I would be ok with this as well but you bring up a good point. Why do male sports bring in more revenue than female ones? Is it because males tend to be more into sports in general and are thus a larger consumer for them? If that's the case, why do men prefer to watch other men compete instead of females? Is it because they have some benchmark to compare themselves against since they are one?
E.x. I'm a male watching other males compete in powerlifting, I then can compare myself against other males of size and age and know how much the elite can lift.
So many questions and I bet @DonValentino would be able to provide some more insight into this topic.
I suppose one way to look at it is how these athletes compete during sporting events outside of the Olympics and thus how they're regulated. Although I'd imagine these other organizations would look to see how the Olympics set the standard since it's on the world stage
I actually have no idea why they gross so much more than women's sports .. I'm sure there are a lot of speculations but I would honestly imagine that there are more men that watch sports and like you said, they're into watching other men. I'm not too sure why. It reminds me of when I read that a movie (I think it was The Avengers?) tried to write in a female antagonist and they were shot down because it would lose many male viewers and consumers (toys, posters, etc). I'm not too sure why on either of those things, though. It can be like you said, people like to compare. I feel guilty of being more into female characters than male ones, though not for competitive reasons.
The Olympics do have set standards, they refer to them in that article .. but how they come up with them, I'm none too sure ...
I think there are hormone caps on men too. Basing this solely on baseball, MLB players can get suspended for getting testosterone shots, even if it may be medically indicated (Like, they have hypogonadism and low testosterone). They do this because if you let some people get a medical pass, what is stopping someone from stretching the truth to get a medical pass, all the way down until everyone gets one.
In this situation, I agree with you guys. This situation sucks. It wasn't her fault what happened, but at the same time, to provide fairness to her, we would be allowing unfairness to all the other female athletes. I have always disagreed with people who are M2F transgender to participate against females, because the transgender will usually win. It is just the biology of the body. But I admit I am a hypocrite bc I would be totally ok if a F2M participated with the men (I am just certain he wouldn't qualify, because again, genetics).
I don't think there is a hormone cap on men, at least those in the same sport she's in. Just based off that article making reference to that. So I'm not familiar with hypogonadism (thanks for throwing your fancy medical terms at me and making me google stuff ) but yeah, I suppose that's also a thinker. So that's basically the opposite of the medical issue she has? They have a deficient amount of hormones? See, now it gets even more conflicting for me because I feel as though these people should be allowed to have hormone injections to increase to a level where they can compete and are not held back by their disability. But now I'm conflicting myself, aren't it? HmmmmmmmmmmmmmMmm gotta put my thinking cap on now ... Because if they cap it, then they should be able to inject without having an 'unfair' advantage. But if they don't cap, like this article says, then that's a different story ..
It isn't fair to exclude her from the women's category simply because she produces testosterone. That isn't what makes her male.
So this is basically exactly how I feel. But I'm a lot less knowledge than you are. I just know that it would be extremely wrong for them to force her into the male category when she not only does not identify as one, but I don't even think she physically qualifies as one. I also hate the idea of making her take hormone treatments or be disqualified. I can't even imagine how that would effect my mood, body and personality when it's not something I truly want to do.