For as long as any one (society) can remember we as individuals have been assigned a gender role. Even when we are in the womb we are labeled to be female or male, with those gender roles being set we are then expected to follow a socially constructed manual on how to carry our assigned gender through. I am classified as a female and carry the role of a female because it is my choice however there are those that have not been given a chance to fully express who they wish to be. Most of the emotions that we experience are all the works of hormones that lie within. Females are known for have breast and a reproductive system that can conceive, while the male has little breast with a different genitalia anatomy. One would think that with something as simple as the Olympics one should be able to choose and be accepted into the gender role of one’s choice and not the one that society has predestined.
In the online article “IOC rules transgender athletes can take part in Olympics without surgery” by The Guardian website, they talk about how female to male have to go very little hormonal treatment to compete yet from male to female they must undergo two years of hormonal treatment and must undergo a surgery that will fully transition them into a female to ensure they field is fair for all. This hormone treatment procedure causes a lot of controversy because it is almost a way to show the Olympic community that they truly are the gender they have chosen and are not trying to take advantage and win a gold medal. Off course I am well aware that there are certain physical capabilities that males and females have so it would be understandable that the main concern is to have fairness and equality. The issue still remains, why males transitioning into female must undergo a more strict protocol to even be considered for the Olympics. The transgender athletes are being treated as if gender is a performance and that there is a grace period that they have to prove that it is not a performance but indeed a personal choice to be who they wish to be.
We have come a long way and it so it would seem that the surgery is no longer required to be able to compete a the Olympic level but hormonal treatment is still required. There is still a form of oppression towards the transgender to prove that they are who they say they are.