don’t believe she should be allowed to compete in Womens sporting events.
As she has functioning sets (hormonally) of both male & female genitalia she has an unfair advantage when competing against women but an unfair disadvantage if forced to compete against men. The only fair answer is for her to compete against others like her but there is hardly a plethora of athletes like her out there.
The idea that she can and has taken testosterone blockers/suppressants and competed “fairly” is ludicrous. Why not take more testosterone and compete against the men? It’s not about what is in your system when you compete, it’s when you are preparing that makes the difference (power based). She can build all of the extra muscle in the lead up to events then go on the blockers in time for the event.
For the argument that she’s not much better than her competition so it mustn’t give her that big of an advantage: Maybe it is the only thing that is making her competitive?
As for the “It’s natural so banning her is like making all basketball players the same height” argument: Height, hand/feet size, weight and the like don’t make someone any more or less a man or a woman in competition. While it may give the athlete an advantage at their chosen discipline it is not an unfair advantage. These natural advantages don’t preclude someone without them from competing equally without artificial restrictions/enhancements.
Overall though I feel so incredibly sorry for her. Something so private has been playing out in the public sphere for nigh on a decade. If it wasn’t for running she wouldn’t have the life she has. She also wouldn’t have the life she has…
All she wanted to do was run. She became quite good at it. Due to her level of competition she gets drug tested. Test comes back for high levels of testosterone so she is assumed to be a cheat. Claiming innocence further tests reveal the cause and results made public. Fellow competitors an governing body stop her from running unless she takes drugs…