That is the question posed in an excellent essay by Shireen Ahmen, whose blog Tales of a Hijabi Footballer is a must-read for those interested in the global politics of global football. It is published at Football is a Country, part of the Africa is a Country blog.
The piece focuses on a recent incident of “gender testing” directed at Genoveva Anonma, a football player from Equatorial Guinea who was named Africa’s Female Footballer of the Year in 2012. It offers a powerful critique of the treatment of women’s football players by the sporting federations and institutions:
“Officials and administrators in football are supposed to be advocates for the beautiful game and for footballers — irrespective of gender. But the treatment of female players with regard to gender testing is deplorable. Officials have no boundaries when it comes to shaming female players.”